How can I determine what use I can make of a tax sale property before I purchase it?

No expressed or implied warranty is given with respect to the parcels, and they are sold on an "as is" basis. Bidders are responsible for knowing what they are purchasing. Consult the zoning department of any city within which a property lies or the zoning section of the county Permit and Resource Management Department for parcels located in the unincorporated areas (i.e. not lying within a city boundary) regarding use of the parcel. Examine the county records for any recorded easements on a property. You can also order a title search report from a local title insurance company. For more information, contact us at   707-253-4314.

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1. How can I register as a bidder?
2. How does the bidding process work?
3. How can a successful bidder pay for a property at the tax sale?
4. Can I obtain title to a property on the tax sale list by paying the delinquent taxes prior to the tax sale date? Does the county sell tax lien certificates?
5. How do I find a property I'd like to bid on at the tax sale?
6. When does the right to redeem (pay the taxes) a tax-defaulted property subject to the power to sell cease?
7. How can I determine what use I can make of a tax sale property before I purchase it?
8. How soon can I take possession of a property after purchase at the tax sale?
9. Do liens or encumbrances on a tax-defaulted property transfer to the new owner after purchase of the property at a tax sale?
10. How is the minimum price on a property offered at a tax sale determined?
11. Is a tax sale publicly advertised?
12. What are the foreclosure and eviction processes and will the county handle these processes for a fee?
13. Is property purchased in a tax sale eligible for title insurance?
14. Under what circumstances can the former owner challenge the validity of the auction?
15. What happens if I am the successful bidder but decide that I don't want the property after all?