The two words no Maine real estate agent, broker wants to hear uttered from a lawyers lips, "title problems".
But that pair of words can just mean garden variety issues. Not always major flaws on the title to the Maine real estate property listing. Does not mean automatically the Maine land title is junk, worthless, unfixable.
Those serious issues that rack up lots of billable hours.The trotting up and down courthouse steps to clear the title flaw. To remove the tail burdocks. To meet with a judge to straighten out land title issues. Round up heirs, work through wrinkles on the lines with neighborhoodd feuds raging fully. Hopefully.
Often what happened was a property tax lien was placed on record at the local registry of deeds in the county where the property is located.
For lack of tax payment during a lean year. And those back taxes were brought back up to speed, made current the following year. But no one went back into the registry of deeds to record a tax lien release from the muncipality that put the hex on the title. Had placed the lien after eighteen months of being behind on the tax bill for the property.
So the tax lien removal process is the easiest of title problems unless three years has gone by and the town has taken the real estate back. Acquired it for back taxes that were not paid on time and kept current. But there are other title issues that creep up in the sale of a property listing in Maine.