What do you have more of time or money?

Have money but no time?

Some investors have plenty of money to invest in tax lien certificates and/or tax deeds, but they don’t have the time to do the due diligence and bid at the tax sales. If you’re short on time but you have a substantial amount of money to invest then you might want to use a tax lien agent or a tax lien investing fund to do the work for you.

Agents and fund manager are experts at purchasing and managing profitable tax liens and tax deeds for their clients. They have a competitive edge that as an individual investor, you don’t have, and they have a better chance of getting profitable liens than you do. By using a tax lien agent or investing in a tax lien fund you don’t just take care of your problem of not having enough time to do the work; you also manage to be more competitive. This also solves the problem of having to travel if you don’t live in the state that you want to invest in. For instance if you California, which is a deed state but you want to invest in tax liens, that could be a problem if you’re doing it yourself.

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If you don’t have a big chunk of money to invest, but you have some time to do the work, you can start investing in tax liens with as little as $500. You just need to be able to have the time to go to tax sales and to do the due diligence necessary to ensure that you buy profitable tax liens. You can make decent profits with small tax liens; it will just take you longer to get enough money invested to where you are seeing decent redemption checks.

When I started investing back in 2002 I purchased one of my first small liens, it was a utility lien just under $500. In some states delinquent utilities owed to the town or county are sold at tax sales. This lien was for sewer charges and each year thereafter I was able to pay the subsequent sewer charges. The mortgage company paid the taxes, but the owners of the property never paid the sewer charges. Since in this state a tax lien does not expire for 20 years, I let this go on for a few years. Finally in 2011 – 9 years after I first purchased the lien, I forced redemption by sending a pre-foreclosure letter to the property owner and lien holders.

The mortgage company paid off the lien to the tune of over $7,201.74. Now this was not all profit, I had paid in $3919.56 over the course of 6 years (I made my last payment in 2008 and then did nothing for 3 years), $3282.18 was profit from interest and penalties. I almost doubled my money in 9 years starting with less than $500 and investing a total of under $4000 over 6 years, and then waiting 3 more years to collect my interest – you just can’t do that in the bank!

Author's Bio: 

Joanne Musa works with investors who want to reap the rewards of investing in profitable tax lien certificates and tax deeds. Her tax lien investing articles appear all over the Internet. Tax Lien Lady’s Member’s Area is designed to help you navigate though the steps to building a profitable portfolio of tax liens or tax deeds. With 3 full courses, dozens of videos, and monthly webinar training, you’ll quickly move forward on your journey to tax lien investing success! Join us at www.TaxLienLady.com/Membership.htm