Tax Lien Investing: Are You Prepared to Begin?
I have observed that many individuals that desire to start out with tax lien investing do
not actually have a good understanding of what's involved. They under estimate two things - the quantity of cash
needed to invest in tax lien certificates and the period of time that's concerned in order to find profitable tax
Let’s discuss about the time involved in investing in tax lien certificates. Tax lien sales in most states are
normally held on weekdays at normal working hours, so you will have to have the time to attend the sale to bid on
the certificates that you're interested in. In a few states you may be able to mail in your bid, it’s to your
benefit to attend the sale.
However this is under half of the time that you'll want to invest in purchasing worthwhile tax liens. Before you
can even get to this point you need to do some sort of due diligence on the properties which might be in the tax
sale. The record of properties that you just get before the sale from the tax workplace, usually, does not tell you
something concerning the property. Continuously this list will solely include the tax ID, proprietor of report, and
amount owed. It doesn’t even provide the location of the property!
So the first thing that you have to do is look up the assessment data on the property and find the address.
You’ll need to go and take a look at the property to make sure that the assessment information is up to date. You
want to ensure that the property is worth considerably more than the quantity that’s owed for again taxes. Needless
to say you'll have to pay the taxes on this property throughout the redemption period (if it doesn’t redeem) before
you'll be able to foreclose on it or apply for a deed.
This brings up the opposite issue that a beginner typically underestimates once they get started in tax lien
investing, and that’s how much cash is needed to invest in tax lien certificates.
Often individuals inform me that they wish to get started with lower than $250.00. That is really not enough.
Though chances are you'll not need as a lot to put money into tax liens as you do for tax deeds, you still want at
the very least $2000.00 to get started. Though chances are you'll be capable of buy a lien for below $200, you
continue to must pay the taxes on that property till the lien is redeemed. When you don’t, the property may wind up
in next years tax sale and another investor may buy that lien.