Q: I want to buy a piece of property that has back taxes owed on it. who is responsible to pay those taxes. Thank you.
A: The owner of the property. The taxes will be paid at the closing.
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A: As part of the settlement procedure, you should purchase title insurance. The title company as part of its due diligence will have a debts, taxes due and tax liens, mortgages and encumbrances, etc. removed at the time of settlement to insure good title to the buyer. This is done by the title company demanding that the seller pay off all of these debts at the settlement table. All of these amounts due are paid by the seller.
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