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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is a tax sale?
  2. What is an online tax sale?
  3. What equipment or software do I need to be able to participate?
  4. Will it cost me anything to participate?
  5. Who do I contact if I have a question about how to use the website?
  6. If I have questions about a specific property, who do I contact?
  7. Does a tax sale eliminate all other liens on a property?
  8. How do I get started?
  9. When can I place my bids?
  10. What is proxy bidding?
  11. What is the "Two Minute Rule"?
  12. How do I submit my deposit?
  13. What is an ACH debit?
  14. When do bidders have to pay the amount due for their purchases?
  15. What form of payment is required for deposits and final payment?
  16. What happens if I fail to pay the balance within the period indicated?
  17. What happens to my deposit if I don't win any property?
  18. Where can I find additional information on the County's website?
  19. When are the tax sales conducted?
  20. Where can I get a list of properties scheduled for upcoming tax sales?
  21. What are the required fees?
  22. What does "Withdrawn" mean on the bid page?
  23. How can I download the sale list?

  1. What is a tax sale?

    Property that has tax bill(s) remaining unpaid for a period of greater than five years becomes subject to a tax sale. The property(s) will be offered for sale at a public auction for a minimum bid. The minimum bid is typically the amount of taxes owed plus all penalties and costs that have been applied to the property(s).


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  2. What is an online tax sale?

    An online tax sale is an auction where bids are transmitted and received electronically through the Internet using a computer and a web browser.


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  3. What equipment or software do I need to be able to participate?

    A bidder must have internet access and a web browser; recommended browsers include: Internet Explorer version 9.0 or later, Mozilla Firefox version 3.0 or later, Google Chrome version 17 or later. The DeedAuction site will not support Internet Explorer 11.0 and older Internet Explorer browsers.

    There is free computer access at public libraries located throughout the County.


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  4. Will it cost me anything to participate?

    Registration on the website is free. However, you will need to abide by the County's deposit rules. See FAQ below on how to submit a deposit.


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  5. Who do I contact if I have a question about how to use the website?

    Representatives of Grant Street Group are available via email (DeedAuction@GrantStreet.com) or via phone at (877) 274-9320 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. PST on business days to provide instruction and answer questions regarding use of the website.


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  6. If I have questions about a specific property, who do I contact?

    Please contact the County at (661) 868-3438 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. PST (Monday through Friday, excluding Official County Holidays).


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  7. Does a tax sale eliminate all other liens on a property?

    Some liens may be dischargeable and others may not. Tax and property laws are complicated and bidders should thoroughly research outstanding or potential liens, mortgages, encumbrances or title defects prior to placing a bid on a property in a tax sale. It is best to seek legal advice of an attorney who can provide you with information about liens on a given property. Be advised that you are solely responsible for researching tax sale properties and you assume sole responsibility for making any bid at the online tax sale. The County does not make any representations or warranties as to the status of the title or liens on property auctioned at a tax sale.

    For more information please refer to the County Tax Sale Terms and Conditions.


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  8. How do I get started?
    • Register on the website
    • Review the recorded Demos on the Home page
    • Read the Tax Sale Instructions documents
    • Submit the required deposit

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  9. When can I place my bids?

    All bidders with a valid deposit may begin placing bids on the opening day of the sale. See the Auction Calendar for the exact dates of upcoming sales. All properties are grouped in Batches and each Batch has their own unique close times after which bids will no longer be accepted, with the exception of the "Two Minute Rule." See FAQ below on the "Two Minute Rule." Please note the close time listed on the Bid Page for the properties you are interested in bidding.


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  10. What is proxy bidding?

    Proxy bidding is a form of competitive sale in which bidders input the maximum bid they are willing to pay for a property they would like to purchase. The system will then automatically enter bids on their behalf, as necessary, up to their maximum bid.

    If you enter a maximum bid that is the same as another lead bid, the first bidder to submit that amount would be deemed the leader. The trailing bidder would be notified with a message on the screen that "your bid was submitted successfully, but you trail an earlier bidder at the same price". The non leader would have to increase their maximum bid to become the leader.

    All bids submitted on this site are submitted as proxy bids. The bid you enter after you click the Enter Max Bid link will be executed using the proxy bid system.


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  11. What is the "Two Minute Rule"?

