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Internet Auction of Tax-Defaulted Property

Date/Time:

October 18, 2014 / Auction opens 8:00 a.m. PDT
October 21, 2014 / Closing times vary by parcel

Place: On the internet at:bid4assets.com/sonoma

This page was last updated on November 12, 2014 8:26 AM

Item Assessment No. Last Assessee Minimum Bid Status
1 001-093-021-000 SIMINGTON WILLIAM T & SIMINGTON MARILYN M $ 29,800.00 Redeemed
2 001-111-040-000 TELSTAR FINANCIAL SERVICES LLC $ 11,950.00 Sold $52,322
3 004-291-037-000 CYGNET FAMILY TRUST $ 20,100.00  Withdrawn
4 005-192-002-000 CAMPIGLI PAUL $ 13,050.00 Redeemed
5 007-212-013-000 BEHRS JOHN R $ 4,350.00 Redeemed
6 009-032-009-000 HARDING CASEY TR & HARDING DEBRA LYNN TR $ 43,650.00 Redeemed
7 010-143-027-000 CITIMORTGAGE INC $ 54,650.00 Sold $315,100
8 010-381-045-000 HALL WINNIE EST OF $ 8,800.00  Withdrawn
9 010-551-001-000 VASQUEZ ALFREDO H ET AL $ 2,500.00 Redeemed
10 014-234-001-000 LAUGHLIN FLORENCE E TR $ 9,500.00 Redeemed
11 014-404-004-000 GERSHMAN LIZA TR ET AL $ 11,850.00 Redeemed
12 015-731-037-000 SCHAEFER JACK $ 38,000.00 Canceled
13 015-760-040-000 SLADOWSKI MITCH TR $ 17,000.00 Redeemed
14 016-490-004-000 RYDER FRANK A TRUSTEE $ 28,400.00 Redeemed
15 017-180-005-000 HAIRRELL SANDRA L $ 7,050.00 Redeemed
16 031-280-006-000 HUNKE DEBORAH $ 30,100.00 Redeemed
17 034-043-011-000 ECUYER BEVERLY JEAN EST OF $ 46,200.00 Redeemed
18 034-101-070-000 TMD BROWN ET AL $ 2,250.00 Sold $135,100
19 034-310-028-000 LEO JOHN FRANCIS & THORSEN LEIGH $ 4,050.00 Withdrawn
20 035-063-004-000 BAY SIERRA SEBASTOPOL ROAD PROPERTIES LLC $ 55,000.00 Redeemed
21 035-091-011-000 PENSCO TRUST CO CUSTODIAN ET AL $ 26,400.00 Redeemed
22 035-091-014-000 PHILLIPS MTUWAHAKI $ 37,950.00 Withdrawn
23 036-131-025-000 GREER MATTHEW $ 9,300.00 Redeemed
24 036-790-052-000 MORGAN DANIEL H $ 47,750.00 Redeemed
25 038-155-031-000 REA JOHN D $ 62,050.00 Redeemed
26 039-360-009-000 BAJGROWICZ JAMES J TR ET AL $ 37,100.00  Withdrawn
27 043-021-019-000 BURRIS VERONICA F EST OF ET AL $ 28,000.00 Redeemed
28 043-280-027-000 POULSEN OLSON INVESTMENT GROUP $ 13,350.00 Withdrawn
29 043-280-028-000 POULSEN OLSON INVESTMENT GROUP $ 38,700.00 Withdrawn
30 046-129-012-000 BURNHAM DONALD P & NOSRAT ZAMAN $ 7,950.00 Redeemed
31 046-523-024-000 PARKINS ELLEN E $ 6,100.00 Redeemed
32 047-214-025-000 SANDOVAL JESUS & MARIA HILDA $ 81,150.00 Redeemed
33 047-370-010-000 BOLSTER MICHAEL G JR $ 5,350.00 Redeemed
34 049-390-054-000 NRLL INC $ 2,250.00 Sold $18,500
35 063-110-005-000 SMITH SYDNEY $ 69,050.00 Redeemed
36 069-260-036-000 STARFLIGHT CORPORATION $ 4,100.00 Redeemed
37 070-070-052-000 TREFCER THOMAS $ 5,000.00 No Bid
38 070-070-053-000 W TRUST $ 7,150.00 No Bid
39 070-070-054-000 W TRUST PARTNERSHIP $ 8,200.00 No Bid
40 070-070-055-000 ATAL $ 6,650.00 No Bid
41 070-100-001-000 JAMES ROGER K TR $ 35,300.00 No Bid
42 070-210-052-000 TOCMAKIDIS LARRY & CHRONIS ELENA $ 52,200.00 Redeemed
43 070-230-048-000 NESSEL JACQUELINE A $ 28,600.00  Withdrawn
