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Tax Delinquent Real Estate Auctions

The "For Sale At Auction" Company is honored to serve as the auction marketing company for over 27 counties, cities, and towns throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia (our list of localities served is continually expanding). Local Treasurers, Attorneys, and Court-Appointed Special Commissioners all choose to utilize our experience and expertise to market local properties that have fallen years behind in the payment of local real estate tax payments. The variety of tax delinquent parcels being offered is wide — Homes, Acreage, Lots, Commercial, and Industrial. Please view our current schedule of tax foreclosure auctions below. Or, download our app and register for email notifications now! Don't Miss a Single Auction!!



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*DISCLAIMER NOTE* At Auction, Inc. (t/a “For Sale At Auction”) is an auction marketing firm, duly licensed and bonded in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We are not a law firm or attorneys, do not represent ourselves as such, and do not supply legal advice. We are providing the below responses to our frequently asked questions solely as a convenience to interested prospective bidders. Any reliance upon the information given is solely at your own risk. Any questions of a legal nature should be directed to your personal attorney.

 

I’ve never been to a real estate auction. What are your auctions like? How do they work?

Real estate auctions can be a lot of fun, but can also be intimidating to inexperienced bidders, such as yourself. We do our best to make sure everyone is comfortable participating in our auctions. Things are a bit different with a live auctioneer vs. an online-only auction, but the concept is the same, and quite simple. If you want to bid on the property being offered, simply raise your bidder card (or click the next bid advance button when bidding in an online auction). When someone outbids you, just keep raising your bidder card, or click the next bid button, and bid up to the maximum you are willing to pay. If you end up being the last person to bid, then you are the successful high bidder on that property.

 

How do I qualify as a bidder at the auction, and what does it cost to register?

To qualify as a bidder for our auctions, you may not owe delinquent taxes to the local taxing jurisdiction where the auction is being held, and you may not be a Defendant in any delinquent tax matter. The other qualification requirements are simple… a state issued driver’s license or I.D., or a Military I.D. with a verifiable home address. If Internet bidding is permitted, there may be other requirements to qualify for bidding online. On rare occasions, for extraordinary &/or very valuable properties, you may be required to present proof of certified funds in order to register for the auction. This would always be stated in the Terms of Sale for that auction. There is NO FEE to register and participate in the auction. All auctions are open to anyone in the general public that meets the stated qualifications for registration.

 

Is there a starting or minimum bid on this property?

In short, there are no “minimum bids” on the greater majority of tax delinquent properties. In a Judicial Sale of Real Estate, all sales are required to be presented to, and confirmed by, the local Circuit Court. The Special Commissioner of sale will report to the Court on the bidding on each property (attendance at the sale, and if spirited, competitive bidding occurred), the appraised &/or assessed values of the property; the outstanding taxes due; and the high bid amount received for the property at the auction. Typically, bids should bear some relation to the value of the property (For example: A property assessed at $25,000.00, that receives a high bid of $2,000.00, is usually not going to be approved by the Court). In the event the bid amount is unreasonable in relation to the approximate value of the property (substantially below the stated value), the Special Commissioner may elect to outright reject the bid, or recommend to the Court that the sale be rejected. Additionally, the Court, on its own, may decide not to approve the sale, and then direct the property to be resold.

 

How does the bidding process work?

Once again, this is dependent upon the type of auction being conducted. In a live auction, the auctioneer will typically start calling for bids around the assessed or appraised value of the property, then will decrease the asking bid until someone raises their hand, or bidder card, to start the bidding. Once the starting bid is “set in”, the bidding will increase from that point until the highest bid is determined and the successful bidder declared. In an online auction, at the discretion of the Special Commissioner, a minimum, or “starting” bid amount may be stated. As soon as someone bids that amount, the bidding increases until the close of the online auction and the high bidder is determined. Please see our “Online Auction FAQ’s” for specific details pertaining to the online auction bidding process.

 

Is online bidding permitted?

Oftentimes, yes! It is dependent upon the local jurisdiction, the request of the Special Commissioner (as to the type of auction they would like to conduct), and the physical location of the auction. Our auctions can take one of several different forms. It can be strictly live (no online bidding - you must attend in-person in order to bid); strictly online (ONLY online bidding will be permitted); or “virtual live/online” (Where the auction is being held “live”, with video and audio so you can hear/see the auctioneer, and all bidders can watch and bid real-time, online). If any interested bidders are unable to participate in an online auction, we will likely be able to accommodate your needs. Just give us a call to discuss your options.

 

Can I still bid if I cannot physically attend a live auction? Is proxy bidding permitted? 

You may be able to submit your bids, even if you are unable to attend the auction in person. Absentee or telephone bids are usually possible for us to accommodate. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs. We want everyone to have the opportunity to participate in our auctions. In such cases, your bid must be accompanied by the appropriate deposit, as set by the terms of the auction, and a copy of your required I.D. You can also have someone (a friend, family member, or business associate) appear at the auction to bid on your behalf, or bid online for you. In a live auction, they will need to register themselves and bid in their own name. If they are the successful bidder they can direct the Special Commissioner that the title to the property will be taken in your name. Allowing someone to bid in an online-only auction, using your sign in credentials, etc., is solely at your own risk. You are responsible for all actions taken online under your username and password.

 

I want to purchase a property before it goes to auction. What do I need to do?

Unfortunately, this isn’t possible, or legal, in the Commonwealth of Virginia. There are states in the country that allow this type of sale (known as a “Tax Lien Sale”), but Tax Lien Sales are not permitted in Virginia. Virginia gives EVERYONE the chance to purchase tax delinquent real estate in a public auction forum (It’s truly the fairest process for the owner of record). If you’d like to sign up for email notifications for our real estate auctions, Please Click HERE. We’ll be sure you never miss an auction!

