When a property owner fails to pay property taxes, the county in which the property is located creates a lien on it for the amount owed. Tax liens are sold in order to recoup losses from unpaid taxes, and the buyers of those liens get the benefit of investing in a piece of real estate.
What Is a Property Tax Lien?
A property tax lien is a claim on a piece of property for an amount owed in unpaid taxes. It is generated when the owner fails to pay their property taxes, and the lien itself may be sold to the highest bidder to recover that amount.