Mechanics' liens shall be preferred to all other liens which may attach to or upon a building or improvement and to the land upon which it is situated, except liens of record prior to the time of the original commencement of the work or improvements. However, construction mortgage liens shall be preferred to all mechanics' liens of claimants who commenced their particular work or improvement subsequent to the date of the recording of the construction mortgage lien. For purposes of this section, a lien is a "construction mortgage lien" to the extent that it secures loans or advancements made to directly finance work or improvements upon the real estate which secures the lien. The rights of purchasers, encumbrancers, and other persons who acquire interests in good faith and for a valuable consideration, and without notice, after the expiration of the time for filing claims for mechanics' liens, are prior to the claims of all contractors or subcontractors who have not, at the dates such rights and interests were acquired, filed their claims for such liens.
[R60, § 1851, 1853, 1855; C73, § 2137, 2139, 2141; C97, § 3092, 3095; C24, 27, 31, 35, 39, § 10287; C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 572.18]
84 Acts, ch 1215, § 1
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