 

What is the Buyer’s Premium?

The Buyer’s Premium is a percentage of the high bid amount that is charged to the successful bidder to offset the costs of sale. The premium charged is usually 10% of the high bid amount.  For example: If you bid $10,000.00 on a property, the Buyer’s Premium will be $1,000.00, for a total sales price of $11,000.00. Always keep this additional premium in mind as you’re bidding on each property.

 

Are the taxes wiped out when a property is sold, or will I have to pay the back taxes?

Upon the sale of the property, all back taxes, penalties, interest, and fees are wiped clean and taxation of the property starts fresh with the new Purchaser. The start date for taxation of the new owner varies by locality. It can start “as of the date of the auction”, or as of a specified date announced at the auction.

 

If I purchase a property with an existing mortgage, judgement, past due HOA fees, I.R.S. or other liens filed against it; am I then responsible for paying those debts?

No. Through the delinquent tax sale process, all lien holders are notified of the legal process underway to sell the property for delinquent real estate taxes. They are all given the opportunity to protect any interests they may have in the property. Virginia law permits the property to be transferred free and clear of any liens or encumbrances, which includes all liens and delinquent taxes, penalties, interest, and fees upon confirmation of the sale by the Circuit Court.

 

What does it mean when you say “Confirmation of Sale”?

Following every Judicial Sale of Real Estate (generally 3-6 weeks following the auction, but varying by each locality’s court schedule/load), a Confirmation of Sale Hearing is held in the local Circuit Court. Here the results of the auction are presented to the Circuit Court Judge, along with the recommendations of the Court Appointed Special Commissioner. At this hearing, the Judge will approve, or deny, the sale of each property. If you are the high bidder, you may attend the Confirmation of Sale Hearing if you like, but it is not required that you do so. The Special Commissioner will notify you of the results.

 

What happens when a property doesn’t sell at the auction, or the sale isn’t approved by the Court? Can I purchase it outright from the locality at a discount?

It is rare for us to have “No Sale” properties at auction. Over 90% of our sales end up being approved by the Court. However, when it does happen, any property that does not sell at auction the first time will be offered for sale at the next scheduled auction (typically in 6 months to a year).  Properties cannot be offered for sale privately, as the locality is not the owner of the property. Sales must be handled through the Court Appointed Special Commissioner and the auction process.

 

What happens to my deposit if the Court doesn’t approve the sale of a property on which I was the high bidder?

The Special Commissioner will refund 100% of your deposit.

 

How much are the back taxes on this property?

Not to be rude but, we DO NOT KNOW! And, it’s also not pertinent to the auction sale process. The Special Commissioner has all of that information, but the auction company doesn’t need it. We are sometimes selling properties that are 10-20 years behind in taxes (though the typical case is 3-7 years in arrears). They are not only behind in annual taxes, but are also behind in penalties, interest, and collection fees on top of those taxes. It is not unusual for us to have properties further in arrears on taxes and fees than the property is worth. While some localities may consider the amounts owed on a property when it is sold, most are anxious to see the property bring a “fair price” and have it in the hands of a new owner that will pay their taxes. In other words, the amount of back taxes usually has NOTHING to do with what the property has to bring at the auction in order to be sold.

 

I’m interested in a property with a house on it. Can you show me the inside of the house?

Unfortunately, no. Virginia law does not allow the inspection of improved properties being sold for tax delinquency. We cannot, and do not, grant permission to go upon improved properties for the purpose of making an inspection. Basically, when you bid on an improved property, you’re doing so with some level of “blindness” as to the overall condition of the improvements. This is definitely a “Buyer Beware” and “bid accordingly” situation. As an auctioneer that has sold hundreds of such properties, my recommendation is to bid on the property as if you’ll have to renovate all rooms and replace all systems. Then, anything you don’t have to do after you buy it is a “bonus”!

 

What happens when an improved property is occupied? Am I responsible for evicting the occupants?

Yes. It is the responsibility of the new owner (ONCE YOUR DEED HAS BEEN RECORDED - NOT Before) to evict any occupants of the property and remove any remaining personal possessions in/on the property. We recommend consulting with an attorney regarding your rights and responsibilities regarding the eviction process.

 

What if I buy an improved property and the occupants ransack, or severely damage the property before final settlement?

Because each property is sold strictly “As-Is”, and without warranties or guarantees of any kind, this situation would not release you from your obligation to purchase the property. However, as the “contract owner”  with a signed contract (Memorandum of Sale), you likely have an “insurable interest” in the property. We encourage you to contact your insurance agent immediately to insure your interest in any improved property.

 

The property I’m interested in has a mobile home on it. Does that become mine when I buy the property?

No. Mobile homes (house trailers) are NOT improvements to a property UNLESS they are fixed to the property with a permanent foundation (concrete, cinder block, brick, etc.), and are listed as an improvement on the tax records. Mobile homes, travel trailers, and other titled items are “Personal Property” and are taxed as such. They are not part of the sale of the real estate. That said, for personal property that’s “abandoned” by the owner, and remains on your property, there is a legal process for you to gain ownership. Consult your attorney for assistance with abandoned property seizures.

 

Does the property perk or have a current septic permit?

We don’t know. This is a part of you doing your “Due Diligence” researching properties prior to bidding on them. Sometimes, a visit to the locality’s Health Department will uncover a current, or past, septic permit. Oftentimes, nothing is on file, so there are no known prior perk testing or results available. As an interested bidder, you ARE authorized to go upon UNIMPROVED properties for the purpose of making an inspection. This would include perk testing, surveying, etc. The cost of any such testing, surveying, title searches, etc., is solely your responsibility. You will not be reimbursed for these expenses by anyone.

 

Where can I find the physical addresses for properties being sold?

