Tax Deed Sales
Calhoun County has its county
seat in Port Lavaca, and its population in 2000 was 20647. A map
the location of all Texas counties is available at
For more information about Calhoun County, visit the county's website at: http://www.tisd.net/~calhoun
Texas Tax Deed Process
Public tax sales may only be conducted on the first Tuesday of any
month at the courthouse of the county in which the property is located.
Bidders at sales in counties with a population of 250,000 or more and
in certain other counties must submit a statement of no delinquent taxes owed
in order to register.
All sales are to the highest
bidder. The successful bidder will be issued a Constable's Deed
or Sheriff's Deed within 4-6 weeks after the auction date.
Property sold at a tax sale is subject
to a statutory right of redemption. This redemption period commences from the
date the original sale deed was filed for record in the County Clerk's
office. There is a two-year right of redemption for homestead property and
property appraised as agricultural land (25% flat interest rate paid the first
year; 50% flat interest rate paid the second year). There is a six-month right
of redemption for all other property (25% flat interest rate).
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Many counties in Texas retain
a private law firm to handle the collection of delinquent property taxes. The
following law firms are commonly retained:
In Texas, the officer charged with the sale of delinquent properties is the
officer (Constable or Sheriff) who posts the sale information. A private law
firm retained by the County for delinquent tax collections may help prepare
the sale, or conduct the sale as an agent of the Constable or Sheriff.
If there is a retained law firm, tax
sale information, dates and property listings are normally posted on the
firm's website. Otherwise, you can contact the County Tax Assessor-Collector's
Office (or sometimes the Appraisal District's Office).
Texas Over-the-Counter Tax Deed Process
offered at the tax sale that are not bid on and purchased are
struck off to the taxing jurisdiction
that requested the sale. These properties may be
available for purchase at a Judgement Bid sale, for the minimum
bid amount, while the redemption periods remain effective.
Properties remaining in Judgment Bid whose redemption periods have
expired are processed for resale. Resales may be private, in
which the County considers written offers to purchase on a
case-by-case basis, or by sealed bid. In some counties, resales
are by a second public auction.
Resale properties will have their minimum bids reduced
by the taxing jurisdiction.
In most counties, the two
best sources for getting a list of properties struck off at auction and held
for resale are:
Information on a property subject to a tax deed sale, such as appraised value
and structural improvements, is available at the Appraisal District's Office.
Another useful website is Texas’ largest online
property records database at:
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