Delinquent Tax Sales


 

Disclaimer:
 The information contained on our website is designed to provide a general overview and should not be construed to be legal advice. If you are unclear about any of these processes or if you require more detailed information, please consult with an attorney who can advise you properly based on your personal circumstances. Employees of the Tax Commissioner's Office are strictly prohibited from providing legal advice, guidance, suggestions or recommendations.

The Glynn County Tax Commissioner's Office does not sell its Tax Liens or Tax Lien Certificates. If a property does not sell at a tax sale, the property goes back into a rotation for future tax sale. If you are interested in purchasing a property at tax sale, we strongly advise that you seek competent legal advice before participating in the sale. 
If your property is under a tax lien and/or levied for tax sale and you have questions about this process, please consult with an attorney. 








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General Information

A tax lien attaches to the property at its valuation (January 1st; O.C.G.A. 48-2-56). A tax lien against real property is superior to all other liens. The lien is released by paying the tax charged against it. On December 31st (O.C.G.A. 48-3-3) of each year the Tax Commissioner must issue an execution (Fi Fa.) against all delinquent taxpayers. Executions direct the levying officer to levy on the property. It is the duty of that person to enforce an execution by either collection or levy and sale.

Tax sales are held at the discretion of the Tax Commissioner. We reserve the right to add or cancel tax sales according to business needs. Sales are scheduled on the first Tuesday of any given month and held in an online auction. Notice of the sale is published once a week for four weeks immediately preceding the sale in the legal organ (newspaper) for the county, which is presently The Brunswick News. You can also follow us on Facebook or sign up for notifications here to be

Tax sale bidding commences with the total of taxes and costs (levy, recording, advertising and commissions) on each parcel, with the property being sold to the highest bidder. If there are no bidders, the County may enter a bid on the property equal to the starting bid.

While the successful bidder receives a tax deed, he has no immediate control over the property. The taxpayer or any other person having a right, title, interest in, or lien upon the property may redeem it at any time within twelve (12) months from the date of the sale by paying the redemption price. The purchaser is not entitled to rents and/or profits arising from the property during the redemption period.

The redemption price is the amount paid for the tax deed at the tax sale plus any taxes subsequently paid by the tax deed purchaser plus 20% of that amount for the first year or fraction of a year elapsing between the date of the sale and the date of redemption. After the first year following the conclusion of the tax sale, the tax deed purchaser is entitled to an additional 10% for each subsequent year or fraction of a year until redemption.

Twelve months after the date of the sale the purchaser may begin to forever "bar" or "foreclose" the right of redemption by having proper notice served upon the taxpayer, occupant (if any) and upon all persons having recorded any right, title, interest in, or lien on the property in the county where the property is located in accordance with O.C.G.A. 48-4-45 through 48-4-48. Additional fees may be charged for sheriff's service and advertising 20 days after service of notice. Thus a minimum time of one year and forty-five days elapses between acquisition of a tax deed and the right to physical control of the property.

Even though the purchaser receives defeasible title before the redemption period expires, he or she acquires sufficient interest in the property to make a return on the property after January 1st the following year (if still unredeemed) and also to be liable for taxes due on the property the year in which it is sold and subsequent years until redeemed. Current and prior year tax information is available through the Glynn County Tax Commissioner website.

A Georgia Supreme Court Decision, [Blizzard v. Moniz, 271 Ga. 50, 518 S.E.2d 407 (1999)] has rendered "ripening by prescription" (O.C.G.A. 48-4-48) inapplicable to tax sale purchases in most cases. The Court determined that actual possession of the property is necessary for a tax deed to convey fee simple title to the property absent the process of barring or foreclosing the right of redemption.

It is important to remember that the worth of a tax title is subject to many factors and that all tax sales are administered under the doctrine of caveat emptor ["Let the buyer beware (or take care)"]; to ensure your rights you should consult a knowledgeable real estate attorney.

Download a copy of our Delinquent Tax Sale Brochure here.



  FAQs


What is a Fi Fa?
A Writ of Fiera Facias (or Writ of Fi Fa) is a document issued by the Clerk of Magistrate Court for the purpose of recording a lien on the judgement debtor's property. It is also a legal instrument by which the sheriff of a county may seize the assists of a judgement debtor.
 
What if I cannot pay in full by the due date? 
The Tax Commissioner’s Office accepts partial payments, and taxpayers are welcome to make as many payments as needed to pay off the balance. However, penalties and interest continue to accrue on the outstanding balance. Accounts with an outstanding balance after the original due date are subject to a lien. Therefore, the Tax Commissioner’s Office encourages full payment of any outstanding balances as soon as possible.
 
