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There's an incredible opportunity in the tax sale overbids or tax sale overages business. What's more it doesn't require excellent credit, a lot of money or even a great deal of time to be successful.
Below I've provided simple checklist to point people down the right road. Keep in mind that the following steps are not meant to be an all-inclusive comprehensive guide to tax sale overbids and tax sale overages but rather a brief overview outlining some but not all the basic steps needed to follow to get started.
Below I've provided simple checklist to point people down the right road. Keep in mind that the following steps are not meant to be an all-inclusive comprehensive guide to tax sale overbids and tax sale overages but rather a brief overview outlining some but not all the basic steps needed to follow to get started.
1) Choose desired state
The first step is to select a state within the desired timeframe indicated and the searcher will not be subject to limits on "finders fees." 
Always consult an attorney before engaging in any tax sale overbids, unclaimed funds, fund recover, overages to ensure compliance within the framework of the laws for the desired state. Remember laws change from time to time so always check the current laws with a knowledgeable and licensed attorney. Here's a helpful resource http://www.martindale.com/ or http://www.legalmatch.com/ to find an attorney.
Alaska – tax sales that have occurred in the last 6 months.
Alabama – tax sales that have occurred in the last 3 years.
California – tax sales that have occurred in the last year.
Connecticut – tax sales that have occurred in the last 3 years
Delaware – tax sales that has occurred – no time limit.
Florida – tax sales that have occurred in last 1 year and 90 days.
Georgia – tax sales that have occurred 1-5 years ago or until sent to state.
Hawaii– tax sales that have occurred in last 1 year.
Idaho - tax sales that have occurred 60 days ago – 3 years and 60 days ago.
Kansas – tax sales that have occurred in the past 1 year.
Maine – tax sales that have occurred in the past 1 year.
Maryland – tax sales where lien foreclosed and deed issued.
Mississippi – tax sales that have occurred less than 2 years.
Missouri – tax sales that have occurred less than 3 years ago.
New Hampshire – tax sales that have occurred in the last 3 years.
New Mexico – 1 year after the tax sale has occurred.
Ohio – 3 years or less from when the tax sale has occurred.
Oklahoma – 1 year after the tax sale has occurred.
Pennsylvania – 2 years after the tax sale has occurred.
Rhode Island – 5 years from the time of the tax sale has occurred.
South Carolina – 5 years or less from when the tax sale has occurred.
South Dakota – 1 year from time of tax deed sale has occurred.
Tennessee – 1 year after the tax sale has occurred.
Utah – 1 year after the tax sale has occurred.
Virginia – 1 year after the tax sale has occurred.
West Virginia – 2 Years from confirmation of tax sale.
2) Get the tax sale overbids list
The next second step is to get the tax sale overbids list. This can be difficult because the government receives a lot of money each and every year from tax sale overages or tax sale overbids that are abandoned and escheated the county's general fund. Naturally, they can make it difficult to obtain the list.
Its best to begin with the agency responsible for the collection of delinquent real estate property taxes. They will have the pre-tax sale auction list which details all the properties that will be sold at the tax sale auction. Following up with this agency once the sale has already passed to obtain a list of properties that were sold for delinquent property taxes. When looking at each property that was sold it's important to note anything in excess of the amount owed for taxes represents an overage.
3) Find the best opportunities
The third step is to identify the best opportunities. These tax sale overage lists can be large and contain some confusing information so make sure to spend the necessary time to understand what is included in the tax sale overage list and what it means.
4) Locate delinquent owners
The fourth step is to locate the delinquent owners who have legal claim to these funds. This can prove difficult because more often than not they've gone off the grid trying to hide from bill collectors while they wait for the dust to settle. Becoming skilled at the practice of skip-tracing and the various ways of tracking people down is helpful.
Its important to keep in mind that these people do not want to be contacted, they are trying to hide from bill collectors so they can avoid judgements and garnishments until the statute of limitations passes and the debts are expunged from their credit report without having to declare bankruptcy.
Professional grade skip tracing tools and services can be a huge resource:
5) Make Contact with delinquent owners
The fifth step is to make contact with the delinquent owners and establish an agreement to assist them in completing all the required paperwork needed to claim and collect these funds. This can be challenging because its important to keep in mind that private investigators and bill collectors are doing their best to locate them so it's important to figure out how to get these people to communicate.