It varies by locality but, more often than not, unimproved properties are not assigned a physical address in the public records. In these cases, most localities have a public, online Geographic Information System (GIS) that allows real estate properties to be looked up online. We (the Auction Firm) typically post a copy of the GIS map on our website along with other pertinent information on each property in the auction. When possible, we make note of the nearest property with a physical address and post that in our property descriptions (for example: “Property is located approximately 500 feet North of 123 Main Street on the opposite side of the road”, etc.).  *NOTE* The GIS is NOT an official survey of the property! The lines depicted are created using satellite images along with the locality’s best efforts to show the location and layout of the parcel. Interested parties/bidders should not rely on this information as an exact representation of the location, size, or shape of the parcel, and are encouraged to do their Due Diligence research prior to bidding.

 

What is the difference between a Special Commissioner’s Sale (Judicial Sale) and a Non-Judicial Sale of Real Estate?

A Special Commissioner’s Sale (Judicial Sale of Real Estate) is handled under the order, direction, and approval of the local Circuit Court. The Court ensures that all parties with an interest in the property are properly notified before the Court authorizes the sale of each property. The Special Commissioner’s Sale will transfer the property free and clear of all liens; including all past due taxes, penalties, fees, & interest. After each auction is completed, a confirmation hearing is scheduled where each sale must be confirmed by the Court before a deed can be issued to the high bidder/purchaser. A Non-Judicial Sale of Real Estate is conducted without court oversight and is limited to certain, usually non-buildable, parcels of real estate. These sales can be approved by the Special Commissioner &/or Treasurer on the day of the auction. The property is conveyed by Special Warranty Deed. The terms and conditions of a Non-Judicial tax sale are slightly different from a Special Commissioner’s (Judicial) Sale, with all funds typically required to be paid, in full, on the day of sale. Please review the Terms of Sale for EVERY auction in which you wish to participate. Terms vary by type of auction, and with different Court-Appointed Special Commissioners. 

 

Is payment in full required on the day of the auction? If not, what is expected to be paid at that time?

For Judicial Sales of Real Estate, payment in full is usually NOT required. A partial down payment is collected. Non-Judicial Sales of Real Estate typically DO require payment in full on the day of the auction. Terms of sale always vary by the type of auction being held (Judicial Sale; Non-Judicial Sale; Live &/or Online Auction), the locality’s requirements, and by Special Commissioner.  Always review the advertised Terms of Sale posted on our website for every auction, as they do change each time. Generally, the Terms of Sale require payment as follows:

  • A 10-25% down payment on the day of the auction with the balance due within 15 days following court confirmation.  Sometimes there is a minimum of $1,000.00 to $2,000.00 (or payment in full if the selling price is < $1,000.00 to $2,000.00). Some Special Commissioners, but not all, limit their deposit to a maximum of $20,000.00 per property. Others have no maximum limit.

  • A buyer’s premium (typically 10% of the high bid amount) is added to the final high bid and becomes a part of the total sales price. Depending upon the Special Commissioner’s requirements, the Buyer’s Premium may be due in full, in addition to the above downpayment percentage, on the day of the auction. Other times, it is considered a part of the total sales price and the downpayment percentage will apply to the total sales price (which includes the Buyer’s Premium).

As of now, all of our Special Commissioners accept personal checks, business checks, and money orders at the auction. So, there’s no need to guess what your final bid price will be in order to have certified funds at the sale. On occasion, certified funds are required for special/extraordinary properties/auctions. The opportunity to use cash down payments at our auctions vary by Special Commissioner. Some will refuse to accept cash for security reasons (yours and theirs!). Others will accept cash. Online auctions have somewhat different requirements for remittance of down payments. Again, please review the Terms of Sale for every different auction to verify acceptable forms of down payment and other specific financial requirements for that particular auction. Feel free to ask one of our staff, or anyone on the Special Commissioner’s staff, if you need clarification or explanation of any Terms of Sale. Also remember, in addition to the publicized and stated Terms of Sale, any announcements made prior to, or during each auction do become an inclusive part of the Terms of Sale for that particular auction. We encourage you to contact us BEFORE the auction begins if you have any questions whatsoever. Once an auction begins (especially if it is an online-only auction) it is difficult, if not impossible, to answer questions at that time.

 

Do you, the Special Commissioner, or the locality, offer any financing programs for these real estate auction sales?

No. The Purchaser must secure their own funding to pay for all purchases. If you are not a cash buyer (meaning you don’t already have cash on hand to complete your purchases), you must arrange for any financing you may need PRIOR TO bidding on and purchasing the property. These sales are not contingent upon your obtaining financing, or any other matters. Make sure you have your funds available before bidding, as deposits are non-refundable (only refundable should the bid be rejected by the Court).

 

Why do most of the acreage descriptions say “_____+/- Acres”? 

This is a common question, and a good one. All properties we sell are sold “by the gross and not by the acre”. In other words, we sell an entire parcel based on it’s description in the public records for that locality. We do not guarantee a specific number of acres in a parcel. Many parcels, especially those that have not changed hands in many years, do not have an official survey recorded with the locality. They only have a deed with metes and bounds descriptions and an approximation for the number of acres, along with a G.I.S. map showing approximate borders. This is another reason to do good Due Diligence prior to bidding on a property. We have had situations where a property’s description was “100+/- Acres” and once it was surveyed by the new purchaser, they had nearly 130 acres. Conversely, we had one parcel described as “68 +/- acres” and, once surveyed, it was actually just under 50 acres. Therefore, “+/- Acres” means exactly that!… There may be more, there may be less. In the greater number of instances, however, acreage is usually very close to the stated figure in the public records.

 

In the auction I am interested in attending, I see a couple of properties that are marked “REMOVED” and “REDEEMED”. What does this mean?