    If a bidder becomes a leading bidder (as displayed by "leader" in the bid status column) in the last two minutes of the sale, the Auction Clock will change to reflect a new Auction Close Time and the sale will be extended two (2) minutes to allow additional bidding. This will continue until that bidder remains leader for two (2) minutes (at which time the auction closes and the leading bid becomes the Winning Bid). Be aware that submitting a bid higher than the "best bid" may not trigger overtime due to the automatic proxy bid. The bid you submit must make you the "leader" in order to trigger overtime. When you submit your bid you will get a message on your screen that indicates your bid has been accepted and your status is now leading or you are now trailing.


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  12. How do I submit my deposit?

    An advance deposit of $5,000.00 and a non-refundable $35.00 bid deposit processing fee must be made online through the electronic auction website via eCheck (ACH / Electronic Debit). Your deposit must be submitted at least five (5) full business days before the auction opens for bidding.

    To submit your deposit online:

    1. Log in with your user name and password
    2. Click the "My Payments" link on the left hand tool bar *Click "Submit Deposit"
    3. Enter your banking information as instructed on the screen and click "Submit".

    You will receive an email confirmation of your payment submission.

    Please note that once you submit your deposit, any requests for a refund will be processed once the sale has concluded and reconciled (approximately two weeks after the last sale closes).


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  13. What is an ACH debit?

    An ACH debit is an electronic funds transfer from your bank account, initiated by the County with your prior authorization. For more information on ACH, please visit the NACHA, the Electronic Payments Association, at www.nacha.org.

    Funds must be drawn from a US financial institution. Some types of money market, brokerage, and/or trust accounts cannot accept ACH debits. Please check with your financial institution prior to initiating payment on the website.


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  14. When do bidders have to pay the amount due for their purchases?

    Winning bidders are required to make final payment in full within five (5) business days from the close of each auction.


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  15. What form of payment is required for deposits and final payment?

    Deposits:

    Advance deposits must be made online through the electronic auction website via eCheck (ACH / Electronic Debit).

    Your Deposit must be submitted at least five (5) full business days before you can bid in a sale. Funds will clear on the sixth (6th) business day, which must be on or before the scheduled sale day. (Note the date at the bottom of the Submit Deposit page. This will let you know when your funds will be clear, you will not be able to bid until your deposit has become valid and the auction is accepting bids).

    Final Payment:

    Only the following forms of payment shall be accepted:

    1. Certified or cashier's check (made payable to the Kern County Treasurer-Tax Collector)
    2. Cash (paid at the Kern County Treasurer-Tax Collector's Office, at 1115 Truxtun Avenue, 2nd Floor, Bakersfield, CA, 93301)
    3. Wire transfer (sent to the Kern County Treasurer-Tax Collector)

    Please note: Payment by personal check, traveler's check, or credit card shall not be accepted.


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  16. What happens if I fail to pay the balance within the period indicated?

    The properties offered at each auction of this tax sale shall be sold to the highest bidder. The highest bidder for each property auction of this tax sale shall pay in full within five (5) business days from the close of each auction. In the event the highest bidder on an auction fails to comply with these Settlement Requirements, then that bidder's deposit shall be forfeited to the County. Winning bidders who do not perform on all auctions won will forfeit their deposit to the County and will be banned from future sales for a period of five (5) years.


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  17. What happens to my deposit if I don't win any property?

    Refund of the bid deposit shall be made to unsuccessful bidders within ten (10) business days after the close of all property auctions for this tax sale.


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  18. Where can I find additional information on the County's website?

    Additional tax sale information can be found on the County's website: General Tax Sale Info


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  19. When are the tax sales conducted?

    See the Auction Calendar for the exact dates of upcoming sales.


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  20. Where can I get a list of properties scheduled for upcoming tax sales?

    You can view the list of items for sale by visiting https://www.kern.mytaxsale.com or by clicking on the sales listed in the auction calendar.


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  21. What are the required fees?

    There is a $35 non-refundable bid deposit processing fee required when submitting your deposit. If you are the winning bidder, a documentary transfer tax of $0.55 (fifty-five cents) shall be added for each $500.00, or fractional portion thereof, of the final sales price.


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  22. What does "Withdrawn" mean on the bid page?

    This means that a property has been withdrawn from the sale and is not available for bidding. Properties may be withdrawn from the sale from time to time and the auction site will be updated daily to reflect any such changes.


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  23. How can I download the sale list?

    After you have logged in you can download a list of each day's sale items by selecting the sale date from the Auction Calendar and then clicking View Auction on the left side navigation bar.

    You will find the Download icon at the bottom of the page; clicking it will create an excel file with the available details for each item in the sale.


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