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Important Tax Lien Tips For Your Investments

By Dalvin Rumsey

Tax liens are said to be a good investment, but what is that makes them so profitable? To answer this question, you have to get a bit familiar with the basics of tax liens. In the following lines, I shall try to gather all the most important things a person must know before getting involved with such a thing as tax liens. It is quite tricky to start such a business without any proper tips, as money is never something that anyone likes to willingly loose.

To start with the basic things on tax liens, it is a widely known fact that both the state and the county charge taxes on real property. These taxes are raised in order for the government to be able to pay for the essential services that it provides. The main idea is that the government cannot wait for the overdue taxes to be paid, as it budgets the money from taxes for their services. Thus, the solution they have come up with is offering the taxes to investors in the form of a lien.

Don't know how this all works so perfectly? Well, an investor pays the government the owed tax at the auction and then, when the property owner goes to pay off the tax lien, they pay the county. It is then the county that pays the investor for the amount of the principle investment plus a penalty. It is that simple!

Tax liens vary from state to state and can range from 5 to 300 percent on an investment. But don't get all happy about it, as once you buy a lien, your money has very little liquidity. This happens because an investor cannot make their payment until the property owner pays off the tax.
If he does not pay off the lien, then you have the first rights to the property. This is because the laws ensure that your lien will be paid off first. For example, if a bank has a mortgage on a property, if they don't pay you off it is all lost if you foreclose on the property and claim it.

Should you have the second lien on a property, you no longer own the first position. In this case, if a person wants to foreclose on a property, he must first buy out the lien from you, that is by paying off your tax lien first.
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