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California uses a Tax Deed auction method to collect delinquent real property taxes. Tax Deed sales in California are typically held in the early spring months, but this can vary by county. Registration is required to attend auctions, and must be completed prior to participating in the auction. Most counties require registration at least 2 weeks or more prior to the date of the auction - and some counties require a deposit. The minimum bids are subject to a minimum price requirement, which is determined by the county prior to the sales day.
Some of the USA's largest Tax Deed auctions occur in Orange County, San Francisco County, and San Diego County. The Los Angeles County Tax Deed Sale is also one of the most popular auctions in the world.
Because of California code, property owner names are usually not disclosed over the phone or on the internet. This may make research more difficult. Many California title companies are available and able to assist with this type of records and parcel data research.
California uses a Premium Bid method. The starting bid includes all delinquent taxes, penalties, and administrative cost and also may include the minimum selling price set by the county. The auction continues until a high bid has been established. The highest bidder receives the deed to the property. There are two other rarely used methods, the first is the "Sealed Bid" and second the "Agreement Sale".
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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.