No Rent For 3 Months

For the first time, I experienced one of the things that most landlords dread.

A tenant did not submit a rent payment!

It’s dreaded because some landlords have a mortgage and may not have enough reserve funds to cover bills like insurance or property taxes without receiving the monthly payment.

Yes, I have a tenant who is using the Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCHV) and I didn’t receive payment for 3 months. Yes, from July through September, I didn’t receive rent money. My first thought was to panic, but I know I have a great property manager and a responsible tenant so the panic didn’t last long.

The tenant did what she was supposed to do in a timely manner.  I called myself and spoke to several employees at the HUD office responsible for the area.  During my calls, I found out they were experiencing a lot of turn over and my tenant’s case worker changed about 3 times before the issue got resolved which is what caused the tenant to be behind in rent.

When it was all said and done, I received back pay and I’m glad I didn’t go through the process to evict the tenant because it wasn’t the tenant’s fault. I’m also glad that I had a reserve fund to cover cost when things like this happen.

Bottom line, just because you have rental properties that are cash flowing doesn’t mean that you won’t experience difficult times and you must prepare for them.

The Neighbor Paid For Damage To My Porch

A couple of months ago, I wrote a blog post about receiving a message from my Property Manager.  The neighbor’s dog had come upon my porch and tore up the carpet. 

That was in August, it’s now October and my Property Manager sent me a text of what the porch looks like now.

It is decorated beautifully for the fall weather. It looks like a porch you would see on HGTV. It has a dark brown carpet now. The tenant decorated a couple of end tables with orange and white pumpkins on them. She also has a scarecrow and fall welcome signs.

It’s all so tasteful and I couldn’t be more pleased to have someone taking care of my property. It has a special place in my heart since it was the first home my mom bought and paid off. As long as I own it, it will always remain part of our family.

If you read the first part of this story, check out the blog post.

Look What The Neighbor’s Dog Did To My #Property

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Ending The 2022 MS Tax Lien Auction On A High Note

For the past 2 years, I had 2 goals when it comes to winning tax lien auction bids.

  • Win at least 3 bids per year
  • Don’t lose money

Starting this year, those goals have changed.

  • I am now 2Xing my winning bids. This means instead of winning 3, I’m winning 6 bids per year.
    • The long term goal is to try to get one tax lien redeemed check in the mail every month.
  • Don’t lose money.
    • By this I mean, I will be sticking with my plan to not bid more than a specific percentage of dollar amount so that I set the company up to make money.

During my research, this year, I put a lot of focus on properties where the owners didn’t live in the county or state.

I WON 6 BIDS THIS YEAR!

The properties include land in an existing developed sub-division and single family homes. I stayed within the range of not bidding more than 15% and I hope it pays off.

Applying Tax Lien Lessons from 2020 towards the Upcoming 2022 MS Tax Lien Auction

August 29th is currently the scheduled date for the MS Tax Lien fall auctions.  I purchased three last year and I have only received funds from one of them so far.  I talk about buying tax liens in my ebook Trials and Tribulations of a Rookie Real Estate Investor.

I’m going to breakdown how much money I actually earned on the one I received recently.

MS Tax Lien Redeemed
  • The delinquent amount on the property was listed at  $319.38.
  • I overbid $25.00 which means I paid $344.38.
  • The owner had accrued $57.49 in interest.
  • I received a check for $376.87 less than a year later.
  • $376.87 –  $344.38 = 32.49. 
  • I made a profit on one tax lien of $32.49. 
  • That is a little over 9% interest I earned.

YOU CANNOT GET A RETURN LIKE THAT WITH A REGULAR SAVINGS ACCOUNT!

This year I have a better strategy.  I wrote a 9 step checklist for myself to follow starting from reviewing my past purchased tax liens to placing pre-bids. It’s a similar checklist I have written about in previous blog posts. The checklist is in a specific order because there are things I have to do before pre-bidding starts.  In 2020, I lost money and I wrote about in Another Tax Lien Redeemed and A Lesson Learned blog post.

In order to avoid this moving forward, I will stick to bidding  15% or less.