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- Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; 2nd Revised, Updated ed. edition (May 1, 2009)
- Publication Date: April 28, 2009
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004I8VGSK
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- Word Wise: Enabled
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I first read about the book from Kiyosaki's Rich Dad, Poor Dad series and thought it was worth a look. I ordered it off Amazon. The book is definitely worth the time, though maybe not the money. It's a very quick read for a very quick idea. Moskowitz gives you the quick and skinny right off the bat, in very simple terms, and with no fluff, that's why the book is so short at roughly 150 pages. He gives you the ideas, with pros and cons, and some examples from his experience.
After I finished the book, I went to my local town hall/court house and asked about tax liens and they pointed me in the right direction. I also noticed, after reading Moskowitz's book, that the free local paper has tons of information about local houses in the county that have tax liens, if you're lucky, the houses will have the address next to their owner's names. If not, it could be a lot number, like how Moskowitz describes in the book.
Overall, a very good book. I highly recommend it :) and good luck!
This book is divided into four sections. In the first section Mr. Moskowitz explains what tax liens are, why they are such a safe investment, and why now, more than ever before you need to include them in your investment plan. At the end of the section he has a chart that shows how tax lien certificates compare to other investments in terms of income and growth potential, risk avoidance, safety, and liquidity.
Section 2 talks about how to buy tax lien certificates; how to choose a state and county to invest in and how to choose the properties to buy tax liens on. It also covers bidding at the auction and buying over-the-counter and assignment liens. There is even a chapter on how to get local officials to help you do your due diligence (This doesn't always work in every county, but it's certainly worth a try).
Section 3 of The 16% Solution talks about how you get paid on a tax lien certificate and how to foreclose on the property. Mr. Moskowitz explains how a tax lien certificate is redeemed, how to foreclose on a tax lien, and what to do with the property once you foreclose on it. Section 4 talks about avoiding and managing risks. Mr. Moskowitz explains just what the risks of tax lien investing are and how to avoid them. That's something that most tax lien investing "gurus" never tell you until you give them thousands of dollars for coaching. I recommend that anyone interested in tax lien investing read this book for this section alone. Buy this book and save your thousands for investing in tax liens!
Also included in the book are a couple of appendixes with helpful information. In Appendix I there is a chart of state laws for all of the tax lien states. Georgia is included even though it's technically a redeemable deed state. This chart is a good tool, but remember, just because a state has laws that allow it to have tax lien sales doesn't mean that they actually have any. There are at least a couple of states on this list that either have only a couple of counties or municipalities that have tax lien sales, or have hardly any properties available in their sales.
Appendix II has some more detailed information for 14 of the tax lien states (these are the states that have an interest rate of 16% or higher). Some of these states are covered more thoroughly than others. My guess is that the states that are covered well are the ones that Mr. Moskowitz personally invests in. The states that are covered thoroughly are: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, and Iowa. Detailed information on the other states is lacking. If you are investing in one of the above-mentioned states or planning to invest in one of these states I recommend that you purchase this book. Also if you are planning to invest in tax liens on commercial or industrial properties there are helpful forms for avoiding environmental problems in Appendix III.
This book is great for beginner investors in tax liens, it does not have information about tax deed investing, but it does have detailed information for 4 of the more popular tax lien states, and one redeemable deed state, plus general information for the other tax lien states. It also discusses investing online and purchasing leftover liens.
Mr. Moskowitz provides state-specific specific information about tax lien auctions in several participating states including Colorado and Arizona. He also has some good advice on how to avoid tax liens that are backed by essentially worthless properties. I will also follow his advice to employ a tax lawyer if I need to foreclose on a property. I would have liked some advice on how to claim the interest income on my 1040 form.
I will participate in my first auction in November, after making a road trip to visit possible tax lien properties in October. I won't comment on whether the "16%" monicker is realistic - I assume that I'm not the first person to hear about the relatively high returns on tax liens, and Mr. Moskowitz himself points out that investors sometimes pool their money to buy tax liens. But with my money market account paying 0.75%, even 8% interest is sounding pretty sweet.