Tax Lien Foreclosures

The Snohomish County Treasurer conducts ONCE A YEAR Tax Lien Foreclosure Auction, pursuant to RCW CHAPTER 84.64. This annual sale of property includes parcels with at least one year of property taxes that are 3 years old and delinquent (meaning if the full year 2019 or any prior years are unpaid as of June 2022 it makes a property eligible for Tax Sale in December 2022). The 2022 Certificate of Delinquency & Exhibit A, Summons & Notice, Complaint & Servicemembers Notice of Protection were filed in Snohomish County Superior Court on 6/7/2022-case #22-2-03292-31.

 

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 also contact the Washington State Homeownership Resource Center hotline at 877-894-4663 or visit their website https://www.homeownership-wa.org/ 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.

TAXPAYER/OWNER/RECORDED INTEREST LIEN HOLDERS/parties with recorded interest with property IN THE 2022 TAX FORECLOSURE: You have until Monday December 5, 2022 at 4:59pm to submit full payment IN OUR OFFICE (no postmark accepted) and avoid Tax Foreclosure and lose all rights to your property. You will be required to:

  • Pay ALL the property taxes, interest, penalty, applicable assessments and foreclosure costs.
  • 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/mortgage/title-escrow 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. Any party paying on behalf of a taxpayer as their agent will be required to provide notarized documentation of the agency relationship- per RCW 84.64.060.
  • See the “Frequently Asked Questions” page-Homeowners with delinquent taxes for more information.

The 2022 Snohomish County WA Tax Foreclosure Sale is tentatively set for TUESDAY December 6, 2022-and will be held on-line at  https://www.bid4assets.com.  The listing of properties that are still at risk of tax sale-with information about them, minimum bid amounts, and the Terms of the Sale and how to Pre-register and pay your Deposit, is available NOW on the Bid4Assets website. 

2022 NOTICE OF ELECTRONIC SALE (placed HERE after court Final Order of Sale is given)

If property taxes are paid in full by the CURRENT OWNER between the posting of the list and the sale date, they will be noted as “WITHDRAWN” on the Bid4Assets website/Auction folder. The Auction folders are updated every week on Mondays and the morning of the actual sale date. The Excel list on Bid4Assets does NOT get updated. You must look at each parcel under the ‘Auction Folder’ to see if it has been Withdrawn at ANY TIME before the sale.

You MUST PRE-REGISTER & pay a $2,000.00 deposit BY Tuesday Nov 29, 2022 to be eligible to bid at the sale. See Bid4Assets for more information.   

Minimum bid amounts and property information and foreclosure title reports are available on the Bid4Assets web pages, along with links to Snohomish Co. Assessor maps. Title reports are for Foreclosure notice purpose and use, and are NOT to be relied on for personal use or as a basis for determining whether or not to bid on a parcel. THE PARCELS ARE OFFERED ON A ‘WHERE IS’ AND ‘AS IS’ BASIS, AND SNOHOMISH COUNTY MAKES NO REPRESENTATION OF WARRANTY, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, NOR ANY GUARANTEE OF WARRANTY, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, AS TO THE CONDITION OF TITLE TO ANY PROPERTY NOR THE PHYSICAL CONDITION OF ANY PROPERTY OR ITS FITNESS FOR ANY USE OR PURPOSE.  

YOU MUST READ AND AGREE TO the 2022 Snohomish County Terms of Sale on Bid4Assets.

Prospective BUYERS OF TAX PROPERTIES: please see the “Frequently Asked Questions” page-Potential Buyers.

 

Public record requests for ‘Foreclosure Lists’ or ‘Foreclosure Information’-prior or current year-please see the ‘Request for Foreclosure Information’ page. NOTE-there is a 2022 listing of properties on Bid4Assets.com available without a Public Records Request-see above disclaimer!

 

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 doing 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).