There is a distinct difference between both of these terms. By law, the owner of record can pay all of their past taxes and fees right up until the moment the property is sold at the auction. When this happens, we indicate the property has been “REDEEMED… All taxes are up-to-date and the property will not be sold at the auction. There are a few different situations that will cause a property to be “REMOVED” from an auction. The owner of record may have agreed to a payment plan with the locality, the Special Commissioner may have title defects to cure that will take some time to get done, etc. There are different deciding factors but, in the case of “REMOVED” properties, they may very well be back up for auction in the next scheduled sale (typically within a year). We try to update our website as soon as we are notified of a redeemed or removed parcel. We encourage you to check our website frequently for such updates. Unfortunately, in live auction situations, where a property is redeemed or removed within a couple of hours of the auction start time, we are usually unable to update the website and can only notify bidders at the auction site.

Is For Sale At Auction the “Special Commissioner”? Did the county/city hire For Sale At Auction to sell these tax delinquent properties?

The answer is “NO” to both questions. The localities hire an attorney, or law firm, to handle the collection of back taxes and to petition the court to be appointed to act as the Special Commissioner to sell these tax delinquent properties. The Special Commissioner retains our services as an auction marketing firm to advertise and conduct the auction under their direction. On occasion, our services are engaged directly by the locality, particularly if they utilize in-house county/city attorneys to handle their collections.

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Other Auctions

While "For Sale At Auction" specializes in the marketing and sale of real estate properties, we have over 45 years of experience in Estate, Antiques & Collectibles, Automotive, Equipment, Machinery, & Business Inventory personal property liquidation. All upcoming personal property auctions may be found below...



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Your Tax Delinquent Property Auctioneers

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How to Register for An Auction

General instructions:    

  • Tax delinquent Live, go to designated jurisdiction location, be there at least half hour earlier than start time, bring Drivers License & personal check drawn on VA bank if permissible in auction terms.    
  • Non-Tax Delinquent auctions will be held on site of property being sold.

Timed & Online:.

  • Go to AUCTIONS page
  • Click on registration for that particular auction.

Some of the Advantages of Selling Your Property AT AUCTION

  1. Annoying requests for your property to be shown at all times of the day and evening are virtually eliminated. We schedule set preview dates which allow you to continue living your life while the property is being marketed! There’s no need to worry about those unmade beds, dirty dishes in the sink, scattered toys, or telephone calls at all hours.
  2. Auctions seek the HIGHEST SALES PRICE possible. No “guesstimated value” is pre-determined for your property as in a strictly traditional listing.
  3. The Auction Firm commission is paid through the use of a Buyers Premium. There is NO COMMISSION to the Seller.
  4. The Auction method creates URGENCY…”If you want this property, you’d better bid… NOW!”
  5. You have a distinct, set time-frame on which to plan. An auction can take place in as little as 30 days from the time we meet. Settlement occurs 30-45 days following the auction.
  6. Your property can be sold in As-Is condition, so there are no “hoops” for the Seller to jump through in order to get to settlement. If an inspection uncovers a “flaw”, the property is sold with the flaw. In other words, the Seller is not forced by the Buyer to make repairs, paint, replace carpet, clean the chimney, etc., etc., etc.
  7. All terms of sale are set by the Seller and Auction Firm. This eliminates attempts at pre or post-sale negotiations by the Purchaser.
  8. Your closing costs are greatly reduced and the holding period is much shorter when compared to traditional real estate marketing. These things alone can SAVE A SELLER 10-15% in expenses.
  9. The sale is subject to your approval. If the bid is too low, you simply don’t accept it.
  10. In addition to display advertising, we make your auction offering available to all area Realtors. We happily cooperate with licensed brokers in our effort to successfully market your property!
  11. The increased exposure created through an intensive marketing and advertising campaign, which focuses solely on your auction, generates more interest and qualified purchasers, assuring top results!
  12. You’ll have the benefit of over half a century worth of industry experience at your service!

How to Buy At Auction

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General Real Estate Auctions

Whether a Seller has an estate to settle, an investment or business property to liquidate, a vacation home to sell, or needs a quick sale and close on their home for relocation needs; "For Sale At Auction" has the expertise to get the job done! We've marketed and sold HUNDREDS of real estate parcels of all types and sizes over the years.

Please see our list of General Real Estate Auctions below... 

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Some of the Advantages of Selling Your Property AT AUCTION

  1. Annoying requests for your property to be shown at all times of the day and evening are virtually eliminated. We schedule set preview dates which allow you to continue living your life while the property is being marketed! There’s no need to worry about those unmade beds, dirty dishes in the sink, scattered toys, or telephone calls at all hours.
  2. Auctions seek the HIGHEST SALES PRICE possible. No “guesstimated value” is pre-determined for your property as in a strictly traditional listing.
  3. The Auction Firm commission is paid through the use of a Buyers Premium. There is NO COMMISSION to the Seller.
  4. The Auction method creates URGENCY…”If you want this property, you’d better bid… NOW!”
  5. You have a distinct, set time-frame on which to plan. An auction can take place in as little as 30 days from the time we meet. Settlement occurs 30-45 days following the auction.
  6. Your property can be sold in As-Is condition, so there are no “hoops” for the Seller to jump through in order to get to settlement. If an inspection uncovers a “flaw”, the property is sold with the flaw. In other words, the Seller is not forced by the Buyer to make repairs, paint, replace carpet, clean the chimney, etc., etc., etc.
  7. All terms of sale are set by the Seller and Auction Firm. This eliminates attempts at pre or post-sale negotiations by the Purchaser.
  8. Your closing costs are greatly reduced and the holding period is much shorter when compared to traditional real estate marketing. These things alone can SAVE A SELLER 10-15% in expenses.
  9. The sale is subject to your approval. If the bid is too low, you simply don’t accept it.
  10. In addition to display advertising, we make your auction offering available to all area Realtors. We happily cooperate with licensed brokers in our effort to successfully market your property!
  11. The increased exposure created through an intensive marketing and advertising campaign, which focuses solely on your auction, generates more interest and qualified purchasers, assuring top results!
  12. You’ll have the benefit of over half a century worth of industry experience at your service!

