The name of the person or organization that purchased the property must appear on the deed. They can, however, include another person’s name (i.e. spouse, friend, etc.). You will need to indicate if you want the property in joint tenancy or tenants in common. We require social security numbers for all owners of parcels purchased.
Can I purchase land for someone else?
Yes, if you are a legal representative for the individual or organization. A legal representative would be an attorney or someone who has Power of Attorney authorization for the individual.
Who IS NOT ELIGIBLE to bid & purchase tax-forfeited land?
The following individuals (either personally or as an agent or attorney for any other person):
County Taxpayer Services Manager serving as County Auditor/Treasurer, District Court Administrators, County Assessors or supervisors of assessments, land commissioners or assistant land commissioners for tax-forfeited lands, any deputies or employees of any of the above individuals. (MS 282.016) These individuals are further prohibited from having another person directly or indirectly purchase tax-forfeited land on their behalf for their benefit or gain. Relatives of these prohibited purchasers may purchase land at a tax-forfeited land sale unless the relative is buying the property for the prohibited person.
Does the purchase price affect the taxable market value of the tax forfeited property?
No. Any further questions on the taxable market value of the property should be directed to the Carver County Assessor’s office at 952-361-1960.
Do I have to pay the delinquent taxes of the property I purchase at the Tax Forfeited Land Sale?
No. The delinquent taxes have been abated. The amount you will need to pay for your property is the purchase price, a 3% assurance fee, $25.00 for the issuance of the State Deed, deed tax (which is calculated on the purchase price), $5.00 Ag Conservation fee, $46.00 filing fee, and a $50.00 well certificate (if applicable). If you are the FORMER OWNER, however, you MUST PAY the purchase price or the amount of the delinquency, whichever is greater, pursuant to M.S. Section 282.01, subd 7.
Can I build on the property?
Carver County makes no warranty that the land is buildable. The property may not conform to local building and zoning ordinances. You will need to check with the city zoning office (if in city limits of a city) or Carver County Land Management (if the property is in a township) at 952-361-1820 for this information.
Can I get a refund on my purchase?
No. All sales are final and no refunds or exchanges are permitted.
Am I guaranteed clear title to my property?
No. Tax forfeiture will create a break in the chain of title, and services of an attorney may be necessary to make the title marketable. All sales are subject to existing leases and building restrictions appearing of record at the time of forfeiture and to easements obtained by any governmental subdivision or agency for public use. All property is sold "AS IS."
Will I receive a Property Tax Statement?
Yes, once the title is in your name. The following year property tax statement will be mailed to you in March and the Proposed Tax Notice (aka Truth in Taxation Notice) in November.
Can the special assessment on the property be reapplied?
Yes. If a parcel had cancelled special assessments, as indicated by an asterisk (*) on the Notice of Public Sale, they can be re-applied to the parcel. The municipality may reassess any remaining balance. Any agreement on this balance is between you and the taxing authority that certified the special assessment. Please contact Carver County Taxpayer Services Department at 952-361-1910 if you have further questions.
When will I receive my State Deed?
In approximately 90 days after the paperwork is completed and it has been filed with the Carver County Recorder’s Office. We record the State Deed for you.
If I purchase more than one parcel of land, do I have to fill out a separate State Deed information form for each parcel?
No...If the State Deeds are to have the same ownership.
Yes...If the ownership for each parcel is to be different.
Do I have to write a separate check for each parcel purchased?
No. You may write one check for the total of your purchases. Debit & credit cards are NOT accepted.