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Foreclosure & Foreclosed properties

Tax Foreclosure Process – Information

Date of county possession: October 1 

Per North Dakota Century Code 57-28 a tax lien is placed on property for which there is three years of unpaid tax.  The Clerk of Court and County Recorder certify any/all interests in your property and those who have an interest, along with you, are served notices in May of each year.  In July of each year a notice is published in the newspaper and includes the description, any street address, the name of the owner of the parcel and the amount which must be paid to satisfy the tax lien of each parcel of property.

If the third year taxes remain unpaid as of September 30, the County will issue a tax deed to the county and prepare the property for the annual sale. A property owner has until sale date (3rd Tuesday in November) to redeem the property by paying all of the years of taxes, special assessments, penalties, interest and service costs.

Annual Tax Sale: occurs the 3rd Tuesday of November in the county auditor’s office or other designated place. Notices are published in the newspaper and posted at the county auditor’s office.

Each parcel of land is sold to the highest qualified bidder for no less than the minimum sales price (as set by the Board of County Commissioners.) Upon receipt of payment the County Auditor will record the deed conveying the property to the purchaser. Any person is qualified to bid on the property unless they owe delinquent real estate taxes to any county in North Dakota.

Any property not sold at the annual November sale may be sold by the county auditor at private sale throughout the year.

More information is found in the North Dakota Century Code Chapter 57-28.  

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