Also keep in mind that many people may be contacting them about overages, it's important to determine how to establish trust quickly so they will cooperate.
It may be helpful to launch a website that explains the process. Including feedback from others who have benefited from this could be helpful. Remember it requires trust to be successful.
6) Establish an Compensation Agreement
The sixth step is to establish an agreement with the delinquent owners to assist them in completing all the required paperwork needed to claim and collect these funds. 
One of the biggest challenges, next to establishing contact with the claimant, is getting the claimant to cooperate. Delinquent owners are often skeptical and often interpret contact as a debt collector wishing to serve papers so they may file a judgement with the courts to garnish their paychecks or checking accounts.
I have found the teachings of Kurt Mortensen expert of persuasion and influence to be particularly helpful when attempting to build trust with complete strangers so that they will sign the necessary documents to assist with the tax sale overages. 
It is important to keep in mind that the right contracts and agreements are utilized to be certain that all funds are being utilized. Don't pass on finding a knowledgeable attorney that can draw up the right agreements and contracts. 
It is important to note that many states have updated their laws placing restrictions limiting or capping the finder's fees to 10% or less. In cases such as these an alternate strategy may be required to comply with the laws. 
It's important to direct legal questions regarding this matter to an attorney or legal professional. Here's a great resource for legal assistance JustAnswer.com or LegalMatch.com ..... the following link is a sample of a person who had specific questions regarding tax sale overages / overbids for Michigan and was able to get the legal assistance they needed online through an online legal service. Keep in mind these service charge a monthly subscription fee but is often much less than offline attorney fees:
A simple Search on Google will return the necessary legal documents used for directing how the funds will be dispersed:
It is important that you the seek out professional legal assistance from a legal professional to ensure that you are using the correct state specific forms.
7) Obtain a Limited Power of Attorney
The seventh step is to obtain a limited power of attorney with the delinquent owners. With a limited power of attorney provides legal authority for one party to act on behalf of another when collecting, depositing, and distributing the funds. It is important to always have a qualified attorney draft all communication and documents to be used in the recovery process to ensure compliance. Once drafted the forms could be used over and over requiring little changes from year to year as laws and circumstances change.
A simple Search on Google will return several sample LIMITED POWER OF ATTORNEY AGREEMENTS that which can provide an attorney a reference or starting point when drafting new documents:
Keep in mind there will be special cases where a limited power of attorney will not work such as a deceased claimant and in which case a different type of form all together will be required.
I cannot stress this enough, it is important to seek the assistance of a competent legal professional to make sure everything is consistent with the current laws regarding tax sale overages. The Independent Foreclosure Review Settlement is a helpful resource when trying to learn more about recovering excess funds from a tax foreclosure.
It is estimated that all across the country there are billions of dollars sitting in the county coffers waiting to be claimed. What's more most of the time this money is never claimed and is escheated to the county.
A Word of Caution...
In an effort to regulate tax sale overages State legislatures have passed strict laws with respect to tax sale overages and tax sale overbids.
Many states have passed laws that put increasingly strict requirements on the process for requesting the funds while other states have passed laws that place a limit on the amount in finder's fee's agents can receive when assisting in the funds recovery business.
In the state of Washington house and senate legislatures passed House Bill 2428 which prohibits businesses that provide the service of matching unclaimed property (i.e. unclaimed proceeds from property tax foreclosures, assessments, and liens held by counties, cities, and other municipalities) with the owners of the property from charging fees in excess of 5 percent of the value of the property that is returned to the owner.
Under the new legislation contained in HB 2428 the Washington state Attorney General may bring an action to enforce the provisions of the Consumer Protection Act. Furthermore, under the Consumer Protection Act a person may bring civil court action if the person is injured in his or her business or property. The court may, at its discretion, increase the award of damages to an amount not to exceed three times the actual damages sustained.
In conclusion I would like to offer a word of caution. While it is possible to make a lot of money in the tax sale overage or tax sale overbid business it is important to consult with a legal professional to ensure compliance to all laws with respect to tax sale overages.
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