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Online Tax Lien Tax Deed Links and Resources

These are some of the online links and services I use when researching tax liens and tax deeds.  They should be up to date, but I have to admit that I don’t visit them all every single day of the week.  If one should turn out to be a bad link, please email me or let me know.  Also, if you hear of a great tax lien or tax deed resource, don’t hesitate to share.

Online Forums

Bigger Pockets

Active Rain

REI Club

Online Tax Auction Sites

www.auction.com

www.Bid4Assets.com

www.GrantStreet.com

www.RealAuction.com

DC.gov Annual Real Property Tax Sale

100 Best Auction Sites

Practice Tax Sale Auction Sites

Arizona Practice Site

Colorado Practice Tax Sale Site

Florida Practice Site

New Jersey Practice Site

Maps

Google Maps: www.Maps.Google.com

Google Earth: www.Earth.Google.com

Yahoo! Maps: www.Maps.Yahoo.com

Bing Maps: www.Bing.com/maps

US Geocode Information: www.ffiec.gov/Geocode/default.aspx

Foreclosure Properties and Information

Foreclosure Statistics: www.RealtyTrac.com

HUD Homes: www.hud.gov/homes/homesforsale.cfm

Government Homes for Sale: http://homesales.gov/homesales/mainAction.do

Foreclosure Search: www.ForeclosureFreeSearch.com

Foreclosure Listings: www.ForeclosureListings.com

Foreclosures.com: www.Foreclosures.com

Foreclosure Records: http://records.foreclosure.com/

Property Information and Valuation

Zillow

Trulia

Yahoo! Homes

HomeSnap

Propertyshark

Homes.com

I should add that sometimes lenders and banks have pages on their web sites that list REO properties for sale.  It’s worth searching their site.  It’s also worth searching a property on Google.  If it’s ever made the news — drug busts, domestic violence, whatever — it’s worth knowing.

Many a local newspaper has a real estate section, and online at that.  Give it a search.

Realtor-Related

Realtor Sales / RealtorListings: www.Realtor.com

Multiple Listing Service www.MLS.com

MLS – Canada www.MLS.ca

National Association of Realtors® www.Realtor.com

Some people regard realtors as your best source of information on local properties; let’s just say that they are often a very good source of information of local properties.

Professional Associations

Mortgage Bankers Association: www.MBAA.org

Mortgage Brokers Association: www.NAMB.org

National Association of Realtors®:  www.Realtor.com

National REIA (NREIA):  www.NationalREIA.com

Rental Property Managers (NARPM): www.NARPM.org

The Feds

Fannie Mae: www.FannieMae.com

Freddie Mac: www.FreddieMac.com

FHA (HUD): www.HUD.gov

Internal Revenue Service:  www.IRS.gov

US Department of Veteran Affairs www.VA.gov

US Government info site: www.USA.gov

Public Property Records

Public Records: www.OnlineSearches.com

Public Records Search: www.PRSearch.com

Bankruptcy Records: http://pacer.psc.uscourts.gov/

Chapter 13 Records: www.13DataCenter.com

LexisNexis Public Records: www.lexisnexis.com/en-us/products/public-records.page

Tax Records Search: www.Netronline.com/public_records.htm

Search Systems: publicrecords.searchsystems.net/

Yellow/White Pages: www.Switchboard.com

Virtual Gumshoe: www.VirtualGumshoe.com

Most state, county, and city recorder’s offices also maintain records online.

People Searches

Accurint:  www.Accurint.com

Intelius Search: www.Intelius.com

Lycos People Search:  www.WhoWhere.com

People Search:  www.People-Search.com

Skip Ease:  www.SkipEase.com

ZabaSearch:  www.ZabaSearch.com

Zoom:  www.ZoomInfo.com

Most of those involve either a fee, sometimes hefty, or joining on a subscription basis; the best exception is ZabaSearch. 

Credit Reports

Annual Credit Reports: www.AnnualCreditReport.com

Experian: www.experian.com

Equifax: www.equifax.com

Demographic Information

Cost of Living Statistics: www.BestPlaces.net

Census Information: www.Census.gov/

Federal Housing Oversight: www.fhfa.gov/

Federal Statistics: www.fedstats.gov/

Labor Statistics: www.BLS.gov

Crime Information

US Dept of Justice: www.bjs.gov

FBI Crime Reports: www.FBI.gov/ucr/ucr.htm

State Crime Statistics: www.bestplaces.net/crime/

City Crime Statistics: www.Melissadata.com/lookups/crimecity.asp

Spotcrime: www.spotcrime.com

Legal 

Attorney / Legal Resources Lawyer Search: www.FindLaw.com

Legal Questions: www.LawGuru.com

Legal Forms: www.LegalZoom.com

Free Legal Forms and Research: www.LawInfo.com

Attorney Search: www.lawyers.com

Tax Information

Federal Tax Information: www.IRS.gov

Tax Search: www.Netronline.com/public_records.htm

Tax and Assessor Search: www.knowx.com/subreg/pr_assets.jsp

Most all tax searches are done at the local county or city level. Since the number of counties run into the many thousands, I haven’t listed them one by one, but it’s easy enough to just type your city, town or county name into Google along with “tax assessor” or “treasurer’s office” to get connected to their website

