Tax Deed Sales
Harris County has its county
seat in Houston, and its population in 2000 was 3400578. A map
the location of all Texas counties is available at
For more information about Harris County, visit the county's website at: http://www.co.harris.tx.us
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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information on tax sales in all 50 states, including Texas tax
Many counties in Texas retain
a private law firm to handle the collection of delinquent property taxes.
Harris County retains the following law firm(s):
Linebarger Goggan Blair Graham & Sampson LLP (http://www.publicans.com/home.htm) AND Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins and Mott LLP (http://www.pbfcm.com)
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. In Harris County, the Constable's Office conducts or is present at the tax sales.
Constables Website: http://www.co.harris.tx.us/constable/Default.htm
Sheriff's Website: N/A
If there is a retained law firm, tax sale information, dates and property listings are normally posted on the firm's
website. Harris County provides information about tax deed
http://www.tax.co.harris.tx.us/propertytax/proptaxfaq.asp (see header Tax Sales) AND http://www.tax.co.harris.tx.us/taxsaleprocedures/default.asp
If you have additional
questions about tax sales, contact the County Tax Assessor-Collector's Office at:
Address: 100 Preston - Houston TX 77002
713-368-2727 (Special Tax Services Department)
or the Appraisal District at:
Address: Harris County Appraisal District - 13013 Northwest Freeway - Houston TX 77040-6305
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.
Harris County Resales of Struck-Off Properties
Information about struck-off
property resales is available online at:
No information on county websites
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 Harris County Property
Another useful website is Texas’ largest online
property records database at:
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