Frequently Asked Questions

Our list of Buyer's FAQ's is separated below between "General Real Estate Auction Questions" (these apply to most types of real estate sales), and "Tax Delinquent Real Estate Auctions."

General Real Estate Auction Questions:

1. Where will the auction be held? (Date, Time, & Place)
The heading for each auction posted on our website indicates the date, time, and place (sale location address). Use this address for GPS guidance.

2.  Who is selling the property, and why are they selling?
There are numerous reasons a property is being sold at auction. It could be an estate executor/administrator liquidating an estate, a homeowner looking to sell easily and quickly, a divorce settlement, business liquidation, an elderly person(s) looking to downsize, or any number of other reasons. Typically, the reason for the auction is stated in the auction description on our website.

3.  Do you have a plat of the property?
Sometimes. If a Seller has a survey/plat available, we will post this information on our website (in the "Documents" section, accessed by clicking on a specific auction). If we do not have one available, a tax map outline can usually be obtained by accessing the county/city online GIS system (which can be accessed through a Google search by county/city).

4.  Where can I find the Zoning regulations on this property?
The current zoning information can be found on most county/city online GIS systems. Whenever possible, for properties zoned anything other can "Residential", we will post a copy of the local zoning code "rights and restrictions" on our website (under the "Documents" section for that auction).

5.  Where and How do I register for the auction?
For "Live/On-site" auctions, you can register in-person at the stated auction location. Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the auction start time to register and obtain your bidder's number. You will need a government issued I.D. (Driver's License or Military I.D.) with your current address. For "online" enabled auctions, you can register by clicking on the auction you are interested in, then clicking on the "Register" button.

6.  What are the auction "Terms of Sale"?
These vary with each individual auction. Specific terms and conditions may be found by clicking on the auction you are interested in. The "Terms of Sale" are prominently displayed.

7.  What type of Deposit/Downpayment do I need?
Downpayments are due IMMEDIATELY following the auction. The acceptable form of deposit varies with each auction. The terms and method of payment requirements can be found under each specific auction on our website under "Terms of Sale."

8.  What is the cost for registration?
There is no cost for registration. Just bring your government issued I.D., and an acceptable form of deposit (in the event you are the successful bidder!).

9. What do you mean by "Good Check"?
Well, most importantly, the check you write must be drawn on an account where you have adequate funds to cover it (Believe me... You don't want to give an attorney a bad check!). For properties in the Commonwealth of Virginia, for us to consider a check "good", the check must be written by a Virginia resident on a Virginia bank account (there must be a branch(es) in the state). We will not accept checks from out-of-state buyer's or banks. Out-of-state buyer's will need cash (when acceptable) or certified funds.

10. What is the Starting Bid or Opening Bid?
IF there is a starting bid, it will be stated in the auction listing and advertisements. Usually, there is no stated opening/starting bid amount. During the live auction, the auctioneer will begin calling at a certain price, then will lower this asking amount until someone raises their bidder card. At that point, the opening bid has been determined and the bid amounts increase from there until the highest bidder has been determined.

11. What is the Seller's Reserve Price?
This amount is never disclosed to interested bidders. This minimum price is held in strict confidence between the Seller and Auction Firm (If you were the Seller, would you want us to tell people the lowest price you'd consider, when you've hired the auction firm to sell it for as MUCH as possible?). As a Buyer, you should understand the auction firm is not interested in marketing properties where the Seller is unreasonable in their expectations (simply put, it's a waste of everyone's time, money, and efforts). We successfully sell over 90% of our auction properties.

12. Will there be an Open House Preview?
For General Real Estate Auctions of improved properties, there is usually 1 or 2 open house preview dates scheduled. They will be stated in each specific auction description on our website and in our media advertisements. Raw land is available for inspection at the interested buyer's convenience. Tax Delinquent improved real estate is NEVER open for inspection.

13. Can I make an offer to buy prior to the auction?
You can!... However, the Seller is usually set on seeing the property taken through the auction process to determine true market value. We are always willing to present pre-auction offers. Ultimately, the decision to sell is up to the owner.

14. Must I attend the auction in-person, or can I bid online?
This will depend on the structure for each individual auction. Some auctions are live, in-person only auctions. Others may be strictly on-line only auctions. Yet, others may be live and on-line simulcast auctions (Where you can bid online, or attend in person... Your choice!). Ultimately, it will depend on the desires of the Seller, the type of property being sold, and the availability of good internet connectivity. The auction listing for each specific auction will let you know if on-line bidding is available for that sale.

15. How do I sign up for Auction Alerts?
Simple!... Just go to our home page and sign up for our email list! We highly encourage you to download our App to your iPhone or Android device! This is the BEST method to keep up with current auctions, on-line bidding, auction news, and more!  *We do NOT share our in-house mailing list with other auction/marketing companies or firms. You will only be hearing from us when we have auctions or good news to share!* 

16. What happens to the mortgage/trust/liens on the property?
While all properties are sold "As-Is", without guarantees or warranties of any kind, the Seller is contractually obligated to provide the Buyer with "Clear, Marketable Title... Free from any Liens or Encumbrances". If there is an existing mortgage/trust on the property, that will be paid off at final closing of the sale (along with any other fees due, or delinquent; like HOA fees, real estate taxes, etc.). 


