I’m going to breakdown how much money I actually earned on the one I received recently.
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.
I refer to mailbox money as money that I receive in the mail from my tax lien investments. It’s a nice surprise to receive money after investing especially if I’ve kinda forgotten about it.
However, due to everything going on today, I’m wondering what’s going on. This time last year, I had received checks for two of the three tax liens I had purchased and I haven’t received any from the ones I purchased last year.
As I listen to the news, podcasts and read FB posts from other real estate investors, I’m wondering if it’s gotten so bad that people cannot afford to pay their property taxes. Will that mean, that tax lien investors will get opportunities to obtain properties at an even lower price than buying them from the MLS or by doing seller financing deals???
I honestly don’t know!
I buy tax liens for the returns they provide because 10 % is far better than the .01% that a bank savings account gives you.
Plus, bidding is not hard once you set your criteria and stick to it. It just takes a little due diligence.