Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Tax Deed Investing: A Better Way to Purchase Property for Pennies on the Dollar

This is the second article in a series about advanced strategies for buying tax delinquent properties. You can read the first article in the series at http://taxlienconsulting.blogspot.com/2008/09/tax-deed-investing-can-you-still-get.html. In my last article "Tax Deed Investing: Can You Still Get Property For Pennies on the Dollar," I introduced you to Jack Bosch and his Land For Pennies system of buying tax delinquent properties. In this article, I'd like to tell you a little more about Jack's method and explain how it's different from investing in tax lien certificates or tax deeds.

When you purchase a tax lien certificate you very rarely get the opportunity to foreclose on the property. On the very small percentage of liens that you might get to foreclose on, it can take years from the time you purchase the tax lien certificate to when you actually get the property. You have to purchase the lien, wait the redemption period, and then go through the foreclosure process. This can take 3 years, or even longer in some states. So tax lien investing is not a good way to get property for pennies on the dollar.

A better way to purchase properties for a fraction of market value is tax deed investing. But tax deed investing is getting very competitive. It is not uncommon in some states for properties to get bid up to 80% of market value at a tax deed sale. In most states, when you purchase a deed at a tax sale, you do not get clear title. You have to then go and clear the title before you can sell the property to someone else. This takes more of you time and money, reducing your profit in your investment.

There are a lot of advantages to using the Jack Bosch's Land for Pennies system of buying tax delinquent properties over investing in tax deeds or liens. With his system, you don't even go to the tax sale, so you avoid a lot of the competition. You purchase the property from the property owner before it ever goes into the sale. By focusing on land in more rural areas, you can further reduce your competition. Since you are purchasing the property directly from the owner, you get clear title to the property and can sell it fast for quick profit. And you can even get these properties at a lower price than if you you had to bid on them at the tax sale.

This Land for Pennies system is a way that you can purchase tax delinquent properties for pennies on dollar without going to the tax sale, with minimal competition from other investors, and get clear title to the property. Tune into the next article in this series to learn about Jack's steps for success. You can find out more about Jack's Land for Pennies system and his new Land Profits Formula on my podcast blog at www.TaxLienInvestingTips.com

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