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Tax-Forfeited Landsales

At the current time there are no tax forfeited lands available for sale. Please check website for future information.

Frequently Asked Questions
about the Tax-Forfeited Landsale Auctions


(Updated September 11, 2007)

The Carlton County Land Department manages about 72,106 acres of tax-forfeited land in Carlton County. The statute regulating sales of tax-forfeited land is Minnesota Statute 282
and is available at www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us

1. How may I obtain a copy of the upcoming landsale list?

Upon approval by the Carlton County Board of Commissioners, the landsale list is available from the Carton County Auditor's Office and the Land Department. It is typically available by late April of each year. Approximately one month before the sale
the landsale list may be viewed on the county's website www.co.carlton.mn.us

2. When and where is your landsale advertised?

The landsale is advertised in the official county newspaper, which is determined in January of each year. The sale is published twice and the second publication is at least ten days before the sale. The sale list may also be viewed in the Carlton County Auditor's Office and the Land Department. Shortly after the County Board has approved the landsale list, it may be viewed on the county's website at www.co.carlton.mn.us

3. What is the date, time and location of your tax-forfeited
         landsale auction?

Carlton County has one tax-forfeited auction landsale in July or August of each year.  The sale is conducted in the first floor Boardroom of the Carlton County Courthouse in Carlton, Minnesota. The date, time and location of the next sale is available from the Carlton County Auditor's Office at 218.384.9127 or, shortly after the County Board has approved the landsale list, on the county's website at www.co.carlton.mn.us

4. Who conducts the landsale?

The Carlton County Auditor's Office conducts the landsale.

5. How and when do I register for your landsale?

No registration is required to bid on parcels at the auction.

6. How is the sale conducted?

The landsale is a public, oral auction, and the parcels are offered for sale in the order shown on the landsale list. The opening bid is the appraised, fair market value of the
parcel shown on the landsale list. No parcel will be sold for less than the appraised value.

7. What happens to the property which does not sell at
     the auction?

Property which does not sell at the landsale may be purchased at not less than the appraised value directly from the Auditor's Office until the time that the property is either sold or the County Board removes the landsale parcel from availability. You may contact the Auditor's Office or the Land Department regarding property which did not sell at the landsale. The Auditor's office is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.
to 4:00 p.m. by telephone (218.384.9127) or by mail (Carlton County Auditor, PO Box 130, Carlton, MN 55718). The Land Department is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. by telephone (218.384.9179) or by mail (Carlton County Land Department, 1630 County Road 61, Suite 132, Carlton, MN 55718).

8. May another person bid on behalf of the buyer at the
 
     landsale?

A person bidding on behalf of a buyer must have Power of Attorney documents with them at the landsale in order to bid and buy property that will be placed on a contract.  No Power of Attorney documents are required to purchase property on behalf of a buyer if the property will be paid in full at the time of the sale.

9. May a written bid be submitted before the sale to        
         purchase property at the landsale?

A written bid containing the description of the property, the amount of the bid, a personal check for the amount of the bid, and the name and address of the bidder, may be submitted to the Auditor before the sale. This bid will be held by the Auditor
and will be opened after the sale if the parcel was not sold during the landsale.

If the property is not sold at the landsale, the bidder will be notified by mail that the closing costs and buyer information must be received by the Auditor's Office within five days of the landsale or the "pending sale" status of the parcel will be removed and the bidder's bid check will be returned to the bidder.

10. What are the payment requirements at the landsale?

If the total final purchase price of a landsale parcel is $500 or less, the total purchase price and closing costs shall be paid in full by cash or by personal check at the end of the landsale. Closing costs include the preparation and recording of the State Deed, the State Deed Tax, the recording of the Well Certificate (if there is a well) and the Assurance charge of three percent on the total final purchase price.

If the total final purchase price of a landsale parcel is more than $500, the parcel may be purchased on a four-year Auditor's Certificate of Purchase of Tax-Forfeited Lands,
which is similar to a contract for deed. The following down payment and costs to purchase on a contract for deed must be paid at the end of the sale:

At least ten percent of the total final purchase price
   or $500 per landsale parcel, whichever is greater
All of the prorated timber appraised value
Prorated appraised building value up to $1,000.00
Cost for recording the Auditor's Certificate of
   Purchase
Cost for recording the Well Certificate (if there is a
   well)
Assurance charge of three percent on the total final
   purchase price
The balance of the total final purchase price is to
   be paid in four annual installments with interest
   computed at a variable rate on the unpaid balance.


