How to Avoid Failure When The Going Gets Tough by Saen Higgins

I always think back fondly on the days when Tony and I were just getting started with tax liens. Tax lien and tax deed lists weren’t as readily available then as they are now. We had to call the county directly and have a paper copy shipped to us, or visit the county in person and pick them up ourselves.

More often than not we had to pay for these lists, the counties sure weren’t going to absorb the costs of having to print these lists and/or mail them to us.

As you can imagine, a multi page paper copy of a lien list wasn’t as easy to work with as an excel document. There wasn’t a way to sort by certain criteria, you just had to look through the entire list, line by line. And yet, Tony and I were successful in spite of the extra difficulty to make it happen for us.

So with all that said, I am always astounded when students fret about having difficulty in pulling up liens and encumbrances for a specific tax foreclosed property. If you feel you’ve been in this position, then please take my advice:

If you are struggling to complete your own title search on a property, for whatever reason, then approach a local title agency and purchase a title report.

The reality is you have to spend just a little, to make a lot. Tony and I had to purchase a lot of title reports in addition to the lists themselves when we got started, but it was simply the cost of doing business. Beneficially you can deduct these costs if you’re operating as an LLC.

So, don’t throw up your hands in frustration if the county records aren’t online for your convenience, or their website is down...or you have to pay to view the liens and encumbrances. Tony and I sure didn’t do that, so we expect that you, with your financial goals at the forefront of your mind, not do that as well. There are alternatives, and when a situation arises that prompts you to change course, then do it with purpose.

Remember that you are responsible for everything that happens to you. Take control of your path and your future.

Saen Higgins

Saen Higgins is the Co-Founder of US Tax Lien Association. He is one of the world’s foremost authorities on the subject of investing in Tax Lien Certificates and Tax Foreclosed Properties. He has been training and speaking internationally for over 25 years. Saen is passionate about sharing his philosophies on real estate investment and creating financial freedom. His extensive knowledge in the field of self-directed retirement accounts has changed the quality of life for thousands and the way they invest. Saen’s devotion to helping people creates true financial independence and is only matched by his business partner, Tony Martinez.


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