Woodinville, WA asked in Real Estate Law and Civil Litigation for Washington

Q: Can I sue a title company and realtor for negligence and/or violation of code of ethics/conduct?

I purchased a home thru a Sheriff's Sale-judicial foreclosure. The previous owner had it listed on MLS. I contacted the realtor and title company and informed them of my ownership and auction. Both told me no I hadn't and were told it's a lien.(by prev owner). During the process of trying to evict prev owner and clear the mortgage(trust foreclosure) the home was sold and prev owner pocketed nearly $200k. What recourse do I have against the title company and realtor? Or the previous owner for unjust enrichment? I own all rights, title and interest and understand that the home was not legally listable. Please advise

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Anthony M. Avery
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A: You will have to hire a WA attorney to file for Ejectment and Quiet Title. Did you search the title prior your bid? You may have bought nothing, or your sale terminates all liens and claims and you own it free and clear. Time is of the essence as there may be bona fide purchasers involved now. There will be numerous parties to sue and you may lose. A Notice Lis Pendens should be recorded.

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