Saturday, October 24, 2009

Colorado tax lien sales

Colorado tax lien sales are going to put online in November 2009. For more information, please access the SRI auction site here:

  • Pueblo County Tax Certificate Sale - October 13 - October 15
  • Jefferson County Tax Certificate Sale - October 22 - October 26
  • Alamosa County Tax Certificate Sale - November 10 - November 12
  • Costilla County Tax Certificate Sale - November 17 - November 19
  • Monday, June 15, 2009

    Carleton Sheets names Don Sausa's real estate book #1 noteworthy read?

    Though I have no association to Carleton Sheets and his infomercials regarding real estate topics or seminars, I do appreciate being selected as the #1 "Noteworthy Real Estate Books" on his web site.


    Don Sausa

    June Florida Tax Liens Sales

    Counties across the state of Florida are fairly busy this month due to the amount of tax liens they are selling. One of the biggest counties selling tax lien certificates is the Miami Dade area. To access their link, you can find it here:

    There are also other counties, some in California, that's selling online. You can find an auction calendar on Bid4Assets available here:

    Government HUD sales and foreclosures

    United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and other federal agencies have created one web site that lists all of their properties that are for sale. The web site can be found here:

    The other site that's inter-linked is called:

    Interestingly enough, they even have vehicles and international properties on here. A great find for anyone looking for bargain purchases! As always, please do your due diligence and continue to seek legal or professional counsel before attempting to purchase property.

    Thanks! -Don Sausa

    Friday, May 15, 2009

    Marion County, FL Tax Deed Sale (Over the Counter)

    Marion County Florida has tax deed sales available on this link below:

    While you may not know the county, the county seat is Ocala. The county has roughly 316,183 in population. Marion County has warm temperatures throughout the year and like any place in Florida, it has no state income tax.

    As always, please make sure to seek legal and professional consultations when investing in foreclosures. Do your proper diligence in tax deed sales.

    Wednesday, January 21, 2009

    New York Times article on tax liens

    Here's an interesting tax lien article on the New York Times. It was published in 1999. The title of the article is YOUR HOME; Tax Liens Can Enrich Investors.

    A quick excerpt...

    Published: August 15, 1999

    ANYONE who has seriously contemplated making money in real estate has probably encountered the arcane but potentially profitable practice of investing in tax liens at public sales -- the legal process through which municipalities obtain payment of delinquent property taxes.

    Real estate experts say it is possible to make a secure investment with a high rate of return in property tax liens, even for unsophisticated investors. And savvier, more careful and more knowledgeable investors can even obtain title to real estate for a small fraction of its market value by buying property at a tax foreclosure sale, the experts say.


    Monday, January 05, 2009

    OTC Tax Deeds - Miami Dade County, FL

    Florida and Miami real estate investors, currently there is no upcoming tax deed auctions listed; however, there is an over the counter list available at the site. You can download it here.

    You can purchase the deeds by going to 140 W. Flagler Street, Room 908, Miami, FL 33130. You can call (305) 375-5943 for more details.

    Upcoming Tax Lien Auction - Navajo County, AZ

    February 10, 2009

    Navajo County is having their tax lien sale on February 10, 2009.

    The parcels and taxes available are from the Holbrook Tribune News.

    Bids will be taken by bidder number which is provided at sign-in. If you have read my tax lien book which guides you through this process, you will find that there are a few things that they need:

    1. Name(s) as it will appear on the Certificate.
    2. Address & phone number.
    3. Completed W9 form. (This is for the IRS. SSN, Business Tax ID/EID, or Tax ID for foreigners that do not have tax ids.)
    4. You must have a bidder number for each entity for which you are purchasing. (Lots of realtors bid as proxies.)

    For more information, you can contact:

    Navajo County
    Treasurer Office
    100 East Carter Drive
    South Highway 77
    Holbrook, AZ 86025
    Holbrook: (928) 524-4172
    Fax: (928) 524-4211

    Web site is available here.

    Richard Davet fought Bank of America's foreclosure action for 11 years

    Just read up on this story about Richard Davet, an Ohio resident who fought off Nations Bank (Bank of America bought it out awhile back).

    You see in 1996, he was served with a foreclosure lawsuit because he refused to pay late fees. He argued the bank calculated it incorrectly. The bank finally asked for the entire loan amount - which of course, he was not able to pay.

    Most law firms that handle foreclosures go through hundreds if not thousands of them every year, and for the most part -- the homeowner does not fight off. Within eight months or less, the entire process is completed and the homeowner has to leave the home.

    But Richard Davet, fought off -- for 11 years, filing motions, objections, and studying law at his local library. He did not make a single house payment until finally the courts sided with the bank. An interesting story of a man that stretched the law on his side, until it finally caught up with him.

    I hope he saved enough to rent or buy another house. In my opinion, BoA should just have let him re-do the loan and agreed the late fees will be waived. Their fees and costs off this were off the roof!

    Saturday, January 03, 2009

    How to Buy Houses At Auctions and Other Real Estate Videos on YouTube

    eHow and other YouTube contributors have created some good videos about how to buy houses at auctions, and how to do correct home inspections. Don't miss out on this by ignoring YouTube. All too often we hear YouTube only when new viral videos are out or there's a funny baby doing an awkward dance. In reality, many real estate gurus are going on YouTube to provide some valuable insights and of course, sell products.

    For instance, on a video playing below (one of), it talks about investing in bank owned property, which you either buy with pre-approved loans or cash. The one presenting was a broker and while she leaned towards having real estate agents help you along the way (go figure), she did have common sense tips that you definitely need to take note of.

    In short -- YouTube can be your friend too in your road to real estate investing!

    U.S. commercial real estate taking a hit in 2009 -- tax liens potentially increasing

    With this economic recession, we all know that residential properties across the nation were struggling; however, there was one piece of good news -- commercial real estate continued to slowly grow or at the least, remain stagnant. But it is looking like commercial real estate is no longer going to be the protected from the storm.

    According to Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services and National Real Estate Investor magazine, roughly 1,000 large commercial properties were already in default last year and the worst is yet to come! There's another 3,700 large commercial properties going belly up, potentially in 2009. That is roughly an $80 billion hit.

    This is a direct consequence of restaurant chains closing, retail businesses cutting costs, and stopping expansions, and in some cases like Office Depot, Circuit City, Movie Gallery, and others -- closing stores.

    But what does this mean to you the Investing Without Losing tax lien investor? You may start seeing...which a few years ago was liens on viable commercial property! Those that are backed by the bank are usually paid out in time, but some do slip through the cracks and get converted into tax deeds, which investors can buy cheaply.

    While the prospect of having additional foreclosures is bad news for the current state that we are in, we should continue to look on the bright side. It provides others, those that saved and are properly leveraged, the ability to buy at discount and help communities recoup their much needed tax dollars for roads and other public services by investing in tax liens.

    Thanks, -Don