44 070-255-010-000 TURKAN VICTOR TR & TURKAN KATHLEEN B TR $ 16,500.00 Redeemed
45 070-255-016-000 ROSEALLEN DEVELOPMENT LLC $ 45,150.00 Redeemed
46 070-257-001-000 THORN JOHNNY C $ 9,950.00 Redeemed
47 070-320-004-000
070-320-005-000
GAMBER TIM TR $5,700.00 No Bid
48 070-360-035-000 MC DERMOTT KEVIN R $ 18,750.00 Redeemed
49 070-380-015-000 WIENER JOHN D EST OF ET AL $ 2,450.00 Sold $2,450
50 071-050-073-000 PARSONS AMY ET AL $ 6,000.00 Redeemed
51 071-140-076-000 LYNCH THOMAS DEAN LYNCH TR & SVETLANA IGORIVNA TR $ 11,750.00 Redeemed
52 071-192-013-000 LACY JUSTIN J RAYMOND $ 38,650.00 Redeemed
53 071-194-007-000
071-194-008-000
IVELI JOHN S $25,200.00 Sold $142,200
54 071-195-003-000 NELSON RONNA $ 4,350.00 Redeemed
55 072-021-039-000 SMITH SHAUN C $ 35,400.00 Redeemed
56 072-031-034-000
072-031-035-000
FEDERAL HOME LOAN MORTGAGE CORPORATION $11,900.00 Sold $45,000
57 072-100-060-000 SMITH SHAUN C $ 11,150.00 Redeemed
58 072-110-004-000 SULLIVAN BRIAN MICHAEL $ 6,350.00 No Bid
59 072-110-010-000 BARELA ERNEST R $ 5,000.00 Sold $5,000
60 072-110-014-000
  072-110-015-000
FERREGUR CRISTOBAL & MARIA I SOLIS $10,600.00 No Bid
61 072-160-049-000 ZEZZA ARTHUR LEE ET AL $ 30,750.00 Withdrawn
62 072-200-009-000 MCEWEN JOHN C & MARY R $ 12,200.00 Sold $18,100
63 072-310-008-000 DEVERA MARILYN M TR & DEVERA MANOLITO B TR $ 4,550.00 No Bid
64 072-330-006-000 GOSS DWIGHT J $ 7,600.00 Sold $42,322
65 072-340-015-000 FRUSTAGLI JOSEPH $ 3,600.00 No Bid
66 072-350-012-000 FRUSTAGLI JOSEPH $ 8,200.00 No Bid
67 075-040-006-000 CARSON ALAN E $ 28,100.00 Withdrawn
68 081-120-027-000 GEORGE WILLIAM MASSEY JR ET AL $ 3,900.00 No Bid
69 081-140-018-000 CHAU VINH C $ 3,950.00 No Bid
70 081-150-035-000 BUMGARNER STEPHEN L TR & BUMGARNER PAMELA R TR $ 31,700.00 Withdrawn
71 081-150-063-000 SOTO MICHAEL A ET AL $ 4,400.00 No Bid
72 081-250-042-000 ALLEN DAVID ROBERT $ 4,150.00 No Bid
73 082-010-004-000 MC DERMOTT KEVIN R $ 7,950.00 Redeemed
74 082-052-038-000 FERNANDEZ DIANE $ 3,600.00 Sold $13,100
75 082-104-044-000 HOLMAN JAMES & MATTIE L $ 5,500.00 Redeemed
76 082-125-002-000 WONDERWHEEL MIRA $ 2,700.00 Redeemed
77 082-180-023-000 THORSON HARRY ANTHONY & ELLA AGNES TR $ 6,700.00  Redeemed
78 082-280-050-000 SOLANO MATTHEW ET AL $ 3,650.00 No Bid
79 082-280-056-000
082-280-057-000
SOLANO MATTHEW ET AL $8,200.00 No Bid
80 083-060-040-000 THOMPSON TOMMY C ET AL $ 18,500.00 Redeemed
81 085-132-005-000 WESTERN NETWORK SOLUTIONS INC. $ 3,900.00 No Bid
82 086-160-013-000 SLAATS ALFRED & SLAATS SHARON ET AL $ 13,550.00 Redeemed
83 087-044-010-000 ST IGNATIUS COLLEGE PREP SCHOOL ET AL $ 10,050.00 Redeemed
84 087-045-003-000 GEORGE WILLIAM ET AL $ 5,600.00 Sold $5,600
85 087-181-001-000 RATCHFORD ZELMA EST OF $ 3,100.00 No Bid
86 087-181-003-000 RATCHFORD ZELMA EST OF $ 3,000.00 Sold $4,203
87 087-191-004-000 RATCHFORD ZELMA EST OF $ 3,650.00 No Bid
88 087-191-006-000 RATCHFORD ZELMA EST OF $ 3,650.00 No Bid
89 087-191-028-000 RATCHFORD ZELMA EST OF $ 3,100.00 No Bid
