Our abstractor checked tax claim and reported taxes owing for years 2003 thru 2008. The REO seller paid the taxes at closing and we insured.
Last month our insured buyer got a notice from tax claim that 2002 taxes are still due and will move to a tax sale later in the year.
Our abstractor goes back to see what happened. You need to know that the structure on our insured real estate is a doublewide. Turns out that this doublewide was on a rented lot in 2002 and was assessed with its own parcel number in 2002.
Tax claim says the old parcel number for the DW was merged into the parcel for our insured land when the trailer was moved. We checked. There is no notation of a merger. There is nothing an abstractor could have been expected to find to tell them this. It was an entirely different tax parcel number on different land. It could have been a different DW. There's really no way to know.
What do you think? Any thoughts?
Right now the matter is in the hands of our underwriter's claim department but I am curious to hear your comments.