Although some have tried to cast Texas property tax loans in a bad light, they’ve only grown in popularity in the last six years. In 2008, just 8,949 people received this form of assistance to help pay the taxes owed on their property. However, just three years later, 12,686 had benefited from these lien transfers. While there are plenty of ways to help explain these numbers, the impact of regulation, licensing and competition has certainly played a role.
A Brief Introduction to Texas Property Tax Loans
Let’s begin with a quick overview of what these loans entail. To be accurate, they’re not actually loans at all. Instead, they’re lien transfers. When someone finds themselves severely delinquent on their taxes, they don’t face too many options. They can try to raise the money on their own, but the amount is often thousands of dollars. In fact, the average lien transfer in 2013 was for just over $12,000.
Making matters worse is that the property owner is also faced with mounting interest, making each payment they miss all the more difficult to pay off. On top of that, if they don’t get the money they need in enough time, they could lose their property to foreclosure. With a lien transfer, those in trouble can transfer the property tax obligation on their property to a lender as collateral and, in return, the lender will pay off their tax debt. The borrower then has years to pay off the amount, generally in monthly payments.