90 087-191-029-000 RATCHFORD ZELMA EST OF $ 3,100.00 No Bid
91 087-211-012-000 BREWER CAROL POULSEN $ 2,150.00 No Bid
92 094-032-004-000 SHIER JEFFREY $ 3,350.00 No Bid
93 094-032-031-000 HERRERIAS RON $ 2,200.00 No Bid
94 094-032-032-000 HERRERIAS RON ET AL $ 2,200.00 No Bid
95 094-051-009-000 GEORGE WILLIAM MASSEY JR ET AL $ 3,500.00 No Bid
96 094-053-008-000 HERRERIAS RON $ 2,200.00 No Bid
97 094-170-025-000 HACKETT ROBBIN B $ 3,000.00 Redeemed
98 094-190-032-000 PARKER GLENWOOD E & MARYLYN V TR $ 6,750.00 Sold $25,600
99 095-032-010-000 AUBIN ERNESTO ET AL $ 5,200.00 No Bid
100 095-135-002-000 GUESS ROBERT AUGUST EST OF $ 2,500.00 No Bid
101 095-152-033-000 COOL DANIEL R & SUSAN M $ 2,700.00 Sold $2,700
102 095-154-029-000 CHRISTENSEN FRANK JAY & ALANNA MAY TR $ 3,700.00 No Bid
103 095-231-021-000 STRATFORD BRIDGETTE ET AL $ 3,650.00 Redeemed
104 096-060-020-000 HAKIMZADEH DEBORA $ 3,200.00 Sold $20,100
105 096-060-021-000 TAVIS JAMES E ET AL $ 8,050.00 Sold $20,100
106 097-230-007-000 STEGMANN ADAM & STEGMANN ROSEMARY $ 10,550.00 Sold 40,100
107 097-250-012-000 FOWLER ROBERT $ 3,750.00 Sold $17,000
108 099-100-079-000 SALTER WILLIAM $ 4,300.00 Sold $36,200
109 099-112-020-000 MURPHY RICHARD $ 3,300.00 Sold $3,300
110 099-112-028-000 CLEARWATER MARCIA L TR $ 3,850.00 Sold $3,850
111 100-110-010-000 CABANA AT BODEGA INC $ 38,200.00 Redeemed
112 101-060-035-000 HENRY CHRIS $ 12,900.00 Redeemed
113 106-040-049-000
106-040-050-000
OBANNON ALEX & JILL $5,300.00 Sold $13,900
114 106-080-029-000 LOCKNER ERNEST JOHN & BRITTON HELEN $ 6,050.00  Redeemed
115 106-180-020-000 SEYMOUR DIANNE E $ 2,900.00 Sold $6,100
116 113-210-050-000 BORRUSO SIMONE TR $ 14,050.00 Redeemed
117 116-300-042-000 HAMMOND TIMOTHY $ 12,550.00 Redeemed
118 117-020-039-000 HUDSON RICK A & HUDSON TENA A $ 30,650.00 Redeemed
119 125-562-001-000 OCONNOR DEBORAH JO TR $ 4,700.00  Redeemed
120 130-101-021-000 BEATTY DALE & DEBBRA L $ 35,300.00 Redeemed
121 130-270-037-000 LEPPHAILLE JAMES TR $ 63,000.00  Redeemed
122 134-051-025-000 JTD LLC $221,600.00  Redeemed
123 134-182-061-000 WAVE 3 RIDER LLC $ 32,250.00 Redeemed
124 134-262-020-000 BURSON NATHAN $ 15,150.00 Redeemed
125 136-050-049-000 BEHRS JOHN R & DONNA M $ 9,250.00 Redeemed
126 136-260-010-000 FU DANIELLE JEAN-YI $ 3,950.00 Sold $53,500
127 136-260-014-000 FU DANIELLE JEAN-YI $ 5,100.00 Sold $45,105
128 144-700-039-000 BRAY GEORGE C EST OF $ 2,750.00 No Bid
129 149-300-029-000 SRA CAPITAL LLC $ 29,350.00 Redeemed
130 152-080-055-000 JONES TERESA ADELE $ 14,550.00 Redeemed
131 161-010-015-000 GILL LUKHBIR S & CHRISTINA J $208,800.00  Withdrawn
132 173-400-004-000
173-400-005-000
VALENA LAND CO INC ET AL $95,500.00 Redeemed
133 173-500-023-000 YEROFEYEV ANDREY $ 93,950.00 Sold $93,950
134 173-500-044-000 CASALE RALPH P $ 30,550.00 Sold $35,200
135 180-270-003-000 OLD COUNTRY HOLDINGS LLC $ 16,850.00 Redeemed
136 180-720-032-000 HALLSTAN SEGURD G $ 7,600.00 Redeemed
137 181-540-046-000 STEGEMAN SCOT D $ 6,850.00 Redeemed

