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What to know about purchasing property at a repository sale

On Behalf of | Jul 7, 2023 | Real Estate Law

When purchasing property, exploring non-traditional sales avenues can provide unique opportunities. One such avenue is participating in a repository sale, which offers a distinct set of advantages for prospective buyers.

Whether you are an experienced investor or a first-time buyer, understanding the nuances of this process can help you navigate the repository sale market successfully.

What is it?

A repository sale, also known as a tax sale or tax auction, occurs when a governmental entity auctions off a property due to unpaid taxes. When property owners fail to pay their taxes, the government places a tax lien on the property, which can eventually lead to a repository sale.

These sales are typically held to recoup the delinquent taxes owed, allowing interested buyers to acquire properties at a potentially lower cost. The variety of properties available caters to different preferences and investment strategies. Repository sales also provide a streamlined purchasing process, helping to ensure a quicker turnaround than traditional real estate transactions.

How do you make a bid?

Before attending the repository sale, establish a budget for your intended purchase. Consider factors such as:

  • The market value
  • Your financial capacity
  • Any potential costs associated with repairs or refurbishments

Ensuring adequate financing before the sale is crucial because repository sales often require immediate payment or a deposit upon winning a bid.

On the day of the repository sale, arrive early to help secure a favorable position and obtain your bidder’s paddle or identification. During the auction, start with conservative bids and gradually increase your offers if necessary. Avoid getting caught up in bidding wars that may lead to overpaying for an asset.

What happens after you bid on the property?

Inspectors must determine if the property should be demolished or rehabilitated if you bid on a real estate property that includes a building. Once you and the inspector agree, the Property Tax Claim Office forwards the bid to the county, municipality and school tax bodies. The taxing bodies have 30 days to approve or deny the bid, after which you will be notified of the final decision.

Purchasing property at a repository sale can be a rewarding endeavor if approached with careful planning and consideration. Understanding the intricacies of repository sales is crucial to help ensure a successful purchase.