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A lien is a legal claim over property that must be paid before selling the property the lien is on. Understanding liens is important when you make get a car loan, a mortgage, or do not pay your taxes or mechanic's bills. Consensual liens are not a problem for you or your credit rating in most cases. This is what happens when you take out a loan when purchasing a car or house. It is like the car or house is used as collateral for the loan.

At a time when the world economy has been down, the words 'foreclosure' as well as 'tax liens' seem to be read frequently. You may have also heard of folks buying tax liens with the idea of getting a tax lien home for a very low expense. Individuals who buy tax lien home know the great rewards in their investment. To be able to know how this works, you need to firstly know very well what a tax lien is.

So many new tax lien investors don't know the difference between a tax lien and tax deed. They've heard that tax liens are a great investment and that you can get the property with a tax lien. So they confuse tax liens and tax deeds. Tax lien investing is not a good way to get property for back taxes. When you purchase a tax lien, you are not purchasing the property. What's different about a tax deed is that when you purchase a tax deed you are actually purchasing the deed to the property, not just a lien.

Recently someone contacted me with a very "valuable" lien that they had for sale. They didn't have the money to foreclose on the lien and wanted either to sell it or partner with someone on foreclosing it. (Have someone else hire a lawyer to foreclose on the lien and share in the profits). When I checked into the property, I found out that it was a vacant piece of land with little value, and the lien holder had already invested more than $16,000.00 into this lien. They had paid subsequent taxes over a few years and when they stopped paying the taxes the lien was struck off to the municipality.

Many people think that approaching the IRS to ask for a release of Lien is a negative or scary experience. Let's really think about what we're doing here. If you have obtained a property with a hefty tax lien, do you think you should really approach the IRS directly?

You must be wondering what this foreclosure thing is all about. The answer to this question is not a simple one, but once you come to terms with the procedure, you will see that it is not a too complicated thing.

A tax lien certificate is a document, a certificate of sale, which is issued by a taxing district (County or municipality) to an individual or an entity that purchases a tax lien. It is proof that a certain person or entity purchased a tax lien on a property in a specific taxing district. Since the local government can levy heavy penalties and interest to delinquent tax payers, these interest rates and penalties are passed on the purchaser of the tax lien. So if you purchase a tax lien on a property you receive the interest rate from the property owner that would normally go to the taxing district.

In Part I of this series I'll discuss why I think this is a perfect time to get started in tax lien investing and in Part II of this series I'll talk about why real estate auctions are a great opportunity for investors that have more cash available.

How much money is enough? If you're using tax lien investing as a way to invest for the future, then you can get started with a couple of thousand dollars. But if you want to create an income from tax lien investing than you need to invest much more.

I know this is probably one of your biggest challenges as a newbie tax lien investor - how to avoid all the competition at the tax sale. When you hear about how fierce the competition is at the tax sale, you're likely to give up and throw in the towel on tax lien investing before you even get started. I have 3 different strategies that I use at tax sales. Two of them are strategies that I use for live tax sales and the other one is a strategy that I use for both online and live tax sales.


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