Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I get approved to bid?

2. How can I see If I am approved?

3. Do you have to re-register each year?

4. Can more than one person be logged into the same account bidding at once?

5. Can I register multiple companies with the same email?

6. When will the auction files be available for viewing?

7. Can I place a bid on all properties prior to the start of the live sale?

8. When can I begin to enter my max overbids? What time will prebidding open?

9. Will I be able to see the max overbids or prebids placed by other bidders?

10. When does the auction start?

11. Can I access the auction from my mobile device?

12. Is the “face value” the amount of taxes owed on the property?

13. Can I increase / decrease my max overbid for a parcel during the live auction?

14. Can I bid less than face value?

15. Does the live bidding screen display the current winning bid?

16. Where is the base tax shown during bidding?

17. Can I see a running total of my wins while the auction is in progress?

18. What is the sequence order for listing?

19. On auction day, is only one parcel offered at a time?

20. How are ties broken?

21. Will I be able to download the post-auction final sale list?

22. Can you upload bids?

23. How do I look up a parcel number or owner for a particular property in a specific county?

24. If I am approved for $20,000 and I prebid for a total of $20,000, can I continue to bid?

25. What type of documents will be available after the auction?

26. When I set a max overbid, and someone else places a bid, will the system then place my max amount as the current winning bid?

27. How do I bid just Face Value / Taxes Owed?

28. What happens when there is no bid placed on a parcel?

29. How can I watch the live online webinar again?

30. How can I add counties after I have registered?

31. How can I delete counties after I have registered?

32. How can I see what counties are participating online with GovEase and when?

33. Do I have to log in during the live auction if I have already set my max overbids during prebidding?

34. If I bid a max overbid and someone outbids me during the live auction, do I still owe the county anything?

35. Are there any fees associated with registering or bidding?

36. If I leave a check at the county courthouse, does that mean they will bid for me online?

37. Will all the counties run their auctions at the same time?

38. Will I be notified when my parcel is coming up for auction?

1. How do I get approved to bid?

You can begin registration starting July 29th, Once you fully register, which includes electronically signing the W-9 for each county that you want to bid in, you should contact each county tax office in which you wish to bid to get approved for that county. You will need to arrange payment with them prior to gaining approval. Please refer to our  County Contact Info page to speak with a county.

2. How can I see If I am approved?

When logging in to your account, you can go to "MY ACCOUNT" and click on "MY REGISTRATIONS". You will see the approval status for each county that you signed up for and the approved dollar amount. 

3. Do you have to re-register each year?

You can still log in with your email and password from last year, your profile information will be the same but you will still need to electronically sign a W-9 for each county you want to bid in. You can do this by going to "MY ACCOUNT" on the left-hand toolbar and selecting "Register/Add Auctions". If you need to make changes to your profile click "MY ACCOUNT" then click "PROFILE" then click save.

4. Can more than one person be logged into the same account bidding at once?

Yes. More than one person can be logged in to the same profile and can bid at the same time.

5. Can I register multiple companies with the same email?

No. You need to register each company with a unique email.

6. When will the auction files be available for viewing?

We will typically load the files Saturday before the auction (at the very latest). Once the files from each county are loaded, we will send an email to all registered bidders. 

7. Can I place a bid on all properties prior to the start of the live sale?

Yes. Once the list is loaded, you can place a max overbid on all properties that you wish to bid on. You can do this by entering individual bids on each parcel or by using the Upload Bids to do mass bidding. The mass upload bidding will not be available during the live auction hours.

8. When can I begin to enter my max overbids? What time will prebidding open?

Prebidding / max overbid entry will not be available until the county sends us their final sale file and it is loaded into our system. An email will be sent when this is available.

9. Will I be able to see the max overbids or prebids placed by other bidders?

No. You will only be able to see your own prebids.

10. When does the auction start?

The auction for each county will begin at 8:30 am CST on the first Monday of April for the Spring auctions and the last Monday of August for the Fall auctions.

11. Can I access the auction from my mobile device?

Yes. You can access the auction website on a mobile device, tablet, or any computer that has access to the internet.

