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2015 Property Tax Foreclosure Auction Fact Sheet
  1. The Thurston County Treasurer conducts a property tax foreclosure auction pursuant to RCW 84.64. Property whose delinquent taxes are not redeemed prior to the sale date are sold at a public auction held once a year in January. The date for this year’s internet-based foreclosure auction will be January 4,5,6 2016. The foreclosure sale may reopen Tuesday, January 12, 2016 if all properties are not sold.
  2. The first public notice is published in the Nisqually Valley News, a local newspaper, on Friday, September 4, 2015. If you would like a copy of this notice send a self-addressed stamped envelope around that time or visit our web site at We do not maintain a mailing list.
  3. The final notice will be published Thursday, December 31, 2015 on the Thurston County Treasurer's web site at This list will include the opening bid amounts.
  4. A current list of properties in foreclosure will be available and maintained in the Treasurer’s Office and on our web site at after September 4, 2015. The list is updated weekly.
  5. An open internet based auction is facilitated by; the property is awarded to the highest bidder. The web site will be available for public viewing beginning December 4, 2015. All sales are final. Property is sold "as is". Research thoroughly before you bid. Purchasers are urged to examine property title, location and desirability prior to bidding. Recorded easements are not extinguished by a tax sale. The winning bidder must pay via wire transfer or in person in the form of cash or cashier's check. Payment must be received by Friday, January 8, 2016 - see schedule on bid4assets website. Thurston County does not finance.
  6. A representative may purchase property provided they register at the foreclosure auction web site along with all auction bidders.
  7. Approximately 10 to 50 properties go to sale each year.
  8. Properties are sold free and clear of all liens and encumbrances except Internal Revenue Service liens and Municipal liens such as Local Improvement District Assessment liens.
  9. A tax deed is issued within 30 days of the close of the auction in the name of the purchaser.
  10. There is no right of redemption period except if the property were that of an active military service member or a minor or any person adjudicated to be legally incompetent. In this case the property may be redeemed within three years.
  11. Properties that do not sell at the foreclosure sale revert back to the county and are handled by Melanie Rabaglia, Public Works Real Estate Services (360) 867-2357 or or 9605 Tilley Rd S Suite C Olympia, WA 98512.