Tax Lien Foreclosures

The Snohomish County Treasurer conducts a ONCE A YEAR Tax Lien Foreclosure Auction, pursuant to RCW CHAPTER 84.64. This annual sale of property includes real property with one full year of taxes that are three years old and delinquent (meaning if the full year 2020 or any prior years are unpaid as of January 2023 it makes a property eligible for Tax Sale In NOVEMBER 2023 

2023 Snohomish County Tax Foreclosure Tax Sale Auction date is tenatively set for TUESDAY NOVEMEBER 28, 2023 and will be held on-line at  Final date for the sale are always determined by the Final Order of Sale filed with the court mid-November 2023. 

The 2023 Certificate of Delinquency and Exhibit A were filed in Superior Court on 6/6/2023-case # 23-2-04148-31, and is available on the ‘Request for Foreclosure Information’ page-see the ‘2023’ Certificate of Delinquency. Prospective BUYERS OF TAX PROPERTIES: please see the ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ page. Note- the Treasurer office does not have any other ‘list’ of properties in our Tax Foreclosure. That is the only ‘list’ available. Any other Public record requests for ‘Foreclosure Lists’ or ‘Foreclosure Information’-prior or current year-please see the ‘Request for Foreclosure Information’ page.

HOMEOWNERS/TAXPAYERS/RECORDED INTEREST LIEN HOLDERS/parties with recorded interest with property IN THE 2023 TAX FORECLOSURE: You have until Monday NOVEMBER 27, 2023 at 4:59pm to submit full payment and avoid Tax Foreclosure. You will be required to:

  • Pay ALL the property taxes, interest, penalty, applicable assessments and foreclosure costs-CALL FOR AMOUNT DUE.
  • Payment must be in certified funds. Acceptable forms of payments are-cashier’s check, money orders, cash by appointment only. Any other forms of payment (personal/business checks, on-line payments, credit/debit card payments WILL BE RETURNED, with no exceptions).
  • Payment must be from the legal owner/taxpayer or a recorded interest party ONLY. Any party paying of behalf of a taxpayer as their agent will be required to provide notarized documentation of the agency relationship- per RCW 84.64.060.

HOMEOWNERS IN FORECLOSURE- your first step is to contact the Revenue Officer-Foreclosure at 425 388-3606. We can advise you of your current situation and offer any taxpayer assistance allowed by law. PLEASE contact us to discuss these options. 

You should contact the Washington State Homeownership Resource Center hotline at 877-894-4663 or visit their website for help with resources to find out all your options with homeownership and foreclosure.  They may be able to connect you to legal advisors and/or rescue loan services.

Note: Property that is foreclosed by banks, mortgage companies and other lenders is often sold at ‘Trustee’s Sale’ or ‘Sheriff Sale’ ON THE SNOHOMISH COUNTY COURTHOUSE STEPS ON FRIDAYS. The Treasurer office does NOT have information on those lending agency foreclosures. You may search the Snohomish County Auditor/Recorded Documents for a “Notice of Trustee Sale” and contact the Trustee (the business processing the Foreclosure sale) for information about their sales. For questions regarding the surplus funds generated by these sales, contact the Clerk of the Snohomish County Superior Court at 425 388-3466 (Trustee Sale) or the Sheriff Civil Unit at 425 388-3522 (Sheriff Levy Sale).