Profit by Investing in Real Estate Tax Liens: Earn Safe, Secured, and Fixed Returns Every Time [NOOK Book]

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Profit by Investing in Real Estate Tax Liens introduces an investment alternative that is safe, secured by real estate, administered by the government, involves no brokers, is enforced by state law, and gives fixed returns.

Selling tax liens or tax deeds (depending on the state) are the two ways that counties across the country bring delinquent property taxes up-to-date. This investment is one of the least publicized and safest ways of investing in real estate, designed to give ...

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Profit by Investing in Real Estate Tax Liens: Earn Safe, Secured, and Fixed Returns Every Time

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Overview

Profit by Investing in Real Estate Tax Liens introduces an investment alternative that is safe, secured by real estate, administered by the government, involves no brokers, is enforced by state law, and gives fixed returns.

Selling tax liens or tax deeds (depending on the state) are the two ways that counties across the country bring delinquent property taxes up-to-date. This investment is one of the least publicized and safest ways of investing in real estate, designed to give the investor either a fixed return, as in the case of investing in tax liens, or a property for 10 to 50 cents on the dollar, as in the case of a tax deed sale. In most situations, the property is ultimately transferred free of any liens, such as mortgages.

Profit by Investing in Real Estate Tax Liens also debunks the common myth that tax delinquent properties are run-down and shows that liens exist on every type of property. Author Larry Loftis, an attorney and active investor, has purchased liens on properties owned by Julius "Dr. J" Erving, Hector "Macho" Camacho (world champion boxer), Chase Manhattan Bank, LaSalle National Bank, and even a building whose major tenant was the local sheriff's department!

In this fully revised and updated guide, Loftis helps investors avoid the pitfalls while answering all the key questions and facts they need to consider, including: what the difference is between investing in tax liens and tax deeds; how an investor goes about bidding at tax sales and the applicable process;  the different requirements in each state; the greatest risks in real estate investing; how to use the internet to purchase liens across the country; updated information for tax and other laws affecting the purchasing of tax liens; and helpful forms, contracts, and sample letters.

For investors eager to get started, Loftis's action plan provides details on the next steps to take, while real-life examples in every chapter bring the concepts down to earth.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781427799036
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/10/2009
  • Sold by: Kaplan, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 519,479
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

Over the years, real estate expert and author Larry Loftis has bought and sold millions of dollars worth of real estate investments, including foreclosures, lease options, tax liens and deeds, resort properties, and multi-family housing. A Florida attorney, he has published articles in scholarly legal journals such as the National Law Journal, the Florida Bar Journal, and law reviews of the University of Florida, University of Georgia, and Suffolk University. He has also written for Florida Banking and been quoted in, and published by, The Wall Street Journal. Loftis holds both his B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Florida.

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  • Posted February 26, 2010

    Very Good Research on Tax Liens/Tax Deeds

    Larry Loftis has written a magnificent guide for people wanting to know about investing in Tax Liens. What is more relevant about this book is the simple way he organized it.
    Part One of the book is dedicated only to Tax Liens, in summary it describes in a few pages without getting too technical everything you need to know about tax liens. He covers all the myths and facts about the rewards, risks involved, sale auctions, and procedures.
    Tax Deeds are covered in a similar format in Part Two. In order to have a wide understanding about tax liens, Loftis does a similar research in tax deeds as he does in tax liens. Things are not usually what they seem, and after reading about tax deeds, and comparing both investments vehicles, you are left with a good understanding of both. What's more important you will know the difference between both of them, and whether those are the right investment vehicles you want to pursue.
    The organization of the book could not be better. Part Three of the book is only for informational purposes about whether you live in a lien or deed state. Very easy to comprehend, even for people without a financial background that is only interested in these topics.
    Unfortunately, and due to the fact that every state, and indeed every county in each state has their own rules, Loftis is unable to cover everything that could be useful if you want to invest or inquiry about your own locality.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2004

    Nice overview of subject, but lacking..

    The book gives you a nice overview on the subject matter but tends to lack in the finer practical details needed to truly succeed in this form of investing. It tells you, in a general way, what you need to do, but not how to go about doing it. For instance, The State listings give the general rules for each state but does not tell you which gov't agency to contact within each state (each state/county differs in the governmental departments that handle tax auctions). One annoying aspect about the book is the author's propensity to brag about his own auction prowess and conquests without offering the reader any tactical advice in obtaining auction information from say, unusually secretive, often hostile government employees. Overall, it is a good starter book for understanding what this type of investing is about. That being said, I'd also recommend studying the more practical aspects of the Lillian Villanova series of books to supplement this one.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2007

    A reviewer

    I read this book in a day. It gave such helpful insight and what seemed to be honest and straightforward information. The listing of each state and break down of which is the best and not so great were a huge help. I'll probably reread the book again because not only did I enjoy it but want to absorb as much as I can. I feel confident after reading this that I'll do pretty well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2006

    Outstanding book on tax auctions

    One of the best tax auction books I've read. It offers concise examples and illustrations. I also suggest combining this with another tax auction book, see below.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2005

    Profit by Investing in Real Estate Tax Liens: Earn Safe, Secured, and Fixed Returns Every Time

    Good book with great information. This is great for the novice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2005

    Profit by Investing in Real Estate Tax Liens: Earn Safe, Secured, and Fixed Returns Every Time

    Really enjoyed the book. Gave information I can use to get started.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2005

    Extremely Thorough

    Mr. Loftis has obviously invested hundreds of hours in his research. It was amazing to see the detail in the information. I have personally put the concepts to the test and found them relatively easy to follow and have produced positive results. In this day and age of uncertainty with how investments will perform in the short term Tax Liens can be a great tool to increase returns while reducing risk.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2005

    Excellent book for potential investors

    I don¿t think many people know about this alternative to investing in the volatile stock market. I didn¿t. Mr. Loftis¿ book is written for those of us who need an introduction to this area of investing. However, he doesn¿t stop with the introduction. The book provides a step-by-step guide to investing in real estate tax liens. He gives an ¿insider's¿ view of the investment process, including finding the right property and bidding at the auction. He uses his own experience to show you what you need to do, and what you should avoid. The book also includes numerous real life examples, forms and documents. A great book (and highly recommended) for those interested in discovering a new way to invest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2005

    This is a great book to read to learn about the business.

    The book provides a great hands on approach and minds eye view of the world of tax lien investing. There were several examples that lead me to believe, the neophyte investor, that I could do it too!! To comments on one of the other reviews, maybe the author of this book did not comment on nasty government workers because he did not encounter any. A good read!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2005

    Good stuff

    Helps you learn a lot. Good for beginners, but more advanced leaners probably know all the stuff.

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