What is a lien? What are the consequences of a lien?
When an account becomes delinquent, the Tax Commissioner may issue a tax lien against the property. A tax lien, also known as a Fi Fa from the Latin term Fieri Facias, may also be referred to as a tax execution. A tax lien is a claim or encumbrance placed on a property that authorizes the Tax Commissioner or the Sheriff to take whatever action is necessary and allowed by law to obtain overdue taxes. It is also the first step in taking the property to tax sale.
 
Though the Tax Commissioner’s Office does not report information to credit agencies, a tax lien may appear on your credit reports and adversely affect your credit rating. The Tax Commissioner encourages full payment of taxes by the due date.
 
How can the tax lien be canceled?
Payment of outstanding taxes along with applicable fees, penalties, and interest will serve in having the tax lien marked as satisfied.
 
What forms of payment are accepted?
Once scheduled for a tax sale, only the following forms of payment are accepted: Cash, bank issued cashier’s check, or bank wire transfer, money order. All payments are to be made payable to Glynn County Tax Commissioner.

Personal checks, business checks, 3rd party checks, and debit/credit cards will not be accepted if the property has been scheduled for tax sale.
 
When is the next tax sale?
If a tax sale is scheduled, an auction of the property taxes is conducted online through GovEase.com, the first Tuesday of the month. Sign up for notification here. You can also find notice of tax sales on our Facebook page, and posted in The Brunswick News. 
 
Do I have to register to participate in a tax sale?
Yes, bidders must register in advance prior to the sale . Click Here for more information about bidding. 
 
Will purchasing the deed make me the rightful owner?
Purchasers of property at a tax sale do not automatically own the property.
 
When can I possess the property?
Purchasers cannot possess the property until they have completed the process of Foreclosing the Right of Redemption.
 
Are there any other taxes due on this property?
 If the property is located within the city, there may be city taxes that are due on this property.
 
How long do I have to pay if I am the winning Bidder?
The full bid amount must be paid by 4 PM (EST) on the day of sale.
 
When can a purchaser begin the barment process after the sale?
The auction sale will convey Glynn County’s interest in the tax deed granted to the County in accordance with O.C.G.A. § 48-4-20. Under O.C.G.A. § 48-4-20(c) and O.C.G.A. § 48-4-45. The 12-month redemption period for a County deed began to run from the date of the tax sale at which the County acquired its tax deed. To foreclose the right to redeem a County deed sold at the auction, the purchaser must follow the requirements of O.C.G.A. §§ 48-4-45 and 48-4-46, along with any other applicable statutes.

NOTE: Regarding a County owned Tax Deed Sale, possibly immediately after the receipt of a Quit Claim Deed, contact the Office of Tax Commissioner to get confirmation in writing.




Registration and Bidding


Tax Sale Announcements
Four weeks before any type of tax sale, notice will be posted on our website, in The Brunswick News, and also on our Facebook page. You can sign up for email notifications for tax sales here. It's just that easy!
 
Online Sales
Tax Sales are hosted by GovEase. Registration is free and easy. With your account, you can view and participate in sales all across the country! 
 
Sign up with GovEase to participate in a tax sale.  Documentation is required to register, and bidders must be approved before the sale in order to participate. For more information on registering for an online tax sale, click here. For more information on how to use the GovEase website, click here
 
Need more information?
The Office of Tax Commissioner has put together a 3-part series of videos designed to walk you through the process. 
 
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 List of Parcels in Consideration for the Next Tax Sale

