Seana Johnson, Coming back to my roots - renewing RE Lic (AgentProfesor)

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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

The Mechanic's Lien lwas in almost every state are designed to protect the sub-contractors and screw the homeowner! Another example of ignorant legislators! 

Dec 14, 2016 12:22 PM
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Fred Griffin, on leave of absence from ActiveRain
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

What Gabe Sanders said about Florida.   You can visit the particular county Clerk of the Court website.   To be certain, have a Title company or title company do the search for you.

Dec 14, 2016 02:48 PM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

In Florida these are entered into public records for the court and are there until removed.

Dec 14, 2016 09:26 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
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I'm not sure what a "registry" is but as Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA answered there is a procedure for filing mechanics liens in California.  It protects contractors as well as a potential buyer as the lien will show up on the preliminary title report should the property be on the market for sale.   

Dec 14, 2016 11:06 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Seana Johnson Gabe Sanders has a good answer.

Dec 14, 2016 10:39 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

We have something where the contractors can file a lien to get paid.  Not too familiar with it as that's not my area.

Dec 14, 2016 10:20 AM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

NC is like Florida, as Gabe Sanders said - this is documented at the court house and is public record.  It protects the buyers and the contractors as well. 

Dec 14, 2016 10:05 AM
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Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

I am certain all mechanic's lien is added to the title when in dispute. 

Dec 15, 2016 07:42 AM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I have never heard of this. A title search should identify any mechanic's liens.

Dec 15, 2016 04:40 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

We have the ROC - but not aware of anything that "manages" mechanic's liens

Dec 15, 2016 03:59 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Sometimes title is able to dig them out.They have to be paid, no way around it. 

Dec 14, 2016 07:59 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
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The title companies deal with this.

Dec 14, 2016 07:22 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
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Whether or not a state does this, it might not be up to date when the property settles.  It needs to be dealt with in the contract.

Dec 14, 2016 05:31 PM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
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As Wayne Martin wrote. MLs are designed to protect contractors, not homeowners.

Dec 14, 2016 03:59 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
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It helps the contractor get paid and helps make sure the title will be warrantable for the lender.

Dec 14, 2016 02:55 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
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Seana Johnson - they somehow are for the contractors only. I remember a case where contractor did not complete the work, a homeowner did not pay in full - and when I was trying to sell the home, we see this! Not a good idea for the homeowners for sure.

Dec 14, 2016 02:49 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Yes, we have things in place.

Dec 14, 2016 02:38 PM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
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 No I am not aware of any ...

Dec 14, 2016 01:57 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

It is public record.

Dec 14, 2016 01:32 PM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

ahhh, mechanics liens only benefit the contractor. We don't have anything like this in IL.

Dec 14, 2016 01:23 PM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Blog about what you have in your state.

Dec 14, 2016 10:15 AM
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Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

The Construction Contractor's Board for the state of Oregon requires that contractors be licensed and any complaints against them are registered here for the public to view. Mechanic's liens are recorded on an individual property and are available to view via a search at the county records department, but there is no state wide registry for these.  

Dec 14, 2016 10:04 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

We don't and I don't think we need another state department to manage them.

Dec 14, 2016 09:44 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

This is how it works in Florida.

You need a fully updated kitchen. They'll do it for $37,000. GREAT!

The contractor takes your money and in comes the demolition and haul away company. Then repositioning the plumber by the plumber. The electrician, The flooring, lighting, cabinetry, all done by sub-contractors.

The contractor gets in the truck and heads back to Wisconsin, with all the money. The sub-contractors, not being paid, CAN compel the homeowner to pay AGAIN for the work that they have paid for already.

Moral to the story in FLORIDA: 

1. No subcontractors
2. Pay on completion only.
3. Compel subs to sign "Paid in Full' receipt before commencement.

Dec 14, 2016 09:31 AM