Counter Offer on Tax Sale Properties (Alabama & elsewhere)

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One of my coworkers 96 year old grandfather had her go online and apply for a tax delinquent property in his neighborhood (North Birmingham). It has been empty for years. Story is the owners got old moved in with their kids and their kids had their own home and didn't want to be bothered with the house. It's a very large house too. 4 bedroom, 2 bath, den, just a big house.

Taxes on this home have not been paid since 2007.  The quote she received back via email was over $14,000!  She printed out the letter and gave it to her grandfather.  He submitted a hand written counter offer via postal mail.

They (Shelley Tice) emailed my coworker back. 

They accepted his counter offer of.....................$3000!!!! That's less than 22% of the taxes owed!!!!  WE BOTH WERE JUST ABSOLUTELY FLOORED!!!!!  He bought it! Almost 80% off!!!

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Now y'all know with this information I'm about to step my game up!!! I'm gonna play a small hand and see if I can get a counter offer accepted for the 2 empty lots next to my personal home. The taxes on them have not been paid since 2009. As of today the county estimate for the back taxes is $1166.73 for one & $823.54 for the other.  I think $200 & $150 respectively should work.  I just submitted my apps today so I'm going to find out soon enough. 

>>>>>Questions for my seasoned investors................

Have you ever submitted a counter offer on an over-the-counter tax sale property?  

How many years delinquent was it? What was the condition of the property?

Was your offer accepted or rejected?

Did you submit your counter offer via email or postal mail? 

And how did you format your letter!?!?!? I want to be as professional & serious as possible, lol! 

@Denise Evans , is there a formula or some guideline Alabama uses for accepting counter offers?  Does it have to be delinquent several years? Like more than 2?  I just call Shelley Tice and asked if I can submit a counter offer via email and she said yes because if it is not eligible she can just email me right back. I should have asked what makes a property "eligible".  

@Anastasia Jordan , the property must be on the state inventory for at least five years. There is no formula.

@Anastasia Jordan , ADOR does like to hear about it if you are a neighbor or live nearby and plan to rehab the property. It helps you have more credibility than people who might just be tire kickers.

Originally posted by @Denise Evans Evans:

@Anastasia Jordan, the property must be on the state inventory for at least five years. There is no formula.

LOL! Thanks Denise.  Miss Tice just quickly shot me down when I submitted one for a quote I got last week that went into tax sale last year, lol!  

Now that I have this information I can plan out a better hustle.......

Originally posted by @Denise Evans :

@Anastasia Jordan, ADOR does like to hear about it if you are a neighbor or live nearby and plan to rehab the property. It helps you have more credibility than people who might just be tire kickers.

 I just submitted another app for the fire damaged house to my left. It's meets the 5 year criteria. There was a hobo-catlady squatting there but she's gone & the cats are now squatting with me. It is totally disgusting inside. It is over $5k in taxes. To even counter with an offer of $2 is too much for the amount of filth I would need to clean out. I would like to just cut off the fire damaged part and connect the rest to my home.

Offer $500. Take lots of photos and send them with your counter-offer.

So I'm I getting this right property has to be sold to state for more than 5 yrs

I would like to counter a price notice that I just received.  Did you use a certain format or just propose lower price? I went to the property and took pictures.  The quote was $942, I would like to counter with $400.  The State has had possession for 6 years. I am accepting any advice. Thank you.

Also, does the 20 days start over when you submit a counter offer?

@Anastasia Jordan How long would you say that it took the State to reply to your counter offer
Originally posted by @Jay Wilson :
@Anastasia Jordan How long would you say that it took the State to reply to your counter offer

 4 months now. 

Originally posted by @Shatwanna Dean :

@Demetria 

@Demetria Cass did you ever get the format or template for submitting the counter offer?

 No I have not. I just composed a response and sent it. I will let you know if the State accepts it. 

@Denise Evans

Do you know if the 5 years has to be consecutive? If a property was sold at auction 2012, then again in 2016, and the tax cert is still held by the state, would that be eligible for a counter offer?

THIS IS AWESOME INFORMATION! If possible @Anastasia Jordan can I get a copy of one of your letters?

Also since it takes so long for a response (most cases) did you have to resubmit your application?

Y'all they are so behind on processing BPOs because so many applications have flooded the system + you have idiots who put in a BPO and don't even buy them, wasting the tax offices time. Now you may not even get a response till next year.

Good day everyone, would anybody be interested in a tax deed I purchase in Lipscomb.  I bought the deed under the impression the house was included on the parcel but come to find out, the house under another parcel number.  I'll make somebody a good deal on it, so let me know if you interested.

Originally posted by @Lamario Hopson :

Good day everyone, would anybody be interested in a tax deed I purchase in Lipscomb.  I bought the deed under the impression the house was included on the parcel but come to find out, the house under another parcel number.  I'll make somebody a good deal on it, so let me know if you interested.

 Was the house a mobile home? Could you provide the county /  parcel number?

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