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General Terms & Conditions

Properties in Sonoma County that are subject to sale at public auction for non-payment of property taxes must be offered for sale within four years of the time the property becomes subject to the Auditor-Controller/Treasurer-Tax Collector’s power to sell (Revenue and Taxation Code Section 3692(a)).  The Auditor-Controller/Treasurer-Tax Collector is responsible for the administration of these sales pursuant to the Revenue and Taxation Code and the written approval of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors.  Licensed salesmen, brokers or realtors, should not in anyway equate the sale of this property to real estate sales.

The right of redemption on a parcel ceases at 5:00 p.m. on the last business day prior to the sale.

The Auditor-Controller/Treasurer-Tax Collector does not provide the purchaser with a title insurance policy.  Many title companies may not issue their policy of title insurance on a Tax Deed to Purchaser of Tax Defaulted Property for one year, unless a quiet title action has been successfully pursued in the courts, or quit claim deeds are acquired from the former owner and all lien holders.  You are encouraged to consult with the title company of your selection.

If property you have purchased is encumbered with foreclosed or unforeclosed street bonds, irrigation assessments, income tax liens, etc., a Tax Deed to Purchaser of Tax Defaulted Property may or may not discharge these obligations.  A Tax Deed to Purchaser of Tax Defaulted Property will not abolish easements constituting servitudes upon, or burdens to, the property.   A complete investigation of all these encumbrances, and/or all liens should be made before attending the tax sale.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has the option of redeeming after sale, up until 120 days, any property on which there is an IRS lien recorded. The IRS must pay the actual amount paid for the property by the purchaser plus a specified rate of interest from the date of the sale.

Physical inspection of the property is recommended by the Auditor-Controller/Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office prior to your purchase.  The County of Sonoma makes no guarantee, expressed or implied, relative to the title, location, or condition of the properties for sale, nor do we make any assurances that the improvements, which may be shown on the tax assessment roll, exist at the time of your purchase.  The Auditor-Controller/Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office has disclosed all information of record regarding contaminated or possible contaminations of the property.  The Auditor-Controller/Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office makes no inspection or warranty regarding possible contamination.  Any personal property, such as mobile homes or equipment on the property, is not part of the sale.  All parcels will be sold “As Is”.  This is a “Buyer Beware” situation and all sales are final.

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Payment

Successful bidders must pay by cashier's check, wire transfer or electronic funds transfer, and payment must be received by October 24, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. EDT (1:00 p.m. PDT), three (3) business days after a subsequent sale closes. In addition to the purchase price, the documentary transfer tax ($0.55 per $500 of the purchase price) is required. Additionally, two Sonoma County cities have enacted Property Transfer Tax Ordinances and charge an additional tax. These include:

  • City of Santa Rosa at $2.00 per $1,000 of consideration or portion thereof.
  • City of Petaluma at $2.00 per $1,000 of consideration or portion thereof.

Only a successful bidder has the opportunity to purchase County assets. If the successful bidder defaults, under California State Law, the County cannot resort to the second highest bidder, and will be required to take appropriate legal action against the bidder who defaults.

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Tax Deed to Purchaser

The successful bidder may take possession of a property after the Tax Deed to Purchaser has been recorded.  However, most title companies will not insure the title until one year after the tax sale deed is recorded.  Quiet title action may be needed.  Legal action to challenge a tax sale must be brought within one year of the recording of the tax deed.

