How to Bid in Oakland County’s First Virtual Foreclosed Property Auction
(Oakland County, July 15, 2022)
Oakland County, MI – Oakland County Treasurer Robert Wittenberg announces the first Virtual Tax Foreclosed Property Auction through Title Check with 374 properties available on Aug. 12, 2022 at tax-sale.info. Previously, the auction was known as the Oakland County Land Sale Auction.
“We’re excited to introduce the Virtual Tax Foreclosed Property Auction in Oakland County and provide greater public access, increased transparency and operational efficiencies at no cost to taxpayers,” said Oakland County Treasurer Robert Wittenberg. “When foreclosed properties are reimagined or developed into housing, public spaces and community gardens, they strengthen and revitalize our communities.”
To participate in the virtual tax foreclosure property auction, new bidders must register for a free user account and must submit a credit card pre-authorization before bidding on tax-sale.info. The credit card pre-authorization is valid for 30 days.
Advance bidding—allows bids to be placed, modified and deleted—begins 30 days before the posted auction start time and ends at 10 a.m. on the posted auction date. Active bidding begins at 10 a.m. on the posted auction date and continues until 7 p.m. that evening. During active bidding, new bids and increased bids may be placed but bids may not be deleted or decreased. Winning bidders will receive an email notification after bidding closes along with payment and document requirements.
“We are pleased to be working with the Oakland County Treasurer’s office to bring their tax sale online,” said Marty Spaulding, general manager of Tax-Sale.Info. “Tax property auctions across the state return tax delinquent property … often habitually delinquent … to productive use and reduce the burden on local operating budgets. They also bring new vision and energies to properties often ignored for years. We make efforts to educate prospective buyers, and ensure the bidding process is accessible and transparent.”
The Oakland County Treasurer’s Office is providing in-person public access to computers during business hours on Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. No appointment or proof of residency are required. For bidders without internet access, Title Check also offers a phone bidding system by calling (800) 259-7470.