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All sales are conducted by the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office on the front steps of the Catawba County Justice Center (due to construction, sale will be conducted on the Sheriff’s office side of the Justice Center) at 100-B Southwest Boulevard, Newton, North Carolina. Sales start at 10:00 a.m., unless otherwise noted. The highest bidder at the public sale is required to pay IN FULL (not make a deposit) the amount of the successful bid at the conclusion of the sale. The successful bid amount shall be paid in the form of a certified bank check only payable to the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s office may, in its discretion, determine and allow a reasonable time within which to deliver the successful bid amount, but under no circumstances will the time be extended to the day following the sale.
State law provides that any owner, mortgage holder or defendant in a filed tax foreclosure proceeding can stop the foreclosure process at any time by redeeming the property. The redemption price is equal to the taxes, interest fees and costs of the foreclosure proceeding to the date of the redemption. If payment is made after the tax sale, but prior to the confirmation of the sale, that is, within ten days of the sale or any resale, the judgment will be satisfied and the proceedings halted.
Bids are left open for upset bids ten days after sale date. If you are the highest bidder at the public auction and an upset bid is received within ten days, you will be notified by the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office that an upset bid has been received. You will then have the option to place a higher bid. Any upset bids must be made in person at the Catawba County Clerk of Superior Court.
After the time for submitting an upset bid has expired, G.S. 1-339.67 provides for an order of confirmation to be entered. No sale may be consummated until confirmed by the Clerk of Superior Court. The final bidder will be contacted and arrangements will be made for full payment, which will be due in the form of a certified bank check and the Sheriff will execute the Non-Warranty Sheriff’s Deed. The buyer is responsible for recording the deed as well as the recording fees at the Catawba County Register of Deeds to change ownership. The buyer is also responsible for the current year taxes. Properties sold may be subject to IRS or State tax liens, other taxes or special assessments not included in the judgment.
Upset Bid Process
Pursuant to G.S. 1-339.64, real property sales must remain open for a period of ten days after the filing of the report of sale to allow for the filing of an upset bid. The upset bid must exceed the reported sale price by 5%, but not less than a minimum increase amount of $750.00. The upset bid must be delivered to the Catawba County Clerk of Superior Court in the form of a certified bank check payable to the Catawba County Clerk of Superior Court, and must be filed with the Catawba County Clerk of Superior Court before the close of normal business hours on or before the tenth day after the filing of the report of sale. When the tenth day falls on a Saturday, Sunday, legal holiday, or other day where the office of the Clerk is not open for regular business, the deposit may be made on the first day afterward that the office is open for regular business. Questions concerning placing an upset bid should be directed to the Catawba County Clerk of Superior Court, Civil Records Division at (828) 695-6100. Please inform them that you are calling regarding a tax foreclosure.