                    
JUNE 4, 2024 - DELINQUENT TAX SALE PROPERTIES
as of 04/11/2024
PARCEL ADDRESS
0100461 415 ALBANY ST 
0100892 613 ALBANY ST 
0102113 1725 ALBANY ST 
0104036 2521 ALBANY ST 
0104035 2523 ALBANY ST 
0104024 2609 ALBANY ST 
0104833 2718 ALTAMA AV 31520
0103680 2212 AMHERST ST
0102334 1713 AMHERST ST 
0102337 1723 AMHERST ST 
0103677 2218 AMHERST ST 
0103550 2229 AMHERST ST 
0103344 2307 AMHERST ST 
0101256 1009 BARTOW ST 
0101248 1015 BARTOW ST 
0103793 2227 BARTOW ST 
0100984 1025 BAY ST 
0100986 1029 BAY ST 
0105601 3106 BRAILSFORD AV
0100097 2827 COLLEGE PARK DR 
0107315 4242 CORAL PARK DR 
0105279 208 CRANDALL ST 
0104162 2411 ELLIS ST
0103470 2228 ELLIS ST 
0104163 2415 ELLIS ST 
0103990 2615 ELLIS ST 
0100667 211 FIRST AV  
0102008 410 G ST 
0102305 1409 GLOUCESTER ST 
0102476 1603 GOODYEAR AV 
0100773 812 GORDON ST 
0101362 905 GORDON ST 
0101371 907 GORDON ST 
0101369 925 GORDON ST 
0101209 1001 GORDON ST 
0101213 1013 GORDON ST 
0101215 1019 GORDON ST 
0101224 1020 GORDON ST 
0102430 1712 GORDON ST 
0102429 1722 GORDON ST 
0103898 2120 GORDON ST 
0100642 721 GRANT ST 
0100959 1117 GRANT ST 
0100226 211 GREER DR 
0102114 1210 H ST 
0105976 3513 HARDEE AV 
0103018 1100 I ST 
0101329 912 JOHNSTON ST 
0103182 1801 JOHNSTON ST 
0106170 3305 KEMBLE AV 
0101775 1402 LEE ST 
0101791 1413 LEE ST 
0102540 1604 LEE ST 
0102412 1725 LEE ST 
0103081 2023 LEE ST 
0101066 1201 LONDON ST 
0101456 1310 LONDON ST 
0101386 1610 LONDON ST 
0100015 4830 MALABAR DR  
0101957 1409 MANSFIELD ST 
0101391 920 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR BLVD
0101438 913 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR BLVD 
0101441 929 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR BLVD 
0101423 1021 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR BLVD 
0101164 1022 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR BLVD 
0101805 1402 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR BLVD 
0101714 1413 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR BLVD 
0103225 1806 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR BLVD 
0103847 2212 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR BLVD 
0101587 1329 NEWCASTLE ST
0104617 2828 NEWCASTLE ST
0100322 423 NEWCASTLE ST 
0100529 812 NEWCASTLE ST 
0107024 1624 NEWCASTLE ST 
0107025 1626 NEWCASTLE ST 
0102172 1700 NEWCASTLE ST 
0104622 2814 NEWCASTLE ST 
0104621 2818 NEWCASTLE ST 
0103577 2112 NORWICH ST 
0104191 2412 NORWICH ST 
0104689 2814 NORWICH ST 
0104690 2830 NORWICH ST 
0102245 1610 NORWICH STREET LN 
0102247 1612 NORWICH STREET LN 
0103504 2216 NORWICH STREET LN 
0104074 903 O ST 
0100645 710 OGLETHORPE ST 
0104011 1109 P ST 
0100062 2806 PALAMOR DR  
0106302 2206 PEACHTREE ST 
0105515 3000 PENINSULA AV 
0105739 2001 PINE ST 
0105749 2009 PINE ST 
0106461 2230 PINEWOOD DR 
0104793 1801 R ST 
0103437 2305 REYNOLDS ST 
0104121 2511 REYNOLDS ST 
0104640 2826 REYNOLDS ST 
0104603 2903 REYNOLDS ST 
0104604 2911 REYNOLDS ST 
0104607 2927 REYNOLDS ST 
0105948 3409 REYNOLDS ST 
0105349 5001 RIVERSIDE DR 
0104677 802 S ST 
0106625 105 SAPELO ISLAND DR 
0105692 1809 SECOND ST 
0101373 916 STONEWALL ST 
0101183 1014 STONEWALL ST 
0101153 1104 STONEWALL ST 
0104584 402 T ST 
0104609 502 T ST 
0106097 1709 THIRD ST 
0103124 1903 TILLMAN AV 
0101107 916 UNION ST 
0103429 2329 UNION ST 
0104158 2402 UNION ST 
0100144   VACANT LOT (28 ACRES) 
0100058   VACANT LOT (College Park)
0107529 210 W CATWALK DR 
0107524 217 W CATWALK DR 
0107525 218 W CATWALK DR 
0100471 410 WOLFE ST 
0100742 611 WOLFE ST 
0102278 1614 WOLFE ST 
0102279 1616 WOLFE ST 
0102265 1620 WOLFE ST 
0102836 1908 WOLFE ST 
0102835 1910 WOLFE ST 
0103507 2225 WOLFE ST 





Upcoming Auctions
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June Schedule
June 4, 2024

Registration Starts:
To Be Determined

Properties Posted
Download a list of parcels
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Pre-Bidding
Monday, June 3, 2024 - 10:00 AM

Delinquent Tax Sale Starts
Tuesday, June 4, 2024 - 10:00 AM


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Excess Funds Request


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Please note that you are not required to pay, or be represented by, any third party in order to claim excess funds.


The Glynn County Tax Commissioner periodically conducts tax sales to collect unpaid property taxes. At times, there are excess funds after paying taxes, costs, and all expenses of the tax sale. Glynn County holds these excess funds on behalf of the Tax Commissioner until the funds are distributed as required by law per O.C.G.A. § 48-4-5 (2021). 


Excess Funds Packet: Click Here to download for more information on excess funds, and how to submit your claim. 

Excess Funds List:  Click here to download list. This list is maintained by the Glynn County Finance Department.

For more information, contact the Glynn County Finance Department.


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