If you do a little research on the subject, you would find a few books have made it into the mainstream financial press. But most consumers of investment products do not know the basics of how to invest in this government backed and federally funded process of collecting on delinquent taxes.
However, an investor is not guaranteed to get a good return by investing in real estate. Let’s look at the 2008 financial crisis. Some unfortunate investors purchased property just before the crisis hit. They probably observed the housing market and believed that prices would continue to increase. Unfortunately, most of them lost out.
If you are a two-income earning family, with credit scores of 680 or better, and have some money in the bank (or other assets); you would want to take advantage of the ‘buyer’s market’ and buy a home. Good news for qualified buyers – due to the reduced number of people looking to buy homes now, home sellers of higher-end properties are having to drop their selling prices. This means buyers can look at homes that are a bit outside what they normally would be able to afford.
A third benefit of rental property investing is that it is not very liquid. Now some people see this as a flaw. However, this can be looked at from a different perspective. When stock prices fall rapidly investors are often spooked into selling assets. This is easy to do and stock investors will sell at lowest prices rather than having a long term strategy. If you have a property that is providing positive cash flow, you are not usually tempted to sell if some prices fall. You usually wait it out. Unless you are going through a divorce, you can usually sell your property on your terms.
You do not need a lot of money to start with, or know a lot about real estate. I started out with no clue about real estate and only a few thousand dollars to invest with.
The way to do this is to wait until after the tax sale. The properties that actually sold at tax sale tell you two things: first, that they were nice enough for someone to bid on, and second, that they probably don’t have a mortgage. Mortgage companies don’t let mortgage property make it all the way to tax sale. They pay off the taxes in the meantime, and foreclose themselves.
Here was her first shocker. Two of the four tenants wouldn’t pay any rent, and still haven’t since her official possession on November 1st, 2010. One of these tenants even had 3 dogs living in the small apartment. Yikes. So here she has two families paying rent and the two others zero, nada.