If there are two or more liens on a property, the priority of liens determines the order in which the liens will be satisfied if the property must be sold.  The priority of most liens is the date and time that the lien was recorded in the public records.  Real estate (property) tax liens and special assessment liens take priority over all other liens.   They are automatically superior to any other lien.

The priority of liens may be changed by a written agreement known as a subordination agreement.  Under this agreement, the holder of a prior lien agrees to allow a junior lien holder’s interest to move ahead of his or her liens