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How To Buy Tax Lien Certificates For Profit

Aug 10, 2008
Buying tax lien certificates can be a very profitable way to invest in real estate and with the right knowledge can provide very healthy returns on your money. But it's not to be treated as a "get-rich-quick" scheme, as the in-experienced can find it soon becomes a "lose-your-shirt-quick" investment model. By way of a brief introduction, a tax lien is basically a means that guarantees that a business or individual that lends money or provides a service will be repaid for that investment, by securing a lien on the property of the person receiving the money or services.

A tax lien certificate is issued and is secured against the personal property of the person receiving the loan. Of all the different types of liens, the most popular or common is the mortgage lien. Every different type of lien is subject to its own set of rules and regulations.

Here we are talking about property tax liens specifically, of which there are two main types; the particular lien and the general lien. A particular lien allows the investor (the person lending the money or providing the services to the owner) to claim access to the property (or the equity held within it). Liens are either legal (or federal) in nature - which means they are enforceable in a court of law - or equity liens which are bound by equity courts.

As a private investor, you are then able to buy tax lien certificates with the aim of profiting from the liened property. You need to be aware, however, that you are not actually buying the property - you are in effect lending the property owner the money they need to repay the lien certificate, but at an agreed rate of interest that was set at the sale of the property lien, and a pre-determined time period by which they must repay the money to you.. This rate of interest can vary anywhere between 6% and 50% depending on the state and various other factors.

So here's how we make our profits. If the property owner is able to repay the value of the tax lien certificate back to you within the allotted schedule, including all interest owed to you, he retains ownership of the property, and his credit rating remains intact.

In the event where the property owner is not able to repay the tax lien back to you, in full, ownership of the property is transferred to you as the purchaser of the tax lien certificate. The property is now yours for you to do with as you wish.

So as a quick recap, s an owner of a tax lien certificate, you will either make a profit by way of the interest repaid on your loan to the property owner, or of the owner is unable to make the repayment, you take ownership of the property and make your profit from how you then manage that property.

The bottom line is that investing in tax lien certificates is relatively safe (providing you understand in detail how the process works, and where any potential risks lie), and is a profit focused way to invest in real estate.
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Author and real estate investor Mike Fairweather explains how to invest in property without massive investments. Buying tax lien certificates can be a lucrative road to building a real estate portfolio. Tax Lien Investments
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