Title

First AmericanTitle Insurance Research: www.FirstAm.com

Old Republic Title:  www.OldRepublicTitle.com

Stewart Title: www.Stewart.com

These are some of the major title insurers. Of course each major town and city has its own, and you can often find agents associated with attorney offices.

Appraisal Resources

Appraisers Forum: www.AppraisersForum.com HUD

Appraisal Institute: www.appraisalinstitute.org/

Appraiser Search: www.isa-appraisers.org/ISA_form.html

Eppraisal: Eppraisal.com

Rehab and Repair

Home Depot:  www.homedepot.com

Construction Calculators: www.construction-resource.com/calculators/

Lowe’s Job Estimator: www.lowesforpros.com/BlueprintEstimates

Quote Estimator: www.get-a-quote.net/quickcalc/

RSMeans: www.RSMeans.com

Environmental Resources

Environmental Protection Agency: www.epa.gov/osw

Environmental Sites: www.World.org/weo/pollution

Lead-Based Paint Information: www.epa.gov/lead/

Lead Disclosure Rule: www.hud.gov/offices/lead/enforcement/disclosure.cfm

Pollution Statistics: www.Scorecard.org

Superfund Sites: www.epa.gov/superfund/

Other Resource Sites

Craigslist:  www.craigslist.org

Ebay:  www.ebay.com

Defense Industry Daily: Real Estate

Do Not Call List: www.DoNotCall.gov

FSBO: forsalebyowner.com

Landlording:  Mr. Landlord

Luxury Real Estate: www.jamesedition.com

Paypal:  www.paypal.com

Mortgage Payment Calculator: www.bankrate.com/brm/mortgage-calculator.asp

Rental Price Comparison and Valuation: Rentometer.com

Real Estate Blog Marketing:  realestateblogmarketing.com

Robert Kiyosaki:  www.RichDad.com

Zip Lookup: www.whitepages.com/area_zip_codes

Social Media:

LinkedIn

Facebook

Twitter

Flickr

Pinterest

Youtube

Second Life 

Social media can waste more time than provide results; but don’t underestimate the value of finding — or starting — investment or other financial groups there.

General Financial:

New York Times Real Estate Pages

Wall Street Journal Real Estate Pages

Mentors

Tommy Senatore

John Lane

Joanne Musa

Larry Loftis

Chip Cummings

Sean Higgins and Tony Martinez

Ted Thomas

Note: I do NOT mean to give a blanket endorsement to any of the individuals or courses above, and if you sign up with any of them, you do so at your own risk.  I must honestly say that, personally, I regard Tommy Senatore as the best instructor listed above, that John Lane is a resource every tax lien and deed investor relies on (though I have never taken any of his courses), and that I’ve been very impressed by the plain-speaking affordability of Joanne Musa. But those are just my personal opinions.  I have no business connection with anyone named above. 

Caveats

John T. Reed

Ripoff Report

Ditto.  Reed is worth reading, in no small part because he’s hilarious: he dumps Kiyosaki and Trump at the bottom of the real estate guru category, and puts ‘my mother’ at the top! What could be fairer and more objective?  As for Ripoff Report, they post any complaint from anyone, regardless of whether it’s just, justified, or from a competitor under a fake name. Take any given complaint with a grain of salt, but if you see 1000 complaints, look further and think twice.

Remember:

As of July 29,2014, these links are up to date and good.  But sites go away, and better sites come along.  If any one of these sites turns up blank, let me know, so I can correct it.  

And if you find a really good tax-lien or real-estate-related web site of online resource you think people should know about, please send along the link.  I don’t promise I’ll put it up, but I will definitely take a look at it and give it consideration.

My Personal Top 10

I don’t say these are the ten best sites online; but they are among the sites I visit or use the most.

Bigger Pockets

Craigslist

Eppraisal.com

James Edition

LinkedIn

New York Times Real Estate Pages

Wall Street Journal Real Estate Pages

 

 

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