October 29th, 2019 11:22 PM by Eric Willner
Radio Show Notes 10/28/19 Monday: Real Estate Tax Auctions Can be Very Lucrative. Here’s The Inside Scoop on Who, What, Where, When, and How!
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Real Estate IS the IDEAL Investment. You already knew that and that now is a good time to be buying income producing real estate for cash flow and equity building. Real Estate Tax Auctions Can be a Very Lucrative way to acquire well priced properties. This week we will talk a lot about that and how to do it. We are even going to let you come along for the ride as we prepare for a real live auction experience. Want to come along?
Buying property at aa real estate Tax Auction is very different than the conventional way people buy homes. Normally when you buy a house, you don’t want a home with any outstanding liens against it . That’s also why you pay for a title company to protect you from that. But what happens to those houses with outstanding taxes? Normally they have to be brought current by the Seller or the real estate taxes due can be deducted from the purchase price if there is enough equity.
Even if there is not, you can buy those, too. Or you can just buy the lien and profit from that. Here's how these processes work.
There are two types of real estate tax sales:
There are two types of tax sale homes: tax lien sale homes and tax deed sale homes. Both represent sales of homes with unpaid property taxes.
A tax lien sale is when the liens are auctioned off to the highest bidder. The highest bidder now has the right to collect the liens, plus interest, from the homeowner. If the homeowner can’t pay the liens, the new lien owner can foreclose on the property.
In a tax deed sale, a property with unpaid taxes is sold in its entirety, at auction.
The Specific Rules of Real Estate Tax Sales Vary By State
A tax lien sale is a method many states use to force an owner to pay unpaid taxes. The local governments need the taxes to operate and provide police, fire and school services. It can not wait for the delinquent homeowners to pay up. So they sell liens against delinquent properties. This gives homeowners a chance to pay those taxes along with high penalty fees. Twenty-nine states, plus Washington, DC, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico allow tax lien sales.
Each state uses a slightly different process to perform tax lien sales. A typical process works like this:
• A property owner neglects to pay his or her taxes.
• A waiting period initiates. State laws vary on the waiting time before the tax collectors intervene; it can range from a few months to a few years.
• The unpaid taxes are auctioned off at a tax lien sale.
• The highest bidder gets the lien against the property.
• The tax collector uses the money earned at the tax lien sale to compensate for unpaid back taxes.
• The homeowner has to pay back the lien holder, plus interest, or face foreclosure.
Real Estate Tax Auctions Can be Very Lucrative
Homeowners whose properties have undergone a tax lien sale are given a window of time, known as the redemption period, in which to pay their overdue taxes plus interest to the new lien holder.
If the homeowner repays back taxes, the lien holder makes money from the amount accrued in interest. Interest rates vary by state. For example, Florida has a maximum interest rate of 18% while Iowa has only 2%, according to the Tax Auction Investors. The rate you get is also dependent on the auction—and it's usually not the maximum rate.
If the redemption period passes and the taxes remain unpaid, the lien holder has the right to foreclose on the property. That’s not an easy task—the lien holder has to file a lawsuit to get the title to the property, which can be an expensive and time-consuming ordeal. The pa off may or may not be worth it, especially if the property is heavily damaged.
Tax deed sale and instant ownership
A tax deed sale is different from a tax lien sale in that it offers complete ownership of a property. In some states, the government will seize homes with unpaid property taxes and then sell the properties at a tax deed sale, which is a public auction. The property at a tax deed sale is usually sold for the amount due in unpaid taxes, plus fees and interest charges. It’s also known as a foreclosure auction.
Even though that amount could be relatively low, bidders usually drive up the price during the auction process. Before being transferred to the winning bidder, the property should be cleared of all mortgages and liens against it.
Get Educated To Avoid Unnecessary Risks
Buying a home at a tax sale is considered risky. In many cases, you can’t even examine the house from the inside and have to guess on its interior condition. That also means no home inspection, so you can get stuck with a house filled with building violations and environmental hazards such as radon. And if you have to foreclose on a tax lien property with the homeowners still there, you have no way of knowing if they’re going to damage the property before they leave.
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