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Real Property Tax - Tax Sale

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1. What is a County Tax Sale?
2. Why does a county sell tax-defaulted property?
3. Where can I find the date, time and location of tax sales?
4. Do I need to register for the tax sale?
5. How is the upset price determined?
6. What type of payments will be accepted at the tax sale?
7. Is payment in full required on the day of the tax sale?
8. Can I bid on and purchase property on behalf of another party?
9. What type of deed will be issued at the tax sale?
10. Do you allow investors to invest at the tax sale without attending the tax sale (i.e. absentee bidding)?
11. When does the title pass?
12. Will my property be free and clear of all liens?
13. Once a property is acquired through the tax sale is there a redemption period?
14. Can I build or sell during the redemption period?
15. What happens to surplus money (money collected above the upset price)?
16. What happens to any personal property or people living on the property?
17. Does the County warrant the representations made in the field inspection reports?
18. How do I get rid of the liens?
19. What about federal tax liens?
20. Is there a charge for the list of current properties on the tax sale?
21. Should I retain an attorney to assist me in the Tax Sale?

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