Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Yes. Please register at Bid4Assets at least two weeks prior to the auction. You must submit a deposit to participate in the bidding.
A check for the difference will be mailed out approximately two weeks after the auction closes.
The auction is open to any member of the public EXCEPT no county officer or employee shall directly or indirectly be a purchaser.
For questions about permitting or development, please contact the jurisdiction in which the property is located. For properties located in unincorporated King County, please contact the King County Department of Local Services. Real Estate Services does not perform any due diligence on the properties. Information provided by the King County Department of Assessments is for tax purposes only and has no bearing on whether the parcel is suitable for your intended use.
Full payment must be received by Bid4Assets no later than the due date. No exceptions will be made. If the payment policy is not adhered to, the winning bidder will forfeit their deposit and may be banned from future sales.
The closing will occur within the time period stated on the Terms of Sale. At the closing, King County will record the executed tax title deed. The Recorder's Office will have an unofficial electronic copy available online immediately, and King County will email an unofficial copy of the tax title deed to the successful bidder.
Properties not sold, or for which payment is not received, will be re-offered at a subsequent auction within the following week.
No. We do not maintain a mailing list. Please refer to our website for notices of upcoming sales.
When real property taxes become a full three years delinquent, the King County Treasury begins foreclosure action and sells them at the Treasury foreclosure auction, held once a year. The properties sold by the Facilities Management Division's Real Estate Services Section are the properties that did not sell at the annual Treasury foreclosure auction.