Tax Delinquent Auction Questions:

1. Why are these properties being sold At Auction?
Every jurisdiction sells properties that are years behind in the payment of County/City/Town real estate taxes. This is how they recover back taxes owed.

2.  What are the appraised or tax assessed values of these properties?
The most recent tax assessments &/or appraisals can be found in the "Documents" section under each specific auction. Additional information may be found on the County/City/Town online GIS system.

3.  Does the property have an easement or right-of-way?
Unless a property has direct road frontage, we don't know. Always do your due diligence when researching the potential purchase of a property. Many people believe a property cannot legally be "land locked". This is false. Any recorded easements, or right-of-ways can usually be found in the local courthouse recordation department. 

4.  Is the acreage or square footage exact?
We don't know. The acreage, or square footage shown is derived from the public record. Properties are not typically surveyed prior to auction (only in very rare circumstances, or for special/exceptional properties). The property sizes are always "+/-" the amount shown.

5.  What is the exact location of the property?
Oftentimes, properties being sold do NOT have a physical address attached to them. In these cases, we provide the physical address of the closest improved property (for reference purposes only - to allow you to locate the property being sold). This information can be found under "Documents" for each specific auction. 

6.  Will the lot perk? Is it buildable??
We don't know. We do NOT conduct perk testing on properties being sold. Interested bidders are permitted to go upon these properties for the purpose of making their own "inspections". If a perk test has been done in the past, you can oftentimes find this information recorded in the county/city Health Department records. All properties sell "As-Is" with no guarantees of any kind.

7. Where and How do I register for the auction?
You can register at the auction location (or on our website, if online bidding is available). We recommend you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the auction start time. You will need a government issued ID for registration purposes. There is no fee to register.

8.  What type of Deposit/Downpayment funds will I need?
This differs depending upon the locality and the requirements of the Special Commissioner appointed by the Court. Typically, personal checks and certified funds are accepted. Cash is accepted by some, and not by others. The acceptable forms of downpayment are listed in each specific auction posting on our website under "Terms of Sale."

9. What is the opening bid amount?
There is no specific opening bid requirement. Most tax-delinquent sales are subject to the approval of the Circuit Court Judge. The opening bid amount is, basically, irrelevant. It's the high/final bid amount that will be presented to the judge for approval. The auctioneer will typically start asking for a certain price and will drop that asking price until someone starts the bidding. The bid amounts will increase from that point until a high bid amount is determined. This is the amount that will be presented to the Court for consideration.

10. What happens if the Court does not approve the sale?
In the event the sale is not confirmed by the Circuit Court Judge, your deposit will be refunded in full, and the property will likely be put back up for auction at the next scheduled tax delinquent auction.

11. What is the amount of the back taxes owed?
We don't know. There's not only back taxes owed, but penalties and interest, fees incurred by the Special Commissioner and auction firm, along with other charges which may have also accrued. From a buyer's perspective, the amount owed is irrelevant. Frequently, properties sell (and are approved by the court) for a price much less than the amount of taxes/fees owed. Other times, the value of the property is exponentially higher than the fees owed. Properties must bring a "reasonable price" in relation to value in order to be approved by the Court.

12. Can I buy the property before the auction for the back taxes amount?
No. It is the fiduciary responsibility of all parties involved to obtain the highest price possible for each property. This is why it is being sold at auction, through the competitive bidding process. You will need to attend the auction, or have someone attend/bid for you at the auction in order to purchase a property.

13. What is the terrain of the property? Does it have water frontage??
We do not survey, or walk each property in its entirety. The online GIS system for each locality is a wealth of information. You can typically get plat overviews, aerial photos, and even property contours. Of course, it's always best to make your own in-person inspection of the property before bidding. Always rely upon your own due diligence!

14. What type of Deed will I be getting if I buy the property?
The successful Purchaser will receive a Special Warranty Deed. The Purchaser will get clean, clear title; free from all judgments, liens, and back taxes. 

15. Are these tax delinquent properties sold "Absolute" or with "Reserve"?
Tax delinquent properties are never sold Absolute (to the highest bidder, regardless of price). All high bid amounts are presented to the Circuit Court for approval.

16. Can the owner of record "Redeem" the property prior to the auction?
Yes. If this occurs, we will update our website to indicate the property has been "Redeemed" or "Removed" from the auction.

17. What if there is a mortgage/trust or other liens on the property?
Local real estate tax liens take precedence over ALL other liens, trusts, and judgments. If a mortgage/trust exists, the lender must attend the auction to protect their interests (as do other lien holders). Again, the Buyer will be getting clear, marketable title by Special Warranty Deed... Free from all liens, encumbrances, and back taxes.

18. Where can I find a list of the properties being sold?
Each individual auction has a listing of all properties being offered. Just click on the auction(s) you're interested in and a list of the properties will be shown. You can find details for each parcel (tax maps, plats, assessments, etc.) by clicking on the "Documents" tab for that auction.

19. Can I go inside a tax delinquent house being put up for auction?
No! The Special Commissioner and county/city jurisdiction does not allow interested bidders to go upon improved real estate. If a property is vacant, you may make an exterior inspection at your own risk. If it is occupied, you are not authorized to go upon the property.


Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

Our list of Buyer's FAQ's is separated below between "General Real Estate Auction Questions" (these apply to most types of real estate sales), and "Tax Delinquent Real Estate Auctions."

General Real Estate Auction Questions:

1. Where will the auction be held? (Date, Time, & Place)
The heading for each auction posted on our website indicates the date, time, and place (sale location address). Use this address for GPS guidance.

2.  Who is selling the property, and why are they selling?
There are numerous reasons a property is being sold at auction. It could be an estate executor/administrator liquidating an estate, a homeowner looking to sell easily and quickly, a divorce settlement, business liquidation, an elderly person(s) looking to downsize, or any number of other reasons. Typically, the reason for the auction is stated in the auction description on our website.

