The so-called "right to own property" is an empty right. The Hollywood scenario wherein we see the family gather at the fireplace to observe the burning of the mortgage papers is only half the story. Every property has real estate taxes levied upon it. If these taxes are not paid annually one's private property is subject to tax sale and ownership is gone. Real estate taxes are never paid off; they are only paid currently. and forever. One's property is owned by the State.