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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Potter County Tax Claim Bureau Holds Annual ‘Upset Sale’

September 12th, 2016
Potter County Today

Here, volunteer auctioneer Todd Brown
 was joined by TCB staffers (from left) 
Karin Karr, Deanna Johnston and Linda
 Gambino in conducting Monday’s sale.

Potter County Tax Claim Bureau (TCB) held its annual “upset sale” on Monday, a last-resort auction to sell those properties on which taxes for 2013 or earlier have not been paid. 

Fifteen properties from across Potter County, most of them with marginal value at best, were put up for sale and just four of them were sold. Only one of the delinquent properties elicited competitive bidding before selling for $7,000. 

Next step in the lengthy process of restoring properties to the active tax rolls is a continuance sale that offers the remaining 15 properties. It’s scheduled for 10 am Monday, Sept. 19, at the Gunzburger Building. 

A list of the properties that are subject to continuance sale will be posted on the Potter County website, pottercountypa.net (click on Departments/Tax Claim). TCB officials caution that is no guarantee of clear title for any of the properties brought up for sale. Liens, judgments or attachments may apply. 

TCB has implemented a series of changes to make things easier for those who have fallen behind on their taxes, including a monthly installment option (owner-occupied properties only) and a credit card payment system. Those payments are accepted online only, through the Tax Claim Bureau website at pottercountypa.net. The credit card payment option is limited to overdue taxes (2014 and earlier). 

All of the changes have had positive results, according to TCB Director Deanna Johnston. “The number of delinquent properties has been tracking downward in recent years,” she said. “Selling someone’s property due to unpaid taxes is always a last resort and we work with anyone who has fallen behind to try to avoid that outcome.” 

Tax Claim Bureau office is located in Suite 111 of the Gunzburger Building, 1 North Main Street, Coudersport PA 16915; telephone (814) 274-0488, Option 1.

6 comments :

Anonymous said...

Wish someone would explain how this works, if you buy this property at tax sale do you mow own it,or have you just paid the taxes? please explain.

Anonymous said...

Upset sales are the first step in the sale process. The title conveyed to a purchaser at an upset sale is subject to the claim of every recorded mortgage, lien, claim, ground rent or PA Revenue lien not included in the upset price. In other words, you effectively take title to the premises in the same position as the taxpayer who has been divested of the property. If they granted three mortgages, you take the property subject to those same three mortgages. Accordingly, a thorough title search review, prior to the sale, is an absolute necessity. Again, obtain such a search review from experienced real estate counsel. Hundreds of thousands of dollars (or more) may be at risk.

Anonymous said...

What if there is no mortgage, liens, or any thing else on the property.

Anonymous said...

What property's sold ? I tried to look but couldn't get any where .

Anonymous said...

Then you own the property free and clear - it's all yours!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you, cause there was one I was very interested in but couldn't get any answers to and sorry didn't want a lot of people know I was interested thank you...