3.  Do you have a plat of the property?
Sometimes. If a Seller has a survey/plat available, we will post this information on our website (in the "Documents" section, accessed by clicking on a specific auction). If we do not have one available, a tax map outline can usually be obtained by accessing the county/city online GIS system (which can be accessed through a Google search by county/city).

4.  Where can I find the Zoning regulations on this property?
The current zoning information can be found on most county/city online GIS systems. Whenever possible, for properties zoned anything other can "Residential", we will post a copy of the local zoning code "rights and restrictions" on our website (under the "Documents" section for that auction).

5.  Where and How do I register for the auction?
For "Live/On-site" auctions, you can register in-person at the stated auction location. Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the auction start time to register and obtain your bidder's number. You will need a government issued I.D. (Driver's License or Military I.D.) with your current address. For "online" enabled auctions, you can register by clicking on the auction you are interested in, then clicking on the "Register" button.

6.  What are the auction "Terms of Sale"?
These vary with each individual auction. Specific terms and conditions may be found by clicking on the auction you are interested in. The "Terms of Sale" are prominently displayed.

7.  What type of Deposit/Downpayment do I need?
Downpayments are due IMMEDIATELY following the auction. The acceptable form of deposit varies with each auction. The terms and method of payment requirements can be found under each specific auction on our website under "Terms of Sale."

8.  What is the cost for registration?
There is no cost for registration. Just bring your government issued I.D., and an acceptable form of deposit (in the event you are the successful bidder!).

9. What do you mean by "Good Check"?
Well, most importantly, the check you write must be drawn on an account where you have adequate funds to cover it (Believe me... You don't want to give an attorney a bad check!). For properties in the Commonwealth of Virginia, for us to consider a check "good", the check must be written by a Virginia resident on a Virginia bank account (there must be a branch(es) in the state). We will not accept checks from out-of-state buyer's or banks. Out-of-state buyer's will need cash (when acceptable) or certified funds.

10. What is the Starting Bid or Opening Bid?
IF there is a starting bid, it will be stated in the auction listing and advertisements. Usually, there is no stated opening/starting bid amount. During the live auction, the auctioneer will begin calling at a certain price, then will lower this asking amount until someone raises their bidder card. At that point, the opening bid has been determined and the bid amounts increase from there until the highest bidder has been determined.

11. What is the Seller's Reserve Price?
This amount is never disclosed to interested bidders. This minimum price is held in strict confidence between the Seller and Auction Firm (If you were the Seller, would you want us to tell people the lowest price you'd consider, when you've hired the auction firm to sell it for as MUCH as possible?). As a Buyer, you should understand the auction firm is not interested in marketing properties where the Seller is unreasonable in their expectations (simply put, it's a waste of everyone's time, money, and efforts). We successfully sell over 90% of our auction properties.

12. Will there be an Open House Preview?
For General Real Estate Auctions of improved properties, there is usually 1 or 2 open house preview dates scheduled. They will be stated in each specific auction description on our website and in our media advertisements. Raw land is available for inspection at the interested buyer's convenience. Tax Delinquent improved real estate is NEVER open for inspection.

13. Can I make an offer to buy prior to the auction?
You can!... However, the Seller is usually set on seeing the property taken through the auction process to determine true market value. We are always willing to present pre-auction offers. Ultimately, the decision to sell is up to the owner.

14. Must I attend the auction in-person, or can I bid online?
This will depend on the structure for each individual auction. Some auctions are live, in-person only auctions. Others may be strictly on-line only auctions. Yet, others may be live and on-line simulcast auctions (Where you can bid online, or attend in person... Your choice!). Ultimately, it will depend on the desires of the Seller, the type of property being sold, and the availability of good internet connectivity. The auction listing for each specific auction will let you know if on-line bidding is available for that sale.

15. How do I sign up for Auction Alerts?
Simple!... Just go to our home page and sign up for our email list! We highly encourage you to download our App to your iPhone or Android device! This is the BEST method to keep up with current auctions, on-line bidding, auction news, and more!  *We do NOT share our in-house mailing list with other auction/marketing companies or firms. You will only be hearing from us when we have auctions or good news to share!* 

16. What happens to the mortgage/trust/liens on the property?
While all properties are sold "As-Is", without guarantees or warranties of any kind, the Seller is contractually obligated to provide the Buyer with "Clear, Marketable Title... Free from any Liens or Encumbrances". If there is an existing mortgage/trust on the property, that will be paid off at final closing of the sale (along with any other fees due, or delinquent; like HOA fees, real estate taxes, etc.). 


Tax Delinquent Auction Questions:

1. Why are these properties being sold At Auction?
Every jurisdiction sells properties that are years behind in the payment of County/City/Town real estate taxes. This is how they recover back taxes owed.

2.  What are the appraised or tax assessed values of these properties?
The most recent tax assessments &/or appraisals can be found in the "Documents" section under each specific auction. Additional information may be found on the County/City/Town online GIS system.

3.  Does the property have an easement or right-of-way?
Unless a property has direct road frontage, we don't know. Always do your due diligence when researching the potential purchase of a property. Many people believe a property cannot legally be "land locked". This is false. Any recorded easements, or right-of-ways can usually be found in the local courthouse recordation department. 

4.  Is the acreage or square footage exact?
We don't know. The acreage, or square footage shown is derived from the public record. Properties are not typically surveyed prior to auction (only in very rare circumstances, or for special/exceptional properties). The property sizes are always "+/-" the amount shown.

5.  What is the exact location of the property?
Oftentimes, properties being sold do NOT have a physical address attached to them. In these cases, we provide the physical address of the closest improved property (for reference purposes only - to allow you to locate the property being sold). This information can be found under "Documents" for each specific auction. 

