El Paso County Texas Tax Sale
Currently Texas law does not permit the sale of tax lien certificates in El Paso County. Texas law authorizes the sale of tax deed properties at the El Paso County tax deed sale auction on the first Tuesday of each month.
El Paso County Texas relies on the revenue generated from real estate property taxes to fund daily services. Unpaid real estate taxes creates a serious cash-flow problem for El Paso County.
The sale of tax deed properties at the El Paso County tax deed sale auction generates the revenue El Paso County needs to continue to fund important government services like police protection, public schooling, and emergency medical services.
When you buy El Paso County tax deed properties you are helping the community. The money you pay to purchase these tax deed properties generates the much needed revenue El Paso County needs to pay for essential public services.
In El Paso County Texas real estate property tax bills are mailed during the months of October and November are due January 31 the following year and are delinquent after February 1st of the year following the year in which the tax was imposed.
Beginning July 1 the El Paso County Tax Office will commence collection on all tax delinquent real estate. The El Paso County tax deed sale is the means by which El Paso County recovers the funds they need to continue to fund local services.
Tax Sale List
Approximately 20 days prior to the date of the El Paso County tax deed sale the El Paso County tax collector will publish a notice of sale in a newspaper of general circulation.
The El Paso County tax collector is instructed by Texas law to post the notice in writing in three public places throughout the county and one of the notices must be posted at the door of the El Paso County courthouse.
The El Paso County tax sale list will include the following:
- a statement of the authority under which the sale is to be made;
- the date, time, and location of the sale;
- Precinct Number
- Cause Number
- District Court
- Account Number
- Judgement Date
- Order Issue Date
- Case Style
- Legal Description
- Physical Address
- Adjudged Value
- Estimated Minimum Bid
- Sale Notes
You can obtain a copy of the El Paso County tax sale list from the El Paso County Tax Assessor-Collector. In addition, a digital copy of the tax sale list may also be available for immediate download on the El Paso County Tax Assessor-Collector's website.
Contact the El Paso County Texas Tax Assessor-Collector for instructions on obtaining the El Paso County Texas tax sale list.
Texas law requires that tax-delinquent properties be advertised three times prior to the auction in a newspaper published in the county where the property is located. In El Paso County, that publication is:
El Paso Times
500 W. Overland Drive, Suite 150
El Paso, Texas 79901
Phone: (915) 546-6100
Tax Sale Registration
Anyone wishing to bid must register preceeding the El Paso County tax deed sale. Contact the El Paso County Tax Assessor-Collector for registration instructions and requirements. Generally, there is no charge for registration.
Important: Bidder's Certificates are required to purchase property at the El Paso County tax deed sale. At least 24 hours prior to the sale, all certificates must be purchased.
To obtain a Bidder's Certificate, you may come in person or mail a $10.00 check/money order to the El Paso County Tax Office:
El Paso County Tax Office
Att: Special Inventory Department
500 E. Overland Ave. Suite 101
El Paso, Texas 79901
Phone: (915) 546-2140
Make checks payable to: El Paso County Tax Assessor Collector. Please include your name, phone number, and address.
Important: In counties with a population of 250,000 or more and in less populated counties that have adopted the provisions of Chapter 34 Section 34.015
In such counties, purchasers at tax sales must present to the sheriff or constable conducting the sale a written statement issued to the purchaser by the county tax assessor-collector stating that the purchaser owes no delinquent property taxes to the county and that there are no known or reported delinquent taxes owed by the purchaser to any school district or city with territory in the county. State law further prohibits the sheriff or constable in such counties from delivering a tax deed to any purchaser who fails to present to the officer the required written statement issued by the county tax assessor-collector.
Contact the El Paso County Tax Assessor-Collector's Office to obtain a printable request form that you must complete, have notarized, and present to the El Paso County Tax Assessor-Collector, along with a payment of the statutory fee of $10.00.
Contact the El Paso County Tax Assessor-Collector's Office for instructions on obtaining a permanent bidder's registration card with bidder number prior to the El Paso County tax deed sale. You can also obtain temporary bidder cards valid only for the day of El Paso County tax deed sale auction the morning of the tax deed sale.
Upon successfully meeting the registration requirements the El Paso County Texas Tax Assessor-Collector's Office will assign a bidders number to identify each bidder when purchasing tax deed properties from El Paso County.
Tax Sale Time and Location
The El Paso County Texas tax sale is held the first Tuesday of each month at:
El Paso County Courthouse
500 E. San Antonio St.
El Passo, TX 79901
Phone: (915) 546-2000
Registration of bidders begins at 8:30 a.m. Sales must be held from 10AM to 4PM. Each of the Constables conducts sales of properties in their precinct and the sales are most often held simultaneously.
Tax Sale Bidding Process
Generally, the minimum bid amount for tax delinquent properties offered for sale at the regular El Paso County tax deed sale include delinquent property taxes, penalties, interest, costs, and other claims for which the foreclosure warrant was issued.
Tax delinquent properties may not be sold for an amount that is less than the lesser of the market value of the property as specified in the warrant or the total amount of taxes, penalties, interest, costs, and other claims for which the warrant was issued.
Currently, the El Paso County Tax Assessor-Collector utilizes a Premium Bid Method to auction tax delinquent properties.
Premium Bid Method: In a public oral bid tax sale where El Paso County Texas is utilizing the Premium Bid Method the winning bidder at the El Paso County Texas tax sale is the bidder who pays the largest amount in excess of the total amount of taxes, penalties, interest, costs, and other claims for which the foreclosure warrant was issued. The excess amount shall be credited to the county general fund.
