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2012 Tax Sale General Questions
1. What are the date, time and location of your tax sales?
DATE: A DATE IN JUNE EACH YEAR SET BY THE CONTROLLER.
TIME: BIDS WILL BE ACCEPTED FROM JUNE 11, 2012 THROUGH THE DATE OF THE TAX SALE, JUNE 15, 2012. BID CLOSE-OUTS WILL OCCUR BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 9 A.M. & 1 P.M, DEPENDING ON THE ASSIGNMENT OF THE PROPERTY TO A SPECIFIC BATCH AND THE NUMBER OF BATCHES OFFERRED.
LOCATION: THE 2012 TAX SALE WILL BE CONDUCTED VIA INTERNET.
2. How often do you hold tax sales?
WE HAVE ONE TAX SALE PER YEAR.
3. Does your county hold a deed sale in addition to a lien sale? If so, when and where does it take place?
4. When and where will the tax sale be advertised?
THE NOTICE OF ADVERTISEMENT WILL BE PUBLISHED ONCE PER WEEK FOR FOUR SUCCESSIVE WEEKS PRIOR TO TAX SALE. THE ADVERTISEMENTS ARE UPDATED WEEKLY. HISTORICALLY, ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY HAS ADVERTISED IN THE FOLLOWING TWO NEWSPAPERS:
THE CAPITAL (TELEPHONE NO. 410-268-4800)
5. How and when do I register for the tax sale?
REGISTRATION CLOSED FOR THE 2012 TAX SALE ON MAY 25, 2012. ALL BIDDERS WHO COMPLETED THE REGISTRATION PROCESS PRIOR TO THE CLOSE OF REGISTRATION AND PAID THE $100 REGISTRATION FEE BY ACH ARE ELIGIBLE TO BID IN THE 2012 TAX SALE UNLESS THEY HAVE NOTIFIED MAUREEN HIGGINS (firstname.lastname@example.org) BY EMAIL PRIOR TO 4:30 P.M. EASTERN TIME ON JUNE 12, 2012 TO OPT OUT OF THIS YEAR’S AUCTION. REGISTERED BIDDERS MUST GO TO www.aacountymdtaxsale.com TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REQUIRED PRIOR TO BIDDING. THIS MUST BE COMPLETED NO LATER THAN 5:00 P.M. EASTERN TIME ON JUNE 14, 2012.
6. As a bidder, do I need to make any payments on the day of sale? If not, when do I make payment, and what form of payment is accepted? Is there a deposit required before the sale? If so, how soon before the sale is the deposit due?
ALL SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS/PURCHASERS WILL BE NOTIFIED BY EMAIL AT THE CLOSING OUT OF EACH BATCH. PURCHASERS MAY ALSO VIEW THEIR “ACCOUNT SNAPSHOT” FOR SUCCESSFUL BIDS. NOTIFICATION WILL INCLUDE THE TAX SALE AMOUNT AND THE AMOUNT DUE FOR THE HIGH BID PREMIUM. ALL BIDDERS/PURCHASERS MUST PAY FOR THEIR PROPERTIES, INCLUDING THE HIGH BID PREMIUM, BY WIRE TRANSFER NOT LATER THAN 3:00 P.M. EASTERN TIME ON JUNE 18, 2012. WIRE INSTRUCTIONS WILL BE PROVIDED TO WINNING BIDDERS.
7. What is the bidding process?
PLEASE REFER TO THE BIDDING FAQS SECTION ON THIS WEBSITE.
8. What is a HIGH BID PREMIUM and how is it calculated
HIGH BID PREMIUMS ARE ADDITIONAL FUNDS COLLECTED FOR A TAX SALE PROPERTY WHEREBY THE HIGHEST BID EXCEEDS FORTY PERCENT (40%) OF THE PROPERTY’S FULL CASH VALUE. THE HIGH-BID PREMIUM IS CALCULATED AS TWENTY PERCENT (20%) OF THE AMOUNT THAT EXCEEDS THE 40% THRESHOLD VALUE (SEE BID PREMIUM EXAMPLE). THE COUNTY SHALL REFUND THE HIGH-BID PREMIUM WITHOUT INTEREST TO:
A) THE HOLDER OF THE TAX SALE CERTIFICATE ON REDEMPTION OF THE PROPERTY FOR WHICH THE HIGH-BID WAS PAID; OR
B) THE PLAINTIFF IN AN ACTION TO FORECLOSE THE RIGHT OF REDEMPTION ON DELIVERY OF A TAX SALE DEED FOR THE PROPERTY FOR WHICH THE HIGH-BID PREMIUM WAS PAID.