6.  Will the lot perk? Is it buildable??
We don't know. We do NOT conduct perk testing on properties being sold. Interested bidders are permitted to go upon these properties for the purpose of making their own "inspections". If a perk test has been done in the past, you can oftentimes find this information recorded in the county/city Health Department records. All properties sell "As-Is" with no guarantees of any kind.

7. Where and How do I register for the auction?
You can register at the auction location (or on our website, if online bidding is available). We recommend you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the auction start time. You will need a government issued ID for registration purposes. There is no fee to register.

8.  What type of Deposit/Downpayment funds will I need?
This differs depending upon the locality and the requirements of the Special Commissioner appointed by the Court. Typically, personal checks and certified funds are accepted. Cash is accepted by some, and not by others. The acceptable forms of downpayment are listed in each specific auction posting on our website under "Terms of Sale."

9. What is the opening bid amount?
There is no specific opening bid requirement. Most tax-delinquent sales are subject to the approval of the Circuit Court Judge. The opening bid amount is, basically, irrelevant. It's the high/final bid amount that will be presented to the judge for approval. The auctioneer will typically start asking for a certain price and will drop that asking price until someone starts the bidding. The bid amounts will increase from that point until a high bid amount is determined. This is the amount that will be presented to the Court for consideration.

10. What happens if the Court does not approve the sale?
In the event the sale is not confirmed by the Circuit Court Judge, your deposit will be refunded in full, and the property will likely be put back up for auction at the next scheduled tax delinquent auction.

11. What is the amount of the back taxes owed?
We don't know. There's not only back taxes owed, but penalties and interest, fees incurred by the Special Commissioner and auction firm, along with other charges which may have also accrued. From a buyer's perspective, the amount owed is irrelevant. Frequently, properties sell (and are approved by the court) for a price much less than the amount of taxes/fees owed. Other times, the value of the property is exponentially higher than the fees owed. Properties must bring a "reasonable price" in relation to value in order to be approved by the Court.

12. Can I buy the property before the auction for the back taxes amount?
No. It is the fiduciary responsibility of all parties involved to obtain the highest price possible for each property. This is why it is being sold at auction, through the competitive bidding process. You will need to attend the auction, or have someone attend/bid for you at the auction in order to purchase a property.

13. What is the terrain of the property? Does it have water frontage??
We do not survey, or walk each property in its entirety. The online GIS system for each locality is a wealth of information. You can typically get plat overviews, aerial photos, and even property contours. Of course, it's always best to make your own in-person inspection of the property before bidding. Always rely upon your own due diligence!

14. What type of Deed will I be getting if I buy the property?
The successful Purchaser will receive a Special Warranty Deed. The Purchaser will get clean, clear title; free from all judgments, liens, and back taxes. 

15. Are these tax delinquent properties sold "Absolute" or with "Reserve"?
Tax delinquent properties are never sold Absolute (to the highest bidder, regardless of price). All high bid amounts are presented to the Circuit Court for approval.

16. Can the owner of record "Redeem" the property prior to the auction?
Yes. If this occurs, we will update our website to indicate the property has been "Redeemed" or "Removed" from the auction.

17. What if there is a mortgage/trust or other liens on the property?
Local real estate tax liens take precedence over ALL other liens, trusts, and judgments. If a mortgage/trust exists, the lender must attend the auction to protect their interests (as do other lien holders). Again, the Buyer will be getting clear, marketable title by Special Warranty Deed... Free from all liens, encumbrances, and back taxes.

18. Where can I find a list of the properties being sold?
Each individual auction has a listing of all properties being offered. Just click on the auction(s) you're interested in and a list of the properties will be shown. You can find details for each parcel (tax maps, plats, assessments, etc.) by clicking on the "Documents" tab for that auction.

19. Can I go inside a tax delinquent house being put up for auction?
No! The Special Commissioner and county/city jurisdiction does not allow interested bidders to go upon improved real estate. If a property is vacant, you may make an exterior inspection at your own risk. If it is occupied, you are not authorized to go upon the property.


All Auctions

The "For Sale At Auction" Company has decades of experience in the marketing and sale of ALL classifications of real property — Residential, Commercial, and Industrial. We are the go to company for local jurisdictional tax foreclosure auctions throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. All of our currently scheduled auctions can be seen below. Or, use the menu bars to the right for specific auction categories.



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For Sale At Auction is a national industry leader in the marketing and sale of real property at public auction. Our multi-level auction marketing services include: 

  • Traditional on-site live auctions
  • On-line only auctions
  • A combination live/on-line simulcast auctions with on-line bidding capabilities

In addition to individual, bank, and corporate owners, For Sale At Auction is also chosen by attorneys, Special Commissioners, Trustees, and local governments to conduct court-ordered auctions in legal disputes, as well as tax delinquent real estate in over 27 localities throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.


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For Sale At Auction is a national industry leader in the marketing and sale of real property at public auction. Our multi-level auction marketing services include: 

  1. Traditional on-site live auctions
  2. On-line only auctions
  3. A combination live/on-line simulcast auctions with on-line bidding capabilities

In addition to individual, bank, and corporate owners, For Sale At Auction is also chosen by attorneys, Special Commissioners, Trustees, and local governments to conduct court-ordered auctions in legal disputes, as well as tax delinquent real estate in over 25 localities throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Live Auction Video


Wondering what our auctions looks like? Just click on the above video to see our auction team in action. If you still have questions, contact us and we'd be happy to give you more information.

Online Bidding Options

You can attend the live auction or bid online from anywhere!

Participate in our auctions online on this page!

NEVER MISS AN AUCTION!
Stay up to date on our auction schedule and news, or bid from anywhere on our on-line auctions! Download our app to your smartphone NOW! Contact us with any questions.

  

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