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Tax Foreclosure Properties

McKenzie County Tax Foreclosure Properties

Listings for Current Year takings are available after the first week of October. Tax Sales are conducted in the Board Room of the McKenzie County Courthouse on the Third Tuesday of November at 10:00 AM CT.

The next sale date is November 14, 2023, at 10:00 AM CT in the McKenzie County Courthouse (201 5th St NW, Watford City, ND 58854). Please arrive early to register. 

To be eligible for purchase of property you must:

  1. Sign Delinquent Tax Oath -  certifies bidder has all property taxes in ND paid in full (Form must be notarized and can be done at the Courthouse prior to the sale)
  2. Must be present at time of sale or have representative present at time of sale      
  3. Must pay for property at time of sale (cash or cashier's check)

All Sales are Final    


All properties taken in October can be redeemed until the sale date. The IRS has the right to redeem property from the purchaser up to 120 days after sale. Properties are sold "AS IS" with no warranties expressed or implied. There is NO guarantee of marketability.  It is the perspective purchaser's responsibility to inspect the property. 

There may be additional requirements needed to obtain mortgages or to sell property obtained by county deeds. Please CONTACT YOUR ATTORNEY to know what those requirements may be and what the additional costs may be incurred before you purchase.

Minimum Sale Price (as set by the Board of County Commissioners) is where the bidding for properties will begin.

Additional Terms of Annual Sale

  1. Each parcel of land will be sold at auction to the highest bidder for not less than the posted minimum sale price.  Terms are cash or check to be deposited immediately with the McKenzie County Auditor/Treasurer’s Office.  The county is deeding its interest in the property.  We recommend the successful bidder perfect their title.  The county issues what is known as a “county deed”.  Any questions of a legal nature should be discussed with your attorney.
  2. The descriptions provided are based on the Official Records of the CountyRecorder’s Office and are presumed to be correct.
  3. Prospective purchasers are urged to examine the title, location and desirability of the properties available to their own satisfaction prior to the sale.  The County makes no guarantee, expressed or implied, relative to the title, location or condition of the properties for sale. The County assumes no liability for any other possible liens, encumbrances or easements, recorded or not recorded.
  4. Prospective purchasers are advised that some assessments which are levied by agencies or offices other than the County may still be outstanding after the tax sale; in addition, the I.R.S. has the option of redeeming, up until 120 days after the sale, any property on which there is an I.R.S. lien recorded.
  5. If the successful purchaser desires a survey of the property, it will be at the purchaser’s own initiative and expense. The County makes no warranty, either expressed or implied, relative to the usability, the ground location, or property lines of the properties. The prospective purchaser must determine the exact location, desirability, and usefulness of the properties.
  6. The sale of these properties should not, in any way, be equated to real estate sales by licensed salesmen, brokers and realtors. The County cannot guarantee the condition of the property nor assume any responsibility for conformance to codes, permits or zoning ordinances. You should inspect the property before investing. The burden is on the purchaser to thoroughly research, before the sale, any matters relevant to his or her decision to purchase, rather than on the county, whose sole interest is the recovery of back taxes.
  7. Your bid is an irrevocable offer to purchase the asset.
  8. Successful bidder shall state in writing the name(s) and address(es) in which the County Deed shall be issued.  Note that the property will be deeded in the name of the bidder unless the bidder has written, signed permission from another party to record the deed in their name.
  9. A copy of the deed will be mailed to the purchaser after it is signed by the Chair of the McKenzie County Commission.  The County Recorder will send the original deed to the owner after recording is completed.
  10. The minimum bid price includes all taxes, penalties, interest and annual installments of specials certified to the McKenzie County Auditor/Treasurer through the 2021 tax year.  The bid price also includes the estimated taxes and annual installment of special assessments for the 2022 tax year.
  11.  Upon delivery of the deed, the property becomes taxable to the purchaser for the 2022 tax year.

More information is found in the North Dakota Century Code Chapter 57-28.    https://www.legis.nd.gov/cencode/t57c28.pdf

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