Orange County, Texas
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Property Tax Sales
Virtually all homeowners are responsible for paying property taxes to their local taxing authorities or counties. Generally, property taxes are assessed based on the value of the property. If a homeowner fails to pay his property taxes, a lawsuit may be filed on behalf of the county against the homeowner in the amount of the delinquent property taxes, plus penalties and miscellaneous fees. The homeowner can respond to the lawsuit by paying the amount requested. If the homeowner does not pay the delinquent taxes, the county can sell the property at a property tax sale. The sale proceeds in an auction format, with the starting bid set at what the homeowner ownes plus any additional fees that accrue. The highest bidder will earn the deed to the property. Texas tax sale law is governed primarily by the Texas Property Tax Code, Sec. 34.
The law firm Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, L. L. P. handles all delinquent property tax accounts for Orange County. Delinquent real property accounts are turned over to them on July 1st of the tax year and delinquent personal property accounts are turned over on April 1st of the tax year.
Delinquent tax sales are the last alternative to enforce collections. While selling someone's property is not desirable, it sometimes is necessary if collections are to be fairly and effectively enforced.
DISCLAIMER REGARDING PHOTOGRAPHS, POSTED SIGNS, AND/OR ADDRESSES OF PROPERTIES OFFERED FOR SALE:
The photograph(s), addresses of properties, and "For Sale" signs posted on the properties scheduled for tax foreclosure sale are provided solely for the convenience of prospective bidders in deciding which property(s) the bidder may want to further research prior to actual purchase. Care has been taken to ensure that the addresses given and photographs displayed herein accurately identify and depict the actual property being sold. However, bidders are encouraged to perform their own due diligence prior to bidding on any property by verifying for themselves the actual condition of the property and that the photograph(s) shown and/or address(s) listed of property on which they intend to bid is, in fact, that property being sold at foreclosure sale. There is no warranty, guarantee, promise, or other representation made by the taxing units or by their officials and employees, or by the firm of Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP, with respect to the condition of the property or the accuracy of the photographic depiction, posted signs, or address given of any property offered for sale. It is the legal description of the property appearing in the underlying foreclosure judgment and order of sale which controls the identification of what property is being sold.