The deed conveys title to the purchaser free of all encumbrances of any kind existing before the sale, except:

  • Any lien for installments of taxes and special assessments, which installments will become payable upon the secured roll after the time of the sale.
  • The lien for taxes or assessments or other rights of any taxing agency, which does not consent, to the sale under this chapter.
  • Liens for special assessments levied upon the property conveyed which were, at the time of the sale under this chapter, not included in the amount necessary to redeem the tax-defaulted property, and where a taxing agency which collects its own taxes has consented to the sale under this chapter, not included in the amount required to redeem from sale to the taxing agency.
  • Easements constituting servitude upon or burdens to the property; water rights, the record title to which is held separately from the title to the property; and restrictions of record.
  • Unaccepted, recorded, irrevocable offers of dedication of the property to the public or a public entity for a public purpose, and recorded options of any taxing agency to purchase the property or any interest therein for a public purpose.
  • Unpaid assessments under the Improvement Bond Act of 1915 (Division 10, commencing with Section 8500 of the Streets and Highways code) which are not satisfied as a result of the sale proceeds being applied pursuant to Chapter 1.3 (commencing with Section 4671) of part 8.
  • Any federal Internal Revenue Service liens* which, pursuant to provision of federal law, are not discharged by the sale, even though the Tax Collector has provided proper notice to the Internal Revenue Service before that date.
  • Unpaid special taxes under Mello-Roos Community Facilities Act of 1982 (Chapter 2.5, commencing with Section 53311, or Part 1 of Division 2 of Title 5 of the Government Code) that are not satisfied as a result of the sale proceeds being applied pursuant to Chapter 1.3 (commencing with Section 4671) of Part 8.

The County Recorder will mail the original deed to the purchaser after recording, usually within four to six weeks.

* Note:  The County assumes no liability for any other possible liens, encumbrances or easements, recorded or not recorded.  When property is sold at Public Auction on which the IRS holds a tax lien, the United States has the right of redemption for 120 days from the date of such sale (26 USC §§ 3712(g) and 7425(d)).  The IRS will pay the actual amount paid for the property by the bidder, plus a specified rate of interest from the date of the sale, plus the expense of sale that exceed any income received from the property.

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TERMS OF SALE

ALL POTENTIAL BIDDERS ARE REQUIRED TO READ AND UNDERSTAND THESE TERMS.

  1. The auction will begin at 8:00 a.m. PDT (11:00 a.m. EDT) on October 18, 2014 and the auction will close at the time shown on each auction item on October 21, 2014.

  2. The asset information is being updated daily and will not be finalized until the day of the sale. Please read all due diligence materials and check the spreadsheets for updates.

  3. The descriptions provided are based on the Official Records of the County Recorder's Office and are presumed to be correct. The property to be sold may be approximately located from maps provided in the Due Diligence information on each auction item on bid4assets.com/sonoma.

  4. The right to redeem any parcel terminates as of 5:00 p.m. PDT on October 17, 2014. Properties removed from the sale will be so indicated on the Asset Page listing for a specific property.

  5. Prospective purchasers are urged to examine the title, location and desirability of the properties available to their own satisfaction prior to the sale. ALL PROPERTIES ARE SOLD AS IS. The County makes no guarantee, expressed or implied, relative to the title, location or condition of the properties for sale. The County assumes no liability for any other possible liens, encumbrances or easements, recorded or not recorded.

  6. Prospective purchasers are advised that some bonds or other assessments which are levied by agencies or offices other than the Auditor-Controller/Treasurer-Tax Collector may still be outstanding after the tax sale.

  7. Some properties in some counties may have 1911, 1913 and/or 1915 Improvement Act Bonds, or Mello Roos bonds, which are noted on the Asset Page listing of the property.

  8. When property is sold at public auction on which the IRS holds a tax lien, the United States has the right of redemption for 120 days from the date of such sale (26 USC Sec. 3712(g) and 7425(d)). The IRS will pay the actual amount paid for the property by the bidder, plus a specified rate of interest, plus the expenses of sale that exceed any income received from the property.

  9. The County makes no warranty, either expressed or implied, relative to the usability, the ground location, or property lines of the properties. The prospective purchaser must determine the exact location, desirability, and usefulness of the properties.

  10. The sale of these properties should not, in any way, be equated to real estate sales by licensed salesmen, brokers and realtors. The County does not guarantee the condition of the property nor assume any responsibility for conformance to codes, permits or zoning ordinances. You should inspect the property before investing. The burden is on the purchaser to thoroughly research, before the sale, any matters relevant to his or her decision to purchase, rather than on the county, whose sole interest is the recovery of back taxes.

  11. Your bid is an irrevocable offer to purchase the asset.

  12. Successful bidders will be asked to complete a deed information form showing how they want the title to the property to be held (vesting). The Deed Information form will be provided to the winning bidder and must be completed within 48 hours following the close of the auction. The County Recorder will mail the original deed to the purchaser after recording, usually within four to six weeks. This deed conveys all right, title, and interest to the property in accordance with the provisions of Revenue and Taxation Code section 3712.

