2017 Tax Foreclosure Sale
Postponed Until Further Notice

Notice is hereby given that the Mason County Treasurer intends to conduct its 2017 Tax Foreclosure Sale as an on-line auction using a third party vendor, Bid4Assets.

This change has become necessary due the result of budget cuts in the Treasurer’s office.  The Treasurer’s office no longer has the staffing resources to hold the sale in person.

The 2017 Tax Foreclosure Sale tentatively scheduled for February 2nd, 2018 is being postponed to a later date in February or early March to accommodate the setup up of the on-line auction process.

The new sale date, on-line bidding process, and “Terms of Sale” will made available as soon as we have it completed.  We expect that this should be available in the next 10 to 15 business days.

Thank you for your patience.

Contact Person: Teri Mills, Foreclosure Deputy 360-427-9670 Ext 484

  1. Tax Foreclosure Sales are generally held in November or December of each year.
  2. Mason County publishes all legal notices in the Shelton-Mason County Journal. When, would be determined by the sale date.
  3. Tax Foreclosure Lists are published on this website. If you wish a hard copy mailed to you when it becomes available, please send a check in the amount of $5.00 made payable to the Mason County Treasurer, PO Box 429, Shelton, WA 98584-0429. Please note that you will need to send this fee and request this list annually as we do not hold over our mailing list from year to year.
  4. Mason County issues a Treasurer's Deed at a Tax Foreclosure Sale within 45 days of the sale date. There are no rights of redemption at a Tax Foreclosure Sale except for a minor, or persons adjudged to be incompetent. Then there is a three year redemption period. Please see statutes for collection on interest. In addition to the bid there is a fee for the deed and recording.
  5. We do not sell "tax certificates or deeds" of any nature. In some states you may purchase a certificate of some kind showing that you paid the delinquent taxes but we don't have any information on this procedure because there is no provision for it in Washington State law.
  6. You do not need to be present to bid at a sale if you wish to send a representative on your behalf. If you choose to send a representative, they must have the authority to sign any documents required at the time of sale. We do not accept sealed bids.
  7. Properties not sold at a Tax Foreclosure Sale are noted as sold to Mason County.
  8. ALL SALES ARE FINAL. PROPERTIES ARE SOLD ON A "WHERE IS" AND "AS IS" BASIS.
    All research must be done by the interested party. Normally this would include checking maps in the Assessor's Office, checking on taxes and liens in the Treasurer's Office, checking with the Mason County Health Department and Mason County Planning Departments for use restrictions and/or ongoing Health, Building or Planning Enforcement cases. An onsite inspection should also be made. Just because a property looks desirable on the map does not mean it is in actuality. The map does not show the topography such as ravines, hill, slopes, etc., nor does the map show what is on the property (dense growth, swamp, boulders, etc.). Some properties may be private roads covered by easements for ingress and egress. Easements are not extinguished by the foreclosure sale but remain with the land. You may not block the easement to try to extort money out of the users.

When you see that a property lies near or under a transmission line easement, there will likely be restrictions against building anything on the land. Transmission line easements do appear on the Assessor's maps but private easements do not. Some properties may be subject to use restrictions and covenants set up in the original plat. Some of these may be labeled Open Space, Open Area, greenbelt or similar. You should also be aware of properties where the legal description contains the term "Drainage Easement" or "Retention Pond" or similar terms.

It is up to you to know exactly what you are bidding on. We can not stress this too strongly. Every year people who have done little or no research or who do not know how to read a legal description buy properties that, to them, are totally useless. Knowledgeable parties who have done the proper research will avoid these properties. We do not overturn a sale and refund the purchase price because a bidder didn't know what they were bidding on, nor because they didn't understand the legal description.

 

THE TAX FORECLOSURE AUCTION PROCESS

2017 Tax Foreclosure Sale
Postponed Until Further Notice

Notice is hereby given that the Mason County Treasurer intends to conduct its 2017 Tax Foreclosure Sale as an on-line auction using a third party vendor, Bid4Assets.

This change has become necessary due the result of budget cuts in the Treasurer’s office.  The Treasurer’s office no longer has the staffing resources to hold the sale in person.

The 2017 Tax Foreclosure Sale tentatively scheduled for February 2nd, 2018 is being postponed to a later date in February or early March to accommodate the setup up of the on-line auction process.

The new sale date, on-line bidding process, and “Terms of Sale” will made available as soon as we have it completed.  We expect that this should be available in the next 10 to 15 business days.

Thank you for your patience.

COUNTY SURPLUS REAL PROPERTY

For information on the availability of Surplus Real Property, please contact the Mason County Property Manager, in the Support Services Department at 360-427-9670 Ext. 419.