Date & Time of Sale: First Tuesday of every month at 10 a.m. (unless holiday, then following business day). Please monitor the Galveston County Sheriff’s Department website for up-to-date information.
Location: Commissioners Court Room (1st floor), Galveston County Courthouse, 722 Moody, Galveston
PLEASE BE ADVISED:
Galveston County Commissioners Court has approved a resolution authorizing the Galveston County Sheriff to conduct tax sales and resales via an online platform through RealAuction. For more information regarding online sales, please visit www.realauction.com. Once online tax sales and resales begin (likely beginning August 4, 2020), the Galveston County Sheriff will no longer conduct live tax sales and resales. More information will be forthcoming once the date of the first online sale is confirmed. PLEASE NOTE: The online sales will NOT include execution sales, which will continue to be conducted as live auctions by the Galveston County Sheriff or constables in accordance with Texas law.
Sheriff Sale properties are advertised 21 days prior to the sale in the Galveston County Daily News and are posted on bulletin boards at County offices. The official posting for Sheriff Sales appears on the Galveston County Sheriff’s
Department website: http://sheriff.galvestoncountytx.gov. More detailed information is available at www.taxsales.lgbs.com and www.pbfcm.com/taxsale.html. Additionally, the County's delinquent law firm, Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP (LGBS) has an Interested Buyer (IB) Notification Program as described below.
Sheriff Sales are open to the public. Those wishing to participate in the bidding process must register or check in immediately prior to the sale to obtain a bidder number. Once the sale begins, bidder registration is closed. Absentee bidding is NOT permitted. Successful bidders must remit full payment on sale day no later than 4:00 pm in the form of cashier’s check or money order (payable to Galveston County Sheriff’s Office). Financing is NOT available. Properties not sold at auction are struck off to one of the taxing entities (see Resale of Struck Off Properties below).
Successful bidders must apply for a Certificate of Eligibility by submitting a completed application along with a $10.00 processing fee at any GCTO office. Certificates will be mailed upon completion of the research. The Certificate of
Eligibility and a $30.00 money order or cashier’s check (payable to the Galveston County Clerk) must be submitted to the Sheriff’s Department in order for the sheriff’s deed to be recorded. Buyers will receive the original recorded deed once it is filed in the County Clerk’s office. Additional information may be obtained by contacting Captain Pete SiFuentes, Galveston County Sheriff’s Department, at (409) 766-2401.
Redemption Periods & Fees
In accordance with the Texas Property Tax Code, properties sold at Sheriff Sale are subject to statutory redemption periods. The redemption period begins on the date the original Sheriff’s deed is recorded. Homestead and agricultural exempt properties may be redeemed up to two (2) years from the date of deed being recorded. All other properties may be redeemed within 180 days of deed recording. Redemption fees due to the Sheriff Sale purchaser are as follow:
Homestead or Ag: First Year: Price of Sale + 25% All Others: Six Months: Price of Sale + 25%
Second Year: Price of Sale + 50%
Please note: Texas Property Tax Code §34.21 sets forth the specific requirements for redemption. In addition to the purchase price at Sheriff Sale, the redemption amount may be subject to other costs and expenses set forth in Tax Code §34.21. All parties participating in the sheriff’s tax sales should review this law for the rights, duties and procedures
associated with the right of redemption.
Resale of Struck Off Properties
Properties not sold at the auction are ‘struck off’ to the taxing entities participating in the sale. Properties struck off to Galveston County, City of Texas City or the City of Galveston will re-auctioned in future Sheriff Sales. Information
regarding struck off properties is available through the firm’s interactive public website: www.taxsales.lgbs.com or by contacting: Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP www.lgbs.com 409-948-3401.
For information on properties struck off to Clear Creek, Dickinson or Santa Fe Independent School Districts, please contact Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott, LLP www.pbfcm.com 800-833-5886.
Other Legal Matters to Consider When Purchasing Property at Tax Sales
All properties—whether sold at the Sheriff Sale or Resale are sold “as is” with regard to title, physical condition and use. Properties may be subject to use restrictions pursuant to local codes and ordinances. Before purchasing at Sheriff Sale, interested buyers should consult the local governmental entities in which the property is located to understand these restrictions, if any. There is no title insurance offered or available at Sheriff Sale. If you have questions, consult your attorney.
Bidders or buyers of Sheriff Sale or Resale property are strongly encouraged to do their own title research before bidding or purchasing property at delinquent tax sales. Property taxes may be due outside of the years included in the Sheriff Sale. Be certain to do your homework before bidding at Sheriff Sale!
Execution Sales: The monthly sales conducted by the Sheriff’s Department often include ‘execution’ sales. Please know that execution sales are not the same as tax sales. The laws governing execution sales are completely different from the laws governing tax sales. Buyers should seek the advice of an attorney to understand the legal aspects of execution sales.
Interested Buyer Notification Program
Those interested in tracking or purchasing tax sale properties may now register by county of interest and/or properties of interest on the LGBS tax sale website at www.taxsales.lgbs.com. Once validated as an IB you will receive email notices when sale listings are posted or if the status of particular properties changes (set for sale, removed from sale, struck off, etc.). For additional information, see pages at the end of the Sheriff Sale Packet below. This feature is an effective method of staying up-to-date on properties and you are able to sign up to receive sale information monthly via email.
Mortgage foreclosure information is available on the County Clerk's website by owner name. If the owner name is not known, information can be obtained in person at the County Clerk's Office. Copies are $1/page. Galveston County, the Sheriff’s Department and the Galveston County Tax Office are NOT involved in these sales.