Minimum bid sheets at the Tax Foreclosure Auction are available before the auction. All bidders must be registered. Pre-registration will be held in the Clark County Treasurer's Office, 1300 Franklin Street, 2nd floor. Pre-registration is typically during the week leading up to the sale. In order to bid, you must register prior to the auction. Proper identification is required, such as a driver's license, passport, or other government picture identification. Registration will also take place in the morning prior to the auction. However, bidders are encouraged to pre-register to avoid long lines and the possibility of not being able to bid on a property in time. No changes to the registration can be made after the auction. There is no registration fee. When registering, we provide a copy of the terms of sale. We require you to read and sign this before being issued a bidder number card. You cannot bid without a card.
We accept only cash, cashier's check or money order made payable to "Clark County Treasurer". Those wishing to bid must be present or have a representative present at the auction. The auctioneer announces the minimum bid for each parcel. 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 auction to get funds and return no matter how quickly it can be accomplished.
The excess funds for any winning bid that is less than the amount written on a cashiers' check or money order will be refunded within ten (10) days after the sale. NO REFUNDS will be made the day of the sale. Refund checks will be mailed unless otherwise notified.
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 auction. If full payment is not made as required, the parcel is re-auctioned at the minimum bid.
There is no right of redemption period except if the property were that of a minor or any person adjudicated to be legally incompetent. In this case, the property may be redeemed within three years.
Properties that do not sell at the foreclosure auction revert back to the County and are administered by the Clark County Public Works Department/Real Property Services, (360) 397-6118 x4370.
How long does it take to get a deed?
A deed will be issued within thirty days of the auction. Deeds are forwarded to the Clark County Auditor’s Office for recording and mailed to the address provided in the bidder registration. The type of deed issued varies.
* Tax deeds are issued for properties purchased at tax foreclosure auctions.
* Treasurer’s deeds are issued for properties purchased at tax-title sales.
* County-owned surplus deeds depend on the type of deed the County holds. Quit-claim deeds may be issued on County-owned surplus property. When possible, the Treasurer will issue Warranty Deeds for surplus property sales. This will only occur when the County holds clear title to the parcel.
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.