How can I purchase a home after the owner's death?
Question Details: I currently live in a home where the owner died 15 years ago. I was paying rent to the owners son but he also died. I no longer pay rent and the back taxes have not been paid for 10 years.The home may come up for sheriff's sale soon. I am currently paying all of the utilities and for upkeep. Is there a legal way for me to purchase this home?
If it's coming up on a sheriff's sale, you can bid for it at that sale--that would be the only way to get it from the government, if it is seized for taxes.
If a bank forecloses (e.g. if a mortgage is not paid), you can try to buy it at the foreclosure sale or auction.
If you can identify the executor or personal representative of the owner's son (who presumably inherited when his father died), you may be able to negotiate with them and buy it from the estate.
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