Today’s REI Classroom Lesson

In this lesson, Mark Podolsky enlightens us on how critical it is for you to check any potential back taxes owed on a property you’re looking into buying.

REI Classroom Summary

Listen in as Mark Podolsky explains how quickly your return on investments can diminish due to back taxes on a property.

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Real Estate Investing Classroom Show Transcripts:

Mike: Welcome back to the REI classroom, where experts from across the real estate investing industry teach you quick lessons to take your business to the next level. And now, let’s meet today’s expert host.

Mark: Hey, it’s Mark Podolsky, the Land Geek, with I’m pleased to be back on FlipNerd REI Classroom and I want to talk about a fatal land buying mistake that I see happen.

Mike: This REI Classroom real estate lesson is sponsored by

Mark: And it’s such a simple thing, but people overlook it and it can dramatically reduce the return on their investment by not checking the simple, simple piece. And that is before we buy a property not only do we want to check to make sure there’s no liens or encumbrances, we want to make sure that there’s legal access, we want to make sure there’s water on the property, we want to make sure the person actually owns the property.

But do you know what we want to make sure? That taxes are current or, if they’re not current, how much they actually owe on the property. Because I’ve seen situations where new investors come in. They get all excited about a property. An owner accepts their “top dollar offer” 20, 30 cents on the dollar and they can’t wait to buy the property. They’re going to go and they’re going to close and because it’s under $5,000, they’re not going to use a title insurance company. They’re going to save the money. The next thing you know, the entire value of the property is eaten up because of the back taxes.

So you need to contact the county treasurer and if you need the county treasurer’s information, there’s a great website you can go to. It’s You need to get all the treasurer’s information. You can even find it up online usually, but you want to find out how much back taxes are owed if any. And if you avoid that fatal land-buying mistake, you’re going to protect your return on your investment on that piece of property. So if you want to learn more about these issues, just go to and we’ve got tons more information there. Thanks so much.

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