Hi and welcome to JA. I am Ray and will be the expert helping you today.
The seller here may not have clear title.Here are the terms of a sheriffs sale in this county.
Does the foreclosure or tax deed sale erase all other liens on the property?
No! There may still be other encumbrances (judgments, priority mortgages, taxes, or liens) that survive the sale. The winning bidder takes title to the property subject to all defects, liens, encumbrances, and matters of which he/she has or could obtain knowledge. It is the bidder's responsibility to perform all research regarding the property, including the value, title defects, liens, mortgages, or other encumbrances. The Clerk's Office does not guarantee a clear title and is not responsible for any encumbrances on the property purchased at auction.
The laws regarding foreclosures are extremely complicated. It is recommended that all bidders perform a title search and consult an attorney prior to placing a bid.
You want to be real careful here, as the sheriff states the buyer here did not get clear title.They apparently have not cleared the liens on the property.You buy this only if it is worth it to you to pay off these liens here.Otherwise the original buyer should clear the liens by a suit to quiet title and get an order of clear title.Then you know you are getting a clear marketable title here.
You are getting flawed title since you know there are existing liens which remain on the title.You have to decide if you want to go there.Not sure this is worth what they are trying to flip it for given the title issues with liens still on the property.
I appreciate the chance to help you today.Please let me know if you have more follow up.Thanks again.