HERE IS THE BEST SITE TO BUY TAX LIEN CERTIFICATES:
This site is the most complete I have seen - with lists of currently available certificates, their face values, links to the county to do your research, and then a “Buy Now” button to move forward and purchase the liens you like – ALL ON THE SAME PAGE. When you buy certificates, money is transferred directly from your bank to the county using an ACH (Automatic Clearing House) Debit. No need for money orders, cashier checks or mailing funds back and forth. It doesn’t get any easier than this.
Look at Colorado for current auctions - Grand County includes Steam Boat Springs a Ski Resort City.
Look at Florida for County Held Certificates
HERE IS THE LINK:
Scroll down to Florida. Look for the links that have the words “County Held Opens”. Currently there are 12 Counties with Open lists. This statement will remain on these sites until all the certificates are sold – then it will reflect the words “CLOSED”.
These links take you to their websites where you can “Preview Items for Sale”. After clicking on this Preview link, look for the certificates that are “Active”. Click on the Parcel Number to gain access to research tools. Look for properties that have the most value for the money or find homes that are owner occupied.
The County-held tax certificate sale offers all certificates not sold at auction for public purchase. The unsold certificates carry an 18% interest rate per Florida statute. All certificates are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.
When you find ones you like it is a VERY EASY process to buy. All you have to do is register. You do have to register with each county separately. You can also use the same user name and password on different counties. After logging in, click on “Buy Certificates” on the left side. Choose the Certificate year you want to buy in. Find the one or more you had selected.
Next, look on the left side of your screen, click on the "Provide Bank Information" button to enter the bank information to be used for your purchases.
As soon as you click the “Buy Now” button to select the certificate(s) you wish to purchase, an ACH request will be sent in the amount of the face value of the certificate(s). That certificate(s) will be yours pending the successful transfer of funds and recording of the sale in the County computer system. It is the responsibility of the purchaser to research properties prior to clicking the "Buy Now" button.
Please note: If taxes are paid before your payment is received, that purchase is canceled and you will receive a refund. In most counties, the five-percent minimum mandatory charge does apply when a certificate is purchased from the County. In other words, if the certificate is redeemed within the first 90 days you will receive a mandatory 5% return on your investment. This also why investors are willing to bid down their interest rate to as low as .25% on the 1st run Certificate Auctions in May and June because they know they can earn that minimum 5%.