12. Is the “face value” the amount of taxes owed on the property?

Yes. Face value is the actual taxes owed on the parcel.

13. Can I increase / decrease my max overbid for a parcel during the live auction?

Yes. You can increase, decrease or clear your max overbid for a parcel during the live auction. However, if you are the current winning bidder, you are responsible for the total purchase shown until you are outbid.

14. Can I bid less than face value?

No. The minimum bid is the face value (taxes owed) which is a $0 max overbid.   

15. Does the live bidding screen display the current winning bid?

Yes. The live auction screen displays the current winning overbid for the parcel that is being auctioned.

16. Where is the base tax shown during bidding?

It will be listed as the “Face Value”. The Face Value also includes any fees/penalties.

17. Can I see a running total of my wins while the auction is in progress?

Yes. You can run reports anytime via the reports menu.   

18. What is the sequence order for listing?

This will vary from county to county. Please contact GovEase. We will likely send out a list of sequence orders for each county in an email.

19. On auction day, is only one parcel offered at a time?

Yes. One parcel is auctioned off at a time for each county.

20. How are ties broken?

A tie bid will be determined by the first person to place the bid. This includes ties on max overbids entered prior to the beginning of the auction.

21. Will I be able to download the post-auction final sale list?

Yes. You can purchase the final sale results from  www.sellfy.com/govease.

22. Can you upload bids?

Yes. Under "AUCTIONS" you can go to “Upload Bids” and follow the instructions.

23. How do I look up a parcel number or owner for a particular property in a specific county?

Under "AUCTIONS", click on "Preview Auctions" and then use the Search/Filter to search for a particular parcel number, unique # or owner name in a specific county then click "Search Auctions". 

24. If I am approved for $20,000 and I prebid for a total of $20,000, can I continue to bid?

Yes. You can prebid above your approved amount. The approved dollar limit only applies towards won auctions / purchases. After you reach your limit on purchases, your prebids will not be entered during the live auction unless you contact the county to have your limit raised.

25. What type of documents will be available after the auction?

Under "REPORTS", you can see multiple reports that will give you a summary and detail of your purchases. You can also export these files into an Excel spreadsheet or PDF

26. When I set a max overbid, and someone else places a bid, will the system then place my max amount as the current winning bid?

No. The system will only bid $1 over other bids until it reaches your set max overbid amount.

27. How do I bid just Face Value / Taxes Owed?

You can bid on a parcel at face value by entering $0 into the Max Overbid.

28. What happens when there is no bid placed on a parcel?

The parcel will be sold to the State of Mississippi.

29. How can I watch the live online webinar again?

You can register for another webinar by going to  training.govease.com.

30. How can I add counties after I have registered?

Under "MY ACCOUNT", select "REGISTER/ADD AUCTIONS". Click Register for each county you want to bid in and electronically sign the W-9 for that county.

31. How can I delete counties after I have registered?

You would need to email us at support@govease.com or call us on our support line at (769) 208-5050.

32. How can I see what counties are participating online with GovEase and when?

Visit our website and click on the  Auctions tab at the top of page. This page will provide a list of counties and the date they will be participating as of now. This may be updated periodically.

33. Do I have to log in during the live auction if I have already set my max overbids during prebidding?

No. Once you have your max overbids placed, our system will bid for you during the live auction up to the max overbid you set.

34. If I bid a max overbid and someone outbids me during the live auction, do I still owe the county anything?

No. Only the winner of the parcel owes the county the total purchase amount.

35. Are there any fees associated with registering or bidding?

No. There are no fees to register with GovEase. Only the winning bidder will have to pay the county the total purchase amount.

36. If I leave a check at the county courthouse, does that mean they will bid for me online?

No. You are responsible for placing bids on your account. 

37. Will all the counties run their auctions at the same time?

Yes. All counties will run their auctions at the same time. Live auctions will begin either the first Monday in April at 8:30 am CST or the last Monday in August at 8:30 am CST. 

38. Will I be notified when my parcel is coming up for auction

No. But you can view upcoming parcels on the live bidding page. Also, depending on the order of the sale for that particular county, you may be able to follow along by alphabetical order or parcel number order. It will depend on the county for their order of sale.

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