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Profiting From Tax Liens

Nov 26, 2007
Tax liens are liens placed on a house or other piece of real estate because the owner owes taxes on the property that he cannot pay. There is a potential investment for real estate investors in tax liens. However, there is a lot of competition in this field, so understanding the mechanics of the process is crucial to finding success in this field.

When a homeowner does not pay the property taxes on his property, most counties will place a tax lien on the property. In many states, these tax liens can be sold at auction to investors. The winning bidder receives a state-issued tax lien certificate on the property in return for payment on the winning bid.

After the sale of the tax lien, the investor has to wait for a predetermined redemption period.During the redemption period the homeowner has the chance to repay the lien with interest. This investor that holds the tax lien makes money off of this interest.

If the redemption period ends and the homeowner or someone else has not paid off the tax liens, the lien holder can start the foreclosure process. This could end with the lien holder having the title to the home, or through a tax deed sale, which is similar to a foreclosure auction. The tax lien holder can participate in the sale, or can simply sell the property in return for the principal and interest owed on the tax lien.

Now, there are several ways that you as an average investor can benefit from tax liens. If you choose to educate yourself further about the process, you can start purchasing tax liens and earning off of the interest on them. However, each state handles its tax liens slightly differently, so it is crucial that you carefully review the rules on your state carefully before you begin buying tax liens.

Another way to benefit from tax liens is to purchase properties at tax deed sales. These properties sometimes are available at a deep discount. However, those properties with a high resale value are usually bought before they go to the tax deed sale. Often the properties available at these sales are not the best properties to invest in.

The best way to benefit from tax liens is to purchase the property from the homeowner, giving the homeowner the chance to pay off the mortgage and taxes without going into foreclosure or a tax deed sale. This is the best way to get a good discount on a property that you can then sell for profit. To do this, you will contact the property owner before the foreclosure auction or tax deed sale with an offer for the property. Often if your offer is large enough to allow the homeowner to pay what is owed, you can purchase the property directly. If there is a decent amount of equity in the property, you can then turn it around and sell it for a profit.

In this situation, both you and the homeowner benefit. You, of course, benefit from the profit you make reselling the property. The homeowner, on the other hand, benefits because he does not have to face the foreclosure or tax deed sale process, both of which can greatly damage credit ratings.
About the Author
Mike Kar is a real estate investor and mentor who has been helping people succeed in real estate investing and offers an infoproduct on real estate investing even if you have bad credit, no credit and no money.
Visit http://www.propertyforeclosureprofits.com
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