Auction FAQs

What is a Tax Title Property?

A Tax Title property is a parcel that was offered at the Treasurer’s Tax Foreclosure Sale and did not receive the minimum bid. Those parcels are then conveyed to Grays Harbor County and are held in ‘tax title’ status. Properties authorized for disposal may be purchased. Click here to see the list of available properties.

How do I purchase a tax title parcel?

Grays Harbor County holds regular tax title auctions. A parcel may be requested to be included in the auction, otherwise, the list is determined by the Department of Forestry/Tax Title Management, in conjunction with the Assessor, Treasurer, and submitted to the Board of County Commissioners for approval.  Some qualifying properties may be purchased through private negotiation.  

The public may submit an Application for Intent to Purchase Tax Title Property with a $500.00 deposit by Cashier's Check or Money Order payable to the Grays Harbor County Treasurer to request a parcel's inclusion on an upcoming auction. Such requests must be made no less than 6 weeks prior to the date of the sale in order to ensure sufficient time for notices.  Once an application is received by the Tax Title Coordinator, the Department of Forestry will review the application and the requested parcel to determine whether it would be suitable to be deemed in excess of the County's need and therefore eligible for sale by public auction.  Should it be determined that the requested parcel is not eligible for sale at auction, the requestor will be notified and their $500.00 deposit shall be refunded.  Any person who requests a parcel for inclusion in an upcoming tax title auction but then fails to show up and place a qualifying bid for said parcel at the auction shall forfeit their $500.00 deposit and be banned from participating in any Grays Harbor County auction for a period of 3 years.

The next Tax Title Auction is scheduled for Friday, September 20th, 2019 @ 9:00 am. Stay tuned for additional details. 

What are some general terms of the sale?

All properties, regardless of purchase through auction or direct negotiation, are sold as is, where is. All sales are final. Buyers are strongly encouraged to do their own research regarding parcels to include zoning, building restrictions, encumbrances, easements, etc. We also encourage potential buyers to conduct site visits and consult a personal real estate attorney for any potential issues uncovered during research. Parcels may be paid for with cash, cashier’s check, or money order. Personal checks will not be accepted. Cashier’s checks and money orders should be written to Grays Harbor County Treasurer.

How do I find upcoming auction information and what parcels will be included?

The county is required to publish any properties offered for public auction in The Vidette for 3 weeks prior to the date of the sale. The list and date of the Tax Title Auction will also be available on the Forestry Department web site at least 3 weeks prior to the sale. You may also contact the Forestry Department and speak with the Tax Title Coordinator for additional information @ 360.249.5071 ext. 1924.