One of the most frequently asked questions that I get from people that are interested in investing in tax lien certificates is ‘where can I find them?’ Through assignment purchasing, tax lien certificates are literally available 365 days per year if you know where to look for them. In this blog post, I will provide information on where to find tax lien certificates. Lets start with the basics.
Some basic tax lien certificate facts
First you must understand tax lien certificates are not available in all of the states. Of the fifty states, only twenty-three sell tax lien certificates. Two of the twenty-three states, New York and Ohio, only offer tax lien certificates to large institutional investment houses. All of the other tax lien states offer tax lien certificates to the general public. Here is a list of the twenty-one states that offer tax lien certificates for purchase:
- New Jersey
- South Carolina
- Washington DC
- West Virginia
Where to buy tax lien certificates
Now that you have a list of the states that sell tax lien certificates, it is important to understand who sells the tax lien certificates. Tax lien certificates sales are handled on the county level in most states. The exceptions are New Jersey where tax lien certificates are sold at the township level, Maryland where all sales are held at the county level except Baltimore city, and Louisiana where sales are held by the parishes, which are the equivalent to a county in other states.
Tax lien certificates are generally sold through the county treasurer’s office.
The best place to start your search for tax lien certificates on the county level is the county treasurer’s office. Most county treasurers have a webpage that is contained within the counties website. A useful resource for finding the webpage for a county treasurer is a website called “All Things Political”. Here is a link to their website: www.AllThingsPolitical.org/county_treasurers/county_treasurers.htm.
In conclusion, once you narrow your search down to the county treasurer’s office, you will be able to obtain the information you need to acquire tax liens from them. The treasurer’s office will be able to provide you with sales dates, a list of the tax lien certificate properties and the terms of the sale.