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If you purchase directly from the owner - the lien will stay with the property.
If the bank took the ownership on the property - and you purchase via the title company and pay for the title insurance - the lien must be cleared with proceeds from the sale before the title is transferred to you.
The lien MUST be removed before the title is transferred - otherwise - the lien will be YOUR responsibility.
Please be sure to ask if you need any clarification.