The tax foreclosure
minimum bid list
the tax title minimum
and the surplus minimum bid list for any recent or upcoming Treasurer's auctions are available here, and at
the Treasurer's Office before the auction.
All bidders must be registered.
Pre-registration will usually be available at the Treasurer's Office
a week before the auction. You may also register the morning of
the auction. No changes to the registration can be made after the
sale. There is no registration fee. When registering, we provide
a copy of the tax foreclosure terms
of sale or the surplus terms of sale.
We require that you read and sign this before being issued a
bidder number card. You cannot bid without a card.
We accept only
cash, cashier checks and money orders made payable to the Whatcom County Treasurer. Absolutely no
personal, business or travelers checks will be accepted.
Those wishing to bid must be present or have a representative
present at the auction.
The auctioneer announces the minimum bid for each parcel.
Bids are made in increments of $100 dollars or more.
These are oral auctions. To bid, you must hold up your
issued bidder card and call out the bid amount. Each parcel
is sold to the highest bidder.
Once a parcel is sold, the successful bidder must immediately
step forward and pay in full. No time is allowed for bidders
to leave the sale to get funds and return, no matter how quickly
they might accomplish that.
Along with the bid amount, deed fees, recording fees, and
sometimes advertising fees, must be paid. We will announce
these amounts in the opening statement at the beginning of
the sale. The additional fees are estimated to be $150.
If full payment is not made as required, the parcel is re-auctioned
at the minimum bid. A successful bidder who does not pay
will not be allowed to bid on any other parcel at the auction.
For more information regarding how to research a
tax foreclosure, tax-title, or county surplus parcels, see
Tax Auction Research.
long does it take to get a deed?
A deed will be issued within sixty days of the sale.
Deeds are forwarded to the Whatcom County Auditor's Office
for recording. Then mailed to the address provided in the bidder
registration. The type of deed issued varies.
- A Tax deed will be issued for parcels purchased at tax foreclosure
- A Treasurer's deed will be issued for parcels purchased at
- A Warranty deed will be issued for parcels purchased at surplus property sales
only when the County holds clear title to the parcel being sold. Otherwise, a Quit Claim deed will be issued for purchase of County owned surplus property.
Tax deeds, Treasurer's deeds, and quit claim deeds provide the
purchaser no guarantees. There can be clouded title or other
problems which the County is neither aware of nor responsible
for to the purchaser.