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Are you asking how to confirm what loans are on the property and what any payoff would be?
Ok, then a title search is the best way to find out everything that is on the title to the property. This will disclose all liens, loans, judgments, encumbrances, etc. and let you know how many mortgages there are and what the balances are.
Any local title/closing company can run a title search, normally for around $150 or so and have that info to you in a couple days.. A real estate attorney can do it, but they will be slower and charge more...
A title search is physically run by someone going down to the vault where the deeds and mortgages are and researching everything that has been filed on the property address.. that includes deed, mortgages, liens, encumbrances, taxes, etc. so it isn't really something you can do online remotely with any degree of accuracy.
So wherever the property is located is where you need to contact a local title/closing company if you want the most accurate report to know what you might be getting into...
You are very welcome.. and this will be the best money you ever spent if it shows a lot of problems and keeps you from getting mixed up in a huge problem and potentially losing thousands if not tens of thousands...