Local governments (county, city, township, town, parish) receive most of their operating funds from property taxes. When property owners default and fail to pay property taxes the local government’s method to enforce payment of those taxes is to place a tax lien on the property or seize the property and sell it for the back taxes which are due. If the property taxes remain unpaid the government in about half the states in the United States sell tax lien certificates and the others sell tax deeds at a tax defaultedauction. There are two basic systems used in the United States for local governments to recover unpaid taxes at a delinquent tax sale:

  1. In states that sell tax lien certificates the buyer of a tax lien certificate pays the government the amount of the past due taxes. When property taxes are paid, the tax lien certificate holder gets back all of the original investment plus a high interest rate from the government. In the occasional situation, where the tax lien certificate is not paid, it’s possible for the investor to get possession of the property, after a foreclosure process, for just the back taxes and fees owed to the government.
  2. In states that sell tax deeds the investor is buying the property, usually at a significant discount from the full market value.

Delinquent tax deed sales are most often held at a public auction, where anyone can buy, including foreign investors. Those who invest in tax lien certificates are often seeking a passive high interest return on their investment, while those, who invest in tax deeds are willing to buy and sell property and earn a much greater return on their investment at a delinquent tax deed sale auction.

Ted Thomas has helped many investors understand the answer to: “What is a tax defaulted property auction/delinquent tax deed sale auction like?” and the secrets to avoid costly mistakes. In the video linked below Ted introduces a young Canadian investor, who discusses how to pick between tax lien certificates and tax deeds.

Here is the info on tax sales from wikipedia

Be sure and check out our list of Tax Deed States if you are further interested in finding your first auction.

 

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Dan Nicholson
Dan Nicholson
06:29 14 Jun 17
Ted Thomas' tax sale training is among the best real estate courses I have experienced. It is very thorough, and teaches everything a newbie needs to know to get started quickly and to make money very safely with high yielding tax-foreclosed properties. There are approximately 3,000 tax foreclosure liens and deeds sold daily throughout the USA, so the opportunity is virtually unlimited. Ted's website delivers a ton of great information - tax sale calendars, video and text instruction, and instructive online instruction plus a Q&A session five days each week. A three-day intensive workshop with Ted and his experienced coaches presenting top notch instruction really clarifies any questions and concerns about Tax Foreclosures investing. Students can re-attend this boot camp each time it is offered at no additional charge. Ted definitely delivers much more than any other real estate Guru I know of. I strongly recommend his course. There is definitely a lot of money to be made with tax liens and tax deeds.
Verena Brand
Verena Brand
22:34 11 Jul 17
Ted Thomas, his office, and his coaches are giving a lot of value. The training online and his 3-day auction preparation workshops are complementing each other and worthwhile if you want to learn what you need to know to invest in Tax Lien Certificates and Tax Deeds successfully. His coaches are all actively investing and give you insiders' tips for Tax Sales. During the 3-day live event, I learned important things such as: How to increase your credit. How to protect your wealth. How to prepare yourself for a live and online auction. What land contracts are and how to use them. How CEO space can help you with your business. 13 different ways of selling a tax deed. In conclusion, I highly recommend Ted Thomas and his team if you plan to invest in Tax Deeds and Tax Liens.
Louie Pinto
Louie Pinto
13:32 08 May 17
I met Ted Thomas many years ago at an event. My wife and I were blown away with his knowledge and professionalism. He showed us a way that we could easily invest in safe and secure tax liens and deeds, and make some consistent returns. Well 3 years later, This journey has been amazing. Not only has my wife and I made money with Ted, His customer service team has been extraordinary. They make time to answer questions and I feel they really want you to succeed. His live events are priceless, since he brings in coaches and other successful students to share their expertise.Thanks again Ted, Kim, Bill W, Bill B, Ashley, Lance, Crystal and the rest of the team, that are helping my wife and I achieve financial freedom.
Marco Simon
Marco Simon
14:31 06 Jun 17
When I started this program, I have to admit, I was skeptical and quite frankly a little worried about being able to do this while still working full-time. I am so glad that I took the leap, I just went down to Florida a few weeks ago to the 3 day training and I feel confident that not only can I do this, I can succeed and possibly retire much earlier than anticipated. I am planning to attend my first auction in just a few weeks and I can't wait to put all my new skills to use and start making money! Thanks Ted and I really appreciate all the extra effort you and your team put into teaching me how to do this!
Bill Roth
Bill Roth
04:07 03 Jun 17
Ted Thomas"s program teaches you everything you wanted to know about purchasing Tax Deeds and Tax Liens for pennies on the dollar. I have been with Ted's program for a long time and always learn something new every time I attend one of his workshops. I have purchased multiple tax liens in Florida all at 18% and several properties in Michigan at tax deed auctions. I live in New Mexico where all liens and mortgages stay with the property, so every time I travel I am looking to using my training from Ted to purchase more liens and deeds. Anytime I need assistance I can call Ted's office and talk to his wonderful staff where I receive help anytime I need it. This is a proven program where you can make money from home spending as much time as you want. Bill Roth, Albq. N.M.
Douglas Adsit
Douglas Adsit
23:59 24 May 17
Having been an entrepreneur for over 30 years, the most important thing to me is working with systems that are proven but that allow for business creativity, so that you do not get stale or robotic. Ted's systems are strong and there is plenty of room for innovative results and exit strategies. The presenters were down to earth, smart and genuinely shared their successes. The potential to succeed is very high.
John Mills
John Mills
15:14 12 Jun 17
Ted Thomas provides real world training for those who want to increase their safe money rate of return through owning tax certificates or by buying the actual properties through tax deeds. I don't think anyone has more experience or teaches the material better than he does.My associate and I attended one of his 3 day events in Florida in Feb 2017 and got a great deal out of it.
Fred Wiedemeyer
Fred Wiedemeyer
14:03 12 Oct 17
Highly informative and straightforward workshop on tax deeds and liens by Ted. His admin staff - namely Ashley and Kim - are absolutely awesome!
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