If a bid sufficient to pay the total amount of taxes, penalties, interest, costs, and other claims for which the warrant was issued is not received, the El Paso County Tax Assessor-Collector making the sale may offer the property to a person for less than the minimum bid amount. If the property is offered to a person then the El Paso County Tax Assessor-Collector making the sale shall reopen the bidding at the amount of that person's bid and bid off the property to the highest bidder.
If the minimum bid is not met then the El Paso County Tax Assessor-Collector shall bid off the property to El Paso County Texas.
Tax Sale Payment
In El Paso County, payment is due on or before the close of the El Paso County tax sale auction. Payment must be by cash or cashier's check. Failure on the part of the successful bidder to consummate the sale on or before the close of the tax sale auction shall result in the forfeiture of the deposit and all rights he or she may have with respect to that property.
In 1993 the Texas Constitution was amended to create a 'split' redemption period for certain types of properties. As a result, Texas has a redemption policy that creates a 2-year redemption period for properties used as the residence homestead of the owner or that was land designated for agricultural use when the suit or the application for the warrant was filed. Properties that do not have a homestead or agricultural use exemption that existed at the time the tax suit was filed have a redemption period which lasts 6 months.
For tax-delinquent properties classified as nonhomestead or nonagricultural use when the suit or the application for the warrant was filed there is a penalty of 25% if redeemed anytime before the expiration of the 6 months from the date on which the purchaser's deed is filed for record.
For tax-delinquent properties classified as homestead or agricultural use when the suit or the application for the warrant was filed there is a penalty of 25% if redeemed on or before the first anniversary of the date on which the purchaser's deed is filed for record or 50 percent of the aggregate total if the property is redeemed during the second year of the redemption period.
Texas law instructs the El Paso County Tax Assessor-Collector to prepare a tax deed to the purchaser at the tax deed sale auction, to any other person whom the purchaser may specify, or to El Paso County if the property was "struck-off." Once the tax deed has been issued, the El Paso County Tax Assessor-Collector will file the deed for recording with the El Paso County Clerk. Finally, as soon as practicable the El Paso County Clerk must file, record and return the deed to the purchaser.
According to Texas the deed vests good and perfect title in the purchaser or the purchaser's assigns to the interest owned by the defendant in the property subject to the foreclosure, including the defendant's right to the use and possession of the property, subject only to the defendant's right of redemption.
Unsold Tax Sale Properties
Tax delinquent property that was offered for sale at the El Paso County tax sale auction but was not sold is either withdrawn from the sale or "struck off" to El Paso County. Which means that El Paso County has taken possession and is the legal owner of the property. El Paso County may later offer for resale "struck-off" property at any time by public or private sale.
The sale of "struck-off" or tax resale properties may be handled one of the following ways:
Public Resales: are public tax sales where the El Paso County Tax Assessor-Collector auctions "struck-off" tax sale resale properties to the highest bidder.
Private Resales: are private sales where they consider written offers to purchase "struck-off" tax sale resale properties on a case by case basis as those offers are received.
Contact either the El Paso County Tax Assessor-Collector's Office or the law firm charged with representing El Paso County for instructions on obtaining a copy of the list of "struck-off" or tax resale properties.
Tax Sale Warnings and Pitfalls
While it is possible to obtain an attractive profit rate of 25% to 50% or real estate for a fraction of its market value with El Paso County tax sale properties it is important to keep in mind it is also possible to incur a substantial loss. Buyer beware, El Paso County auctions all types of properties at the El Paso County tax sale auction including residential, retail, agricultural, condemned, waste, vacant, industrial and the like.
As with all investments, there is always an element of risk. Even though the tax sale process is written into Texas law, and is regulated by Texas law, there is a chance of losing part or all of your investment. You must always try to get the best education and practice safe investing, no matter which investment vehicle you choose.
The City Planning and Zoning Department (for properties within a city boundary) where the property is located and the El Paso County Department of Planning and Community Development (for properties not within a city boundary) can help you determine what use you can make of a tax sale property before you purchase it.
Examine the El Paso County Recorder's records for any recorded easements on a property. The El Paso County Recorder can help you determine what liens (if any) may be associated with the property.
You can determine the general geographic location of tax sale properties by using the El Paso County Assessor plat maps which are available from the El Paso County Assessor's Office.
Property purchased at the El Paso County tax sale may be subject to liens for demolition, mowing, or maintenance fees due to the City or Property Owners Association where the property is located.
El Paso County Texas Tax Sale Discussion
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Cities located in El Paso County Texas
The following is a list of cities and towns located in El Paso County Texas.
Tax Deeds (Hybrid) for properties located in the following cities are sold at the El Paso County Texas tax sale.
|Biggs Field, TX||1,498|
|El Paso, TX||635,173|
|Fort Bliss, TX||8,474|
|Horizon City, TX||54,529|
|San Elizario, TX||10,748|
Counties located in Texas
The following is a list of counties located in the state of Texas.
Tax Deeds (Hybrid) for properties located in the following counties are sold at Texas county tax sales.
Learn more about each county's individual tax sale process by clicking on the name of the county for which you are interested from the list below:
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El Paso County, TX
500 E. Overland Ave. Suite 101
El Paso TX 79901
|County Website:||View County Website|
|Auction Website:||View Auction Website|
|Tax Sale Date:||Not Available|
|Tax Sale List:||Get Tax Sale List|
|OTC Sale List:||Get OTC Tax Sale List|
|Parcel Search:||View Property Records|
|Public Records:||View County Records|
|Tax Sale Type:||Tax Deeds (Hybrid)|
|Redemption:||Six (6) Months For Nonhomestead, Nonagricultural Property|
|Interest Rate:||Not Applicable|
|Bid Procedure:||Premium Bid|
|Sale Contact:||County Tax Collector|
|State Statutes:||View State Statutes|
|County Map:||View County Map|
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