Are you looking to make money from delinquent tax properties? There are several ways. The first question to ask yourself is, what do you want to accomplish by getting involved with delinquent tax properties?
Basically there are two ways to make money by getting attending tax sales: return, in the form of interest, on tax liens that you can purchase, and which wind up paying you off, or by acquiring the properties themselves at a bargain price.
If you’re interested on earning an above-market rate on your money, consider investing in tax liens. About half the states in the country sell tax liens against delinquent tax properties. Once you buy a tax lien, the owner and other interested parties will have a certain time period to pay off the lien, with interest and reimbursement of your legal costs. This is called the redemption period. If you don’t really want to acquire delinquent tax properties but are interested in a solid return only, buy liens on nicer properties in good areas. Most of the time the lien will be bid up by other people attending the auction to about 75% or more of the property’s value. But usually you earn the stated interest rate on the entire amount you invest.
By investing in nicer properties, you almost guarantee that you will be paid off and earn your interest. Over 95% of properties in the upper range of condition and value wind up paying off. Just don’t overpay for the lien in the event the lien doesn’t pay off. In that case you will apply for a deed after the redemption period and receive the property for what you invested in the lien.
The second way to make money is to try to acquire delinquent tax properties. I’ve found that most people want to get involved with delinquent tax properties in order to acquire bargain property. This is a lot trickier.
If you attend a tax deed sale, where a deed (and immediate ownership) is offered, you will be bidding against several others and the price will often reach retail value. If you buy tax liens to try to get property, you will have to wait out the redemption period, and will also often have to bid the prices of the liens up to near retail value. You may have to bid on low-end properties to have any chance of acquiring one with a lien. Also, you must hire an attorney to handle all of the legal work that goes along with acquiring delinquent tax properties through a lien.
So does this mean that it’s difficult to get cheap tax delinquent properties? Not at all. You just have to approach it from the right angle: buying the tax delinquent properties right from the owners before they lose them!
Now you don’t have to wait to get your property and do all the research needed to buy tax liens or tax deeds. Just see who is about to lose their property to tax sale, and contact them right beforehand! You’ll be amazed, many of the delinquent tax properties are free and clear, and the owners simply don’t want them anymore or can’t afford to keep them up. Then you can resell immediately for nice profits, or keep them for rentals.