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After the counties have stored Tax Lien certificates that have been delinquent for three years, they will hold a sale offering the Tax Deed at auction. The county will publish the list of Tax Deed properties in the local newspaper approximately three weeks prior to the sale. The property owner has until 5:00 pm the day before the auction to pay his or her back taxes, fees, and any penalties. This owed amount is the auction starting bid including any administrative costs. Some counties in Washington do have Tax Deed properties that are available after the tax sale. They are called "tax-title" properties and will be found under the real property division. Most of the tax-title properties are land. Washington does provide some funding in some of the counties.
Washington is an oral bid state that uses the "Premium Bid" method. The Tax Deed will be bid up in price until a high bidder has been established. The starting bid will include all taxes, fees, administrative costs, and any penalties. Each bidder is required to register before the Tax Deed auction begins.
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It is recommended that you further research Tax Deed information for each given state as laws and regulations are constantly changing. We cannot guarantee that the information given here is the most current information.