We closed a purchase transaction yesterday involving REO property being sold by a lender to a cash buyer.
There was a last minute snafu when the seller paused for several hours to decide if they wanted to pay outstanding water and sewer charges. These totaled roughly $3000 on a small transaction. They did eventually close, however, we had to adjust the schedule and wait while they faced reality.
We had to wonder how it was that they hadn't understood that municipal charges do survive foreclosure and if they didn't pay them, who would?