Rules of the Auction
This page serves as a list of general rules for all GovEase auctions.
- Bidding will begin on the first Monday in April or the last Monday in August, depending on the county. The auctions will continue from day to day (regular business days) until all parcels are sold. Bidding will begin at 8:30 am CST and end at 4:30 pm CST daily.
- Payment MUST be arranged with each individual county tax office BEFORE the auctions begin. If you do not arrange payment, you will not be approved to bid. To learn how to get registered, please view our getting registered article.
- Bidding on each parcel will begin at the 'taxes owed / face value' and continue in a 'bid up / overbid' manner until the auction reaches an end.
- You are responsible for paying the 'taxes owed / face value' as well as the 'overbid amount' (face value+overbid=total due).
- There are two ways to bid during the live auction:
- Submit Max Overbid - Enter the maximum overbid you would like to place on each parcel.
- Plus $5 - Clicking this button will automatically add the stated bidding increment amount (usually $5) to the current winning overbid.
- You will only enter the overbid (or excess bid) for the parcel on which you are bidding. It is understood that the ‘taxes owed / face value’ will be added to your overbid (or excess bid) as the total amount due to the county, should you win the lien on that parcel.
- To place a bid for the exact taxes owed with no overbid, you will enter “0” (zero) for your bid.
- You may enter a Max Overbid at any time after the parcels have been loaded into the “Preview Auctions” page and prebidding has been enabled. This will register the maximum amount you wish to overbid for the parcel and will automatically bid in $1 increments over the next highest overbid up to your Max Overbid amount.
- The bid clock will reset to 10 seconds each time a bid is placed within the last 10 seconds of that auction. Once bids cease and time has expired, the auction will close.
- Ties are broken by selecting the first person to enter the bid. This includes Max Overbid entries prior to the live auctions beginning.
- All parcels should be fully researched by the bidder prior to the auction beginning. Neither GovEase nor the county tax office can offer investment advice. Should you have specific investment questions, it is recommended that you seek the advice of a competent legal professional.
- All third-party images obtained and provided by GovEase may not be 100% accurate. Any parcel without a valid address will show a default view and will not represent the actual property. It is the bidder’s responsibility to carefully research each parcel on which they intend to bid.
- The tax collector has the right to re-bid or remove a parcel at any time during or after the auction if they so choose. This is at the sole discretion of the tax office.