AN ITEMIZED CASH RECEIPT SHOWING FOR EACH LIEN PURCHASED: THE SALE AMOUNT, THE TOTAL BID, THE BID PREMIUM AND THE AMOUNT PAID. THE CERTIFICATE OF TAX SALE IS MAILED 6 MONTHS AFTER SALE IF OWNER HAS NOT REDEEMED THEIR PROPERTY
IF THE TAX SALE PURCHASER PROCEEDS WITH FORECLOSURE, THERE WILL BE FORECLOSURE, TRANSFER, RECORDING COSTS, ETC. THESE COSTS ARE SOLELY THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE TAX SALE PURCHASER.
11. What is the foreclosure process, and will the county handle the foreclosure process for a fee? If so what is the fee?
A TAX SALE PURCHASER MAY INSTITUTE A FORECLOSURE PROCEEDING THROUGH ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT. TO INSURE THAT YOU FULLY COMPLY WITH THE LAW AND THE REQUIRED PROCEDURES AS SET FORTH IN THE ANNOTATED CODE OF MARYLAND, TAX PROPERTY ARTICLE § 14-808 TO § 14-854, YOU MAY WISH TO SEEK THE ADVICE OF AN ATTORNEY
12. What happens to the liens that are not sold at the Tax Lien Certificate auction? Can they be purchased over-the-counter directly from the county? Can I get a list of these liens? Can I purchase them now?
THE LIENS CAN BE PURCHASED OVER-THE-COUNTER DIRECTLY FROM THE COUNTY. A LIST WILL BE FURNISHED PER REQUEST AT NO ADDITIONAL COST. THE LIST WILL BE AVAILABLE ONE WEEK AFTER THE TAX SALE.
13. Do you allow investors to invest in Tax Lien Certificates without attending the auction via mail, telephone, or fax? Can I send a representative to the sale to bid for me?
AN INVESTOR OR THEIR REPRESENTATIVE MUST REGISTER AND PARTICIPATE IN THE AUCTION. THOSE TAX LIENS NOT PURCHASED AT THE AUCTION MAY BE PURCHASED BY MAIL.
14. Would you please send a current list of Tax Delinquencies and place me on your mailing list for future mailings. If there is a charge for the list, please notify me and I will be happy to send the proper fee
WE DO NOT MAIL OUT A LIST OF DELINQUENT PROPERTIES PRIOR TO OUR TAX SALE. PLEASE SEE OUR ADVERTISEMENT IN THE NEWSPAPER AND OUR LISTING ON THIS WEB SITE.
15. Will you please forward a copy of the statutes regarding tax sales in your jurisdiction?
WE DO NOT PROVIDE COPIES OF THE STATE TAX SALE STATUTES. THE TAX SALE STATUTES ARE FOUND IN THE MARYLAND TAX-PROPERTY ARTICLE. TO ACCESS THE ANNOTATED CODE OF MARYLAND TAX-PROPERTY ARTICLE YOU MAY TRY THE FOLLOWING WEB SITE:
16. How long is the tax lien valid?
THE TAX LIEN CERTIFICATE IS VALID FOR TWO YEARS FROM THE DATE OF THE CERTIFICATE.
17. What interest rate is paid on the lien upon redemption?
THE CURRENT INTEREST RATE PAID BY ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY ON TAX SALE PROPERTY IS EIGHTEEN PERCENT (18%) ANNUALLY. THE INTEREST AMOUNT WILL BE CALCUALATED AT A MONTHLY RATE FROM THE DATE OF SALE TO THE DATE OF REDEMPTION.
18. What if the owner does not redeem the property?
IF AN OWNER FAILS TO REDEEM HIS PROPERTY FROM TAX SALE, THE BIDDER MAY FILE A CIVIL ACTION CASE IN COURT TO FORECLOSE THE OWNER’S RIGHT OF REDEMPTION. THE ACTION TO FORECLOSE THE OWNER’S RIGHT OF REDEMPTION MUST BE FILED NO LESS THAN SIX MONTHS FROM THE DATE OF SALE AND NO MORE THAN TWO YEARS FROM THE DATE OF THE SALE. IF JUDGMENT IS GRANTED IN FAVOR OF THE BIDDER, THE BIDDER MAY GAIN FULL TITLE TO THE PROPERTY BY PAYING THE BALANCE OF THEIR BID, IF ANY, AND ANY TAXES THAT ACCRUE AFTER THE DATE OF SALE, AFTER WHICH A DEED CAN BE DRAWN.
19. What will happen if a bidder does not file a civil action case within two years?
IF THE OWNER DOES NOT REDEEM AND NO CIVIL CASE IS FILED WITHIN TWO YEARS FROM THE DATE OF THE CERTIFICATE OF SALE, THE CERTIFICATE OF SALE IS VOID AND THE BIDDER LOSES ALL RIGHTS TO THE PROPERTY AND TO ANY MONETARY REIMBURSEMENT.