There are ways that you can purchase tax sale properties for pennies on the dollar, but not buy going to the tax sale. You can avoid the competition at the tax sale in tax deed states by contacting the owners of these properties before they are sold in the tax sale. You can do this by finding vacant properties that are on the tax sale list that have out of state owners and by contacting the owners of these properties. What you are looking for are property owners who have already decided, for whatever reason that they no longer want the property, and were prepared to let it go at the tax sale. Then you can offer them a small consideration for deeding the property to you before the tax sale. In this way you can pick up vacant properties for less than what they would sell for at the tax sale.
But why would someone just handover a quitclaim deed to their property to you? There are many reasons why someone would do this. There are many reasons why a person would do this. Here are just a few: Divorce or other life changes, loss of a job, or relocation to another area of the country. It is important to check for other liens on the property before you do this because since you are purchasing the property directly from the owner, you would be responsible for any liens, judgments, or mortgages they may be on the property. So check that out first.
Did you know that there is a little known secret about tax deeds that you can do in some states that will let you cash in on tax deed properties without going to the tax sale? You can find out all about it in my free Tax Foreclosure Fortunes mini-course. Get your copy at www.TaxForeclosureFortunes.com.