11. What type of document is issued for the purchase of
       tax-forfeited property?

 

  

 

At the time of payment in full, a State Deed is issued by the Minnesota Department of Revenue.

12. Once property is acquired through the landsale, is there
       a redemption period before the buyer may take 
       possession?           


There is no redemption period once the property is purchased in full or the purchaser has made the initial payment on the contract.

13. When do real estate taxes become due on property
             purchased through a tax-forfeited landsale?

Real estate taxes will be due and payable in the year after the initial purchase. For example, if a parcel is purchased either by contract or payment in full at the 2007 landsale, taxes will be due and payable in 2008.

14. Is there an abstract for the property?

The county has no abstract for tax-forfeited property.

15. How long is property forfeited before it becomes
       eligible for a tax-forfeited landsale?

A tax-forfeited parcel, which is eligible to be placed on a landsale, usually is not offered for sale until at least one year after its forfeiture.

16. How may I obtain more information about tax-forfeited
         property in Carlton County?

The Auditor's Office or the Land Department may be contacted to determine whether or not a tax-forfeited parcel is eligible to be placed on a landsale. The Auditor's Office is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. by telephone (218.384.9127) or by mail (Carlton County Auditor/Treasurer, PO Box 130, Carlton, MN 55718). The Land Department is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. by telephone
(218.384.9179) or by mail (Carlton County Land Department, 1630 County Road 61, Suite 132, Carlton, MN 55718).

17. How do I request that a tax-forfeited parcel be placed
 
       on a landsale?

Contact the Auditor's Office with your tax-forfeited parcel information. The office is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. by telephone (218.384.9127) or
by mail (Carlton County Auditor, PO Box 130, Carlton, MN 55718).

18. May tax-forfeited property be purchased through a 
       State Assignment Certificate or a Tax Lien Certificate or
       a Tax Deed?

No. Those means of acquiring tax-forfeited property no longer exist.
 

Terms of Sale


IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED that all the above and within described nonconservation lands may be sold on terms as follows:

All final bids will be prorated among land, timber, building, and (road easement) appraised values.

If the total final purchase price is $500.00 or less per landsale parcel, the total purchase price shall be paid in full at the time of purchase. For all landsale parcels paid in full at the time of purchase, the following closing costs must be paid in full in addition to the total final purchase cost:

  • The cost for preparing and recording the State Deed

  • State Deed Tax

  • If a Well Certificate is required, the recording fee for the Certificate

  • Assurance charge of three (3) percent on the total final purchase price

If the total final purchase price is more than $500 per landsale parcel, the parcel may be purchased on a contract for deed. The following down payment and closing costs must be paid in full at the time of purchase:

  • At least ten (10) percent of the total final purchase price or $500.00 per landsale parcel, whichever is greater

  • All of the prorated timber appraised value

  • All of the prorated building appraised value

  • The balance of the total final purchase price is to be paid in four (4) annual installments with interest computed at a variable rate on the unpaid balance

  • The cost for recording the Contract for Deed

  • If a Well Certificate is required, the recording fee for the Certificate

  • Assurance charge of three (3) percent on the total final purchase price

All mineral rights are reserved to the State.

The appraised value does not represent a basis for future taxes.

For land located in all cities and in Thomson Township, contact the city or township for details of building codes or zoning laws; for land located in all other townships, contact the Carlton County Zoning Office. ALL PROPERTY IS SOLD "AS IS" AND MAY NOT CONFORM TO LOCAL BUILDING AND ZONING ORDINANCES. THE COUNTY MAKES NO WARRANTY THAT THE LAND IS "BUILDABLE" OR THAT ACCESS IS AVAILABLE.

All sales are final and no refunds or exchanges are permitted.

Carlton County is not responsible for location or determination of property lines or boundaries.

Some parcels offered for sale may not be eligible for enrollment in a State of Minnesota funded program providing compensation for conservation for marginal land or wetlands.

All lands sold are sold subject to Zoning Ordinances adopted by the County Board, and all lands are sold subject to railroad, highway, power and pipeline easements.

Buyers are advised that property purchased at a tax-forfeited landsale may not be free and clear of mortgage-like liens and encumbrances.

The County reserves the right to withdraw any parcel listed for sale.




 

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