  13. A California documentary transfer tax will be added to, and collected with, the full purchase price. This tax is calculated at the rate of $.55 for each $500.00 or fractional part thereof. Additionally, two Sonoma County cities have enacted Property Transfer Tax Ordinances and charge an additional tax as follows:

    • City of Santa Rosa at $2.00 per $1,000 of consideration or portion thereof.
    • City of Petaluma at $2.00 per $1,000 of consideration or portion thereof.

  14. The notification of winning bid will include the total purchase price, including documentary transfer tax, with instructions concerning the various payment methods.

  15. Unless otherwise noted, payment in full by wire transfer, electronic funds transfer or cashier's check will be required by 4:00 p.m. EDT, October 24, 2014, (1:00 p.m. PDT), three (3) business days after a subsequent sale closes. No personal checks or credit card payments will be accepted. Payments in excess of the total purchase price will be refunded by mail within 30 days. To ensure that a cashier's check payment is received timely, Express Mail, UPS and Federal Express are suggested as reliable delivery services. If payment policy is not adhered to, the successful bidder may be banned from future sales.

  16. A single bid deposit (plus a $ 35 processing fee) will be required to bid on any and all properties offered for sale by the county. Bid Deposits must be in the form of a wire transfer or certified check and must be in the custody of Bid4Assets no later than Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. EDT (1:00 p.m. PDT). Please contact Bid4Assets directly for instructions and questions pertaining to Bid Deposits. Final payment/settlement is due to Bid4Assets by 4:00 p.m. EDT (1:00 p.m. PDT) on Friday, October 24, 2014.

  17. Only a successful bidder has the opportunity to purchase County assets. If the successful bidder defaults, under California State Law, the County cannot resort to the second highest bidder, and will be required to take appropriate legal action against the bidder who defaults. Failure on the part of the successful bidder to consummate the sale within the specified time shall result in the forfeiture of the deposit made and all rights that the purchaser may have had with respect to the property.

  18. The successful bidder may generally take possession of the property after the tax deed to purchase has been recorded. Successful purchasers should contact their attorney for information regarding possession. Most title companies will not insure title on properties sold at public auction for at least one (1) year after the tax deed has been recorded. Legal action to challenge a tax sale must be commenced within one (1) year of the tax deed recording date.

  19. ALL SALES ARE FINAL. THERE ARE ABSOLUTELY NO REFUNDS

RULES ARE SUBJECT TO MODIFICATION BETWEEN NOW AND COMMENCEMENT OF SALE

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Minimum Bids

The following are guidelines used in determining the minimum bid for the properties offered for sale:

The minimum price at which property may be offered for sale pursuant to Section 3698.5 of the California Revenue and Taxation Code shall be an amount not less than the total amount necessary to redeem, plus costs.

The “total amount necessary to redeem” is the sum of the following:

  • All unpaid defaulted taxes
  • Delinquent penalties
  • Redemption penalties
  • A redemption fee of $15.00
  • Additional Costs as described in the following Revenue and Taxation Codes:

    Section 4112(a)(b)
    A fee in an amount reasonably necessary to reimburse the tax collector shall be distributed to the general fund to reimburse the county for its costs of obtaining names and last known mailing addresses of and for mailing notices required by Section 3701, to parties of interest.

    Section 4672
    There shall be distributed to the State of California $1.50 for any portion of each separately valued parcel of real property.

    Section 4672.1
    There shall be distributed to the county general fund to reimburse the county for the cost of conducting the sale $150.

    Section 4672.2
    There shall be distributed to the county general fund to reimburse the county for the cost of giving notice $35.

    Section 4673
    Amounts to reimburse the county for the cost of advertising sales of tax-defaulted property shall be distributed to the county general fund.

    Section 3704.7(c)
    Up to $100 for each parcel that is a primary residence for the last known assessee.  Indicators of this condition include a valid homeowner’s exemption or evidence showing that the mailing address on the tax bill is the same as the situs.
     

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Rights of Parties of Interest

To claim the excess proceeds from the sale of tax defaulted property you must be a “party of interest” as defined by Section 4675 of the Revenue and Taxation Code.

Your claim for excess proceeds must be filed within ONE YEAR after the tax collector’s deed to purchaser is recorded. By law, claims filed after the one-year period cannot be accepted.

The law protects parties of interest by requiring assignments to another person of the right to claim excess proceeds can be made only by means of a dated, written document.  The document must specifically state that the right to claim excess proceeds is being assigned and that each party to the transaction has informed the other of the value of the right being assigned.

