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Did the title company advise you about the lien? The issue with an escrow closing is that the title company does not represent either party. I am surprised that no one advised you of a lien until the day of closing. It is true that the lien must be released prior to clearing the 49k if there is no matter left over to disburse to you until that lien is removed.
Would you need to bring in money to close or would you just not be receiving any money until the lien is released?
Are you online with me? What happened with the closing?