Dallas County Public Works
Property DivisionAdministration Building . 411 Elm Street, 4th Floor . Dallas, Texas 75202
THESE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ARE PROVIDED FOR GENERAL INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY AND ARE SPECIFIC TO TAX FORECLOSURE RESALES CONDUCTED BY DALLAS COUNTY.
IT IS THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE READER TO ASCERTAIN ALL INFORMATION NECESSARY TO BE AN INFORMED PURCHASER.
HOW DOES DALLAS COUNTY DISPOSE OF TAX FORECLOSED PROPERTIES THAT HAVE BEEN STRUCK-OFF TO DALLAS COUNTY?
Properties that are struck-off to Dallas County, as Trustee, are posted on the Dallas County website at www.dallascounty.org, via the link "Real Estate For Sale” and offered for resale.
All properties will be sold in compliance with Dallas County "Tax Foreclosure Resale Policy" and Section 34.05 of Texas Property Tax Code, said Policy and the "Offer and Purchase Agreement" are available for viewing/downloading on said website.
DOES DALLAS COUNTY MAINTAIN A MAILING LIST OF INTERESTED BIDDERS?
If you are interested in receiving future bid notices, you can complete the vendor registration form on the Dallas County Purchasing Department website at www.dallascounty.org/department/purchasing/purchasing_index.php.
WHEN AND WHERE ARE DALLAS COUNTY'S TAX RESALES ADVERTISED?
"Tax Foreclosed Properties For Sale by Dallas County, Texas" may be viewed/downloaded on Dallas County's website, www.dallascounty.org, via the link "Real Estate For Sale”. Notices of sealed bids will be published in the Daily Commercial Record Newspaper on two consecutive Mondays beginning two weeks prior to the opening date.
IF I AM THE SUCCESSFUL PURCHASER WHAT TAXES WILL BE PAID FROM MY OFFER/BID AMOUNT?
The Texas Property Tax Code authorizes the priority in which the resale proceeds are to be disbursed. Depending on the amount of your bid/offer, in some circumstances only the judgment tax years are paid; in other circumstances both the judgment tax years and the post judgment tax years are paid.
WHAT ARE POST JUDGMENT TAXES?
Taxes, penalties and interest that accrue against a property for tax years that become due/delinquent after the entry of the judgment and up to the date the property is sold/struck off at the tax foreclosure sale (Sheriff’s Sale).
HOW CAN I ESTIMATE THE AMOUNT OF POST JUDGMENT TAXES, PENALTIES AND INTEREST DUE ON A PROPERTY?
Once the post judgment tax years have been determined, go to the Dallas County Tax Office webpage at www.dallascounty.org/applications/english/proptax_app/tax_intro.html to access property tax information on the property. The "Taxes Due Detail by Year and Jurisdiction" shows the amount of taxes due by year for those taxing entities for which the Dallas County Tax Assessor/Collector collects taxes. You may also contact the Dallas County Tax Office at 214-653-7811 and/or the other applicable taxing entity(ies) to ascertain the amount of post judgment taxes which may be due on a property. See the next question for further clarification.
DOES THE DALLAS COUNTY TAX ASSESSOR/COLLECTOR COLLECT TAXES FOR ALL TAXING ENTITIES LOCATED IN DALLAS COUNTY?
No. It is the purchaser's responsibility to determine who collects the taxes for the taxing entity and to contact those individual tax offices. For additional information regarding Dallas County taxes, you may view the information at www.dallascounty.org/department/tax/taxoffice_home.html or call 214-653-7811.
WILL I BE ABLE TO GET TITLE INSURANCE ON PROPERTY I PURCHASE AT A TAX RESALE?
Underwriting practices vary from one company to the next with regards to tax sale property. You may explore that matter with a title company or fee attorney office of your choice prior to any tax sale purchase.
ARE THERE ANY OUTSTANDING MORTGAGES, LIENS OR OTHER ENCUMBRANCES ON THESE RESALE PROPERTIES?
It is the sole responsibility of the purchaser to ascertain this information. It is suggested you do a thorough investigation, including your own title search and engage an attorney to examine all papers on file in the court in the underlying foreclosure suit to determine what, if any, additional encumbrances are against the property.
ARE THESE PROPERTIES PAST THEIR REDEMPTION PERIOD?
The conveyance is made subject to the previous owner’s right of redemption, if any, as provided in Sections 34.05 and 34.21 of the Texas Property Tax Code. You should seek legal counsel if you are unsure of the applicable redemption period.
HOW CAN I FIND OUT ABOUT ZONING, BUILDING RESTRICTIONS, CODE RESTRICTIONS, ETC. THAT WOULD RESTRICT BUILDING OR USE FOR A PROPERTY?
The uses that are allowed on a particular property are governed by the regulations for the zoning district in which the property is located and other general regulations particular to the city or town wherein property is located. In order to ascertain the zoning and or building restrictions of a property and how the use of a property is regulated, you would contact the city wherein he property is located. It is the sole responsibility of the purchaser to ascertain this information; therefore, it is suggested that the purchaser perform a thorough investigation to determine what, if any, restrictions, may affect the property.
WHAT TYPE OF CONVEYANCE DOCUMENT WILL DALLAS COUNTY EXECUTE TO THE SUCCESSFUL PURCHASER?
The successful purchaser on a property will be issued a Quitclaim Deed.
DOES DALLAS COUNTY OFFER A FINANCING PROGRAM?
IF I SUBMIT A BID OR OFFER TO PURCHASE PROPERTY AT A RESALE CONDUCTED BY DALLAS COUNTY AND LATER CHANGE MY MIND, MAY I CANCEL THE SALE AND RECEIVE A REFUND OF MY BID/PURCHASE DEPOSIT?
No, if the decision to cancel occurs after formal acceptance of the bid/offer by Dallas County (which occurs immediately upon the Dallas County Commissioners Court issuing an order accepting the bid/offer). Once a Quitclaim Deed is issued, the sale is considered final and not subject to rescission due to the purchaser's mistake or dissatisfaction regarding the property.
Yes, if the decision to withdraw your bid/offer is received before Dallas County’s acceptance and is in compliance with the terms of the applicable Purchaser Agreement.
WHAT HAPPENS IF A PROPERTY IS ADVERTISED FOR RESALE, BUT NO BIDS ARE RECEIVED?
If no bids are received on a property it remains in county's inventory and will be available for sale via private offers or it may be re-advertised for sale via a sealed bid procedure at a later date.