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Questions and Answers

 The following are typical questions and answers and may assist you in understanding auction and bidding procedures.  If you have additional questions, please contact the tax collector’s office at taxcollector@sonoma-county.org

Q. How can I register as a bidder?

A. Bid4Assets is handling the bidder registration process for this sale and complete instructions are available at bid4assets.com/sonoma. Sonoma County requires each bidder to submit, to Bid4Assets, a deposit of $5,000, plus a $35 processing fee, to register for the sale. Bidders are advised to arrange for their deposits early to make sure they are eligible to bid. The Tax Collector's Office will not be registering bidders nor accepting bids. All questions will be directed to Bid4Assets.

Q. How does the bidding process work?

A. All parcels are assigned an Auction ID number. Bidding starts at the minimum bid amount (the amount required to pay off the defaulted taxes and costs) and will increase in increments of at least $100 until the close of the auction. The auction begins at 8:00 a.m. (PDT) on October 18, 2014 and closes at the stated time for each parcel on October 21, 2014. For a more detailed explanation of the bidding process, log on to bid4assets.com/sonoma, click on "For Buyers" at the top of the home page, then click on "How to Bid." You may also bid by fax if you do not have access to the internet. More information and instructions are available by calling Bid4assets customer service at 1-877-427-7387.

Q. How can a successful bidder pay for a property at the tax sale?

A. Successful bidders must pay by cashier's check, wire transfer or electronic funds transfer, and payment must be received by October 24, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. EDT (1:00 p.m. PDT), three (3) business days after a subsequent sale closes. In addition to the purchase price, the documentary transfer tax ($0.55 per $500 of the purchase price) is required. Additionally, two Sonoma County cities have enacted Property Transfer Tax Ordinances and charge an additional tax. These include:

  • City of Santa Rosa at $2.00 per $1,000 of consideration or portion thereof.
  • City of Petaluma at $2.00 per $1,000 of consideration or portion thereof.

Only a successful bidder has the opportunity to purchase County assets. If the successful bidder defaults, under California State Law, the County cannot resort to the second highest bidder, and will be required to take appropriate legal action against the bidder who defaults.

Q. Can I obtain title to a property on the tax sale list by paying the delinquent taxes prior to the tax sale date? Does the county sell tax lien certificates?

A. No. Legal title to a tax-defaulted property subject to the Tax Collector's power to sell can be obtained only by becoming the successful bidder at the tax auction. Sonoma County does not sell tax lien certificates at this time.

Q. How do I find a property I'd like to bid on at the tax sale?

A. While we try to give all possible assistance in helping prospective purchasers to pinpoint a property location, vacant land usually has no street (situs) address. Its approximate geographic location can be determined through the use of county Assessor plat maps and perhaps, a map book. Exact boundary lines of a property can be determined only by a survey of the property initiated at the purchaser's expense. Improved properties frequently (but not always) will bear a situs (street) address. The Assessor's plat maps may be downloaded from the bid4assets.com/sonoma website.

Q. When does the right to redeem (pay the taxes) a tax-defaulted property subject to the power to sell cease?

A. The right to pay the taxes in full to avoid the sale of the property ceases at the close of business, 5:00 p.m., on the last business day prior to the sale.

Q. How can I determine what use I can make of a tax sale property before I purchase it?

A. No expressed or implied warranty is given with respect to the parcels, and they are sold on an "as is" basis. Bidders are responsible for knowing what they are purchasing. Consult the zoning department of any city within which a property lies or the zoning section of the county Permit and Resource Management Department for parcels located in the unincorporated areas (i.e. not lying within a city boundary) regarding use of the parcel. Examine the county records for any recorded easements on a property. You can also order a title search report from a local title insurance company.

Q. How soon can I take possession of a property after purchase at the tax sale?

A. The successful bidder may generally take possession after making payment in full, complying with any conditions set forth between the tax collector and the successful bidder, and after the tax deed to purchase the property has been recorded. Successful purchasers should contact their attorney for information regarding possession. Most title companies will not insure title on properties sold at public auction for at least one (1) year after the tax deed has been recorded. Legal action to challenge a tax sale must be commenced within one (1) year of the tax recording date.

Q. Do liens or encumbrances on a tax-defaulted property transfer to the new owner after purchase of the property at a tax sale?

