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Hand & Glove: Tax Deeds & Affordable Housing

Posted By National Tax Lien Association (NTLA), Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Hand & Glove: Tax Deeds & Affordable Housing


Today, there is not a single city in the country that has enough affordable housing for the demand! This affordable housing crisis leads to renters paying most of the income to housing and having to scrape by to cover the rest of their family expenses including food and the necessities of life.

The most positive outcome for affordable housing solutions involves the public and private sectors working together. One such example is through tax deed sales. A little-known fact is that 70% of all property tax foreclosures occur on vacant land. When local governments sell land for the taxes owed, it creates an opportunity for affordable housing to be utilized on this vacant land. Viable private sector solutions are popping up all over the country in the form of modular homes, tiny homes, container homes, and multi-family developments.


It is really an exciting time in America ingenuity to rise-up and shine. The influx of private sector solutions and public sector desired outcomes for their communities will result in some amazing outcomes. Case in point:


·         Tiny Homes” in Detroit, MI;

·         The Block Project” in Seattle, WA;

·         Liberty Square” in Miami, FL;

·         Veterans Community Project” in Kansas City, MO; and,

·         Container Homes” in West Palm Beach, FL

The largest segment of new members of the National Tax Lien Association (NTLA) is from the Tax Deed Investor Group. These investors are looking to renovate vacant and abandoned properties and build on vacant land. Tax deed investors are restoring blight in America. Increasing local governments are utilizing tax lien and tax deed sales to recoup lost revenue from the non-payment of property taxes and to restore declining property values through revitalization.  


To access the NLTA press release, Affordable Housing Solutions in America’ Presentation Draws High Praise at the IAAO 2019 Annual Conference, click HERE.

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How to invest in tax liens with limited capital

Posted By Administration, Friday, January 5, 2018

If you have limited capital, where do you begin in tax lien investing?

The beauty of tax lien certificates is that they come in all sorts of different unpaid property tax amounts, which are available to investors. Just as diverse are the underlying property types: commercial buildings, single family homes, industrial warehouses and vacant lots - each tax bill is based on a property assessment of its value. The mistake made by many begining tax lien investors is that they perform all the due diligence on the high dollar tax lien, when they really should be paying close attention to the lower dollar tax certificate. As a case in point, a tax bill of $1 million on an oceanfront condo with an assessed value of $250 million is most likely a much safer investment than a $300 tax bill on a landlocked easement with an assessed value of $0.

At the end of the day, all investors must be able to calculate the Lien-to-Value (LTV%) ratio in order to minimize the exposure to losses.  Bad investments occur when an investor does the following:  1. Fails to understand the asset. 2. Fails to perform correct due diligence. 3. Fails to understand other liens and their priority. 4. Fails to understand the cost to tax foreclose 5. Fails to understand how subsequent taxes work. And last, fails to recognize where to get good education.  

Limited capital does not prohibit an investor from being wise and savvy. The follow-up question you should be asking is: How does an investor with limited capital compete with much larger firms with very deep pockets?

The answer to this question will be addressed at the NTLA Annual Meeting & Conference on February 28th in Ft. Lauderdale.
Register Today: www.ntla.org

The Nation's Largest Tax Lien Conference 

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Be weary of forged documents to claim homes

Posted By National Tax Lien Association, Monday, July 10, 2017
Just when you think you have heard or seen it all, a new scam pops up to further create distrust in private investors, the public, or government.  

The latest scam comes from Oklahoma, where folks were posting payments for delinquent taxes from 2013, claiming ownership, and posting fake eviction notices. Rule # 1 of tax lien investing - "You are not buying real estate nor do you have any rights to access the property!"  

I don't know all the details in this recent Oklahoma case. I generally like to give naive investors the benefit of the doubt that they simply were not educated properly in this investment tool. Hearing these things always drives me to promote NTLA education and our Code of Ethics.   

These folks who posted fake eviction notices, should be prosecuted. They had no business trying to ruin peoples lives under false pretenses. They may have gone to some get-rich-quick seminar and now they face serious criminal judgments with penalties.    

There is no short cut. Learn correct principles as taught by the NTLA. Treat others fairly. Learn and abide by a code of ethics and live by the golden rule to treat others as you wish to be treated. 

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Learn correct tax lien management from the industry’s experts at NTLA University!

Posted By National Tax Lien Association, Monday, July 3, 2017

Registration is open for NTLA University! This two-day course, held once a year and hosted by the National Tax Lien Association, will be at The Roosevelt Hotel in  the heart of New Orleans, LA, October 24-25, and precedes the NTLA’s Fall Symposium.

NTLA University is two full days of intense education, covering every facet of tax lien investing and tax lien servicing, and is instructed by Certified Tax Lien Professionals ®. Registrants of NTLA University will earn 25 points towards their own Certified Tax Lien Professional designation, a program designed to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance, and designate industry professionals who demonstrate the expert knowledge that is essential to the practice of tax lien management.

Areas that will be covered include:

  • What to research before the auction happens.

  • How to process tax lien redemptions.

  • Calculating your return on investment.

  • Detailed tax foreclosure instructions.

  • How to invest safely and wisely!

REGISTER NOW! Class size is  limited, and this event will sell out!

The mission of the National Tax Lien Association is to be the primary organization advancing the legislative, regulatory, business, public relations and educational interests of the tax lien industry in the United States. The association is committed to upholding high standards of ethical conduct and operating in accordance with all applicable federal and state laws and administrative rules.

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NTLA Hosts Nation's Largest Tax Lien Conference

Posted By National Tax Lien Association, Wednesday, January 18, 2017
The NTLA is excited to be hosting the nation’s largest tax lien conference March 1-3, 2017, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. This conference is the premier event for those interested in investing in tax liens, servicing tax liens, tax lien trading, lending for tax lien portfolios, and connecting with the most dynamic and influential community of tax lien-based professionals. The conference will be held at the newly-renovated W Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and will provide many networking opportunities, continuing educational courses, legislative updates, common practices, and insight into current tax lien trading trends.

"For those looking to grow their tax lien portfolio in 2017, this is the premier event which offers the best networking, education and entertainment," said Brad Westover, NTLA Executive Director.  "Learn from Certified Tax Lien Professionals who work exclusively in this field." 

The conference begins Wednesday, March 1, with activities throughout the day. The 20th Anniversary Yacht Party and President's Cocktail Reception will take you on an evening cruise down the intracoastal waterway Friday evening. Thursday, March 2, kicks off a full day of tax lien education sessions and panel discussions. Sessions on Friday will end at 12:00 p.m.

This event is open to members and non-members, although you can save up to $500 per registration by becoming a member. People from various backgrounds attend, from lenders and investors/servicers, to attorneys and government officials, to tax lien consultants and tax collectors. We are also offering a special ticket for this event, an $800 first-time attendee ticket. For those getting started in the industry, this is a great value. Registration prices will increase February 1, so get your tickets now!

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Philadelphia RFP

Posted By National Tax Lien Association, Thursday, April 30, 2015
The City of Philadelphia Issued an RFP today for Tax Lien Auction Vendors to assist the City in conducting an auction on or before June 17, 2015. This is the first tax lien sale in over 20 years. The City feels that including all of the delinquent taxes is a bit like climbing Mt. Everest (way too tough). There are currently two trains of thought circulating: 1) Sell only the tax liens on commercial properties and 2) Sell only the liens owned by out of State Owners. What are your thoughts on what the City should do as a tax lien test market? View RFP here.

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