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Buying Government Tax Property?

Dave warns John that finding a government tax property that's actually a good deal is like finding a needle in a haystack.

QUESTION: John wants to know about buying government tax property.  Is that something he should look into?

ANSWER: No.  It’s usually pitched by scam artists.

There are a couple of these properties that work out.  For example, Florida pays 18% on them.  But it’s like looking for a needle in a haystack to find a deal that’s actually going to be good for you. 

In the states that do tax lien sales, you buy into a property where the owners did not pay their property tax.  You either end up with the property or with your money and a given interest rate.

Sometimes you can end up in a bad situation where there’s no equity in the property or rights of redemption that can leave you in a bad situation.  I’ve only known one person who has ever made any money on these deals.  Get-rich-quick doesn’t happen.