A. Chapter 7, Section 3712 of the California Revenue and Taxation Code States: The deed conveys title to the purchaser free of all encumbrances of any kind existing before the sale, except:

a) Any lien for installments of taxes and special assessments which installments will become payable upon the secured roll after the time of the sale.

b) The lien for taxes or assessments or other rights of any taxing agency which does not consent to the sale under this chapter.

c) Liens for special assessments levied upon the property conveyed which were, at the time of the sale under this chapter, not included in the amount necessary to redeem the tax-defaulted property, and, where a taxing agency which collects its own taxes has consented to the sale under this chapter, not included in the amount required to redeem from sale to the taxing agency.

d) Easements constituting servitude upon or burdens to the property; water rights, the record title to which is held separately from the title to the property; and restrictions of record.

e) Unaccepted, recorded, irrevocable offers of dedication of the property to the public or a public entity for a public purpose, and recorded options of any taxing agency to purchase the property or any interest therein for a public purpose.

f) Unpaid assessments under the Improvement Bond Act of 1915 (Division 10 (commencing with Section 8500) of the Streets and Highways Code) which are not satisfied as a result of the sale proceeds being applied pursuant to Chapter 1.3 (commencing with Section 4671) of Part 8.

g) Any federal Internal Revenue Service liens which, pursuant to provisions of federal law, are not discharged by the sale, even though the tax collector has provided proper notice to the Internal Revenue Service before that date.

h) Unpaid special taxes under Mello-Roos Community Facilities Act of 1982 (Chapter 2.5, commencing with Section 53311, or Part 1 of Division 2 of Title 5 of the Government Code) that are not satisfied as a result of the sale proceeds being applied pursuant to Chapter 1.3 (commencing with Section 4671) of Part 8.

A title search initiated at the prospective purchaser’s expense should reveal any liens or encumbrances on a property in the tax sale.

Q. How is the minimum price on a property offered at a tax sale determined?

A. State law dictates that the minimum price for a tax-defaulted parcel offered at a public auction for the first time shall be no less than the total amount necessary to redeem plus costs. The minimum bid on a parcel may be set at a greater amount at the Tax Collector's discretion.

Q. Is a tax sale publicly advertised?

A. Yes. State law dictates that notice of a tax sale must be published once a week for three successive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation. A list of available properties will be published in the local Press Democrat three times, once weekly, one month prior to the auction.

Q. What are the foreclosure and eviction processes and will the county handle these processes for a fee?

A. No, the county does not handle the foreclosure or the eviction process. The property is sold "as is" and buyers assume all ownership responsibilities.

Q. Is property purchased in a tax sale eligible for title insurance?

A. Most title companies will not insure title for one year after the recording of the tax deed. Quiet Title action may be needed.

Q. Under what circumstances can the former owner challenge the validity of the auction?

A. Generally, Sections 177 and 3725 et. seq. of the Revenue & Taxation Code limit the time to commence an action to one year from the recording of the tax deed.

Q. What happens if I am the successful bidder but decide that I don't want the property after all?

A. Be sure you want the property before you bid. ALL SALES ARE FINAL AND THERE ARE ABSOLUTELY NO REFUNDS. If you default, under California State Law, the county cannot resort to the second highest bidder and will be required to take legal action against you. Failure to consummate the sale within the specified time shall result in the forfeiture of any deposit made and all rights that the purchaser may have had with respect to the property. Failure to consummate the sale will also bar the bidder from participating in future tax sales in Sonoma County.

PARCELS ARE SOLD ON AN “AS IS” BASIS AND SONOMA COUNTY ASSUMES NO RESPONSIBILITY, IMPLIED OR OTHERWISE, THAT THE PROPERTIES ARE IN COMPLIANCE WTH ZONING ORDINANCES, CONFORM TO BUILDING CODES AND PERMITS OR THE SITUS ADDRESS.  NO GOVERNMENT ENTITY IS LIABLE FOR DAMAGES SUSTAINED TO PROPERTY PURCHASED AT PUBLIC AUCTION, INCLUDING FROM THE TIME OF THE SALE UNTIL THE RECORDATION OF THE TAX DEED TO THE PURCHASER

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Important Information

Research Before You Invest

The sale of these properties should not, in any way, be equated to real estate sales by licensed salesmen, brokers and realtors.  The Auditor-Controller/Treasurer-Tax Collector cannot guarantee the condition of the property nor assume any responsibility for conformance to codes, permits or zoning ordinances.

You should inspect the property before investing.  The burden is on the purchaser to thoroughly research before the sale, any matters relevant to his or her decision to purchase, rather than on the county, whose sole interest is the recovery of back taxes. Any research on these properties will need to be facilitated by the purchaser.  The county offices provide information during regular business hours.

It is recommended that bidders consult with the Zoning Department of any city within which a particular parcel lies, or the Zoning Section of the County Planning Department for an unincorporated area parcel.

Should the successful purchaser desire a survey of the property, this must be done at the purchaser's own initiative and expense.  No warranty is made by the county, either expressed or implied, relative to usability, the ground location, or property lines of the properties.  The exact location, desirability and usefulness of the properties must be determined by the prospective purchaser prior to the sale.

Tax-defaulted property will be sold on an "as is" basis.  This is a “Buyer Beware” situation and ALL SALES ARE FINAL.

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