How to purchase Tax Deed Properties in Arkansas
Tax Deed Properties in Arkansas.
How do you purchase Tax Deed Properties in Arkansas?
The 2017 tax delinquent, or tax deed, land auctions will begin April 4, 2017 in Pope County and will continue through September 13, 2017 in Montgomery County, Arkansas. Check Tax Deed Property Auctions – 2017 for more complete and updated scheduling information.
Potential bidders should be aware of the auction process and the details of the property on which they intend to bid. You can begin your research of the available tax deed properties at the Public Auction Catalog.
Bidder registration for each tax deed auction begins thirty minutes before the published time of the sale. As a bidder, you should know that:
- Bids between $1 and $1,000 must be made in increments of $50
- Bids between $1,000 and $10,000 must be made in increments of $100.
- Bids above $10,000 must be made in increments of $500.
How are properties offered at the tax deed auction?
The properties are offered in sale number order. This is the same order as shown in the catalog and on the Commissioner of State Lands (COSL) website. The minimum bid is the amount of taxes, interest, penalty and costs due as of the sale date. Any bids above the minimum will automatically include the amount of taxes due.
How do I pay if I win a tax deed auction?
The first $100 of each tax deed parcel purchased must be paid in cash, cashier’s check, or money order. So, for example, if you wish to purchase three tax deed properties, you may choose to have $300 in cash ($100 for each property). Any remaining balance owed can be paid by cash, personal check, cashier’s check, money order, or by credit card (if there is an internet connection available at the sale site). Also, be aware that credit card transactions are subject to a processing fee.
Each winning bidder must be prepared to pay any balance in full immediately following the tax deed auction. You will NOT have time to travel to your bank and retrieve money. Have your money ready!
Request Petitions and Offers to Purchase Online
Interested buyers may also print their own offer form on a tax deed parcel, or parcels, and mail it with the appropriate payment.
During and After the Sale
The Commissioner of State Lands advises purchasers to seek legal consultation in order to establish stronger title to properties purchased through a tax sale. The Commissioner cannot guarantee title to these properties.
In most cases, buyers of tax delinquent (tax deed) land will be required to obtain a decree of confirmation and quiet title before title insurance can be issued for the property. Buyers of tax deed properties should be prepared to incur additional legal expenses in order to gain clear title to the property.
To Confirm and Quiet Title
Establishing a clear title to properties purchased through tax sales is accomplished by filing a Complaint to Confirm and Quiet Title. This is a complex legal process consisting of an action filed with the County Circuit Court where the property is located. Arkansas state law has very specific requirements for these types of actions. Please consult an Arkansas Real Estate attorney who has experience in this area to assist you with confirming your title.
If you have purchased tax delinquent (tax deed) property in Arkansas and need legal assistance to confirm your title, please contact Deborah at The Hardin Law Firm, PLC.
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Published on: Jul 20, 2015
Last updated: October 24, 2016 at 16:30 pm