Tax Lien Certificates and Tax Deed Sales in Colorado CO

There are 64 Counties in Colorado. It became the 38th state on August 1, 1876. The motto is "Nothing without Providence".

Currently, the maximum interest rate being offered on all Colorado tax lien certificates is +9% above the federal discount rate, with a three year right of redemption, making Colorado tax lien certificates a popular investment destination.

Summary: The sale of Colorado tax lien certificates on lands upon which taxes remain delinquent shall commence on or before the second Monday in December of each year and shall be held at the treasurer's office in each county or at any other location in the county deemed suitable by the treasurer; (Sec. 39-11-109). Setting a minimum total of taxes, delinquent interest, and costs below which competitive bids will not be accepted.(Sec. 39-11-115). Interest is paid only on the minimum bid and on subsequent taxes paid by the purchaser. It is important to note that you will not collect interest on any amounts in excess of the delinquent taxes (Sec. 39-12-103). Any Bid in excess be credited to the county general fund.

If there is no bid for any Colorado tax lien certificates which may be offered, the offering of such Colorado tax lien certificate shall remain open until all the Colorado tax lien certificates are offered for sale and the sale is ended or until the treasurer is satisfied that no more sales can be effected, whereupon it is his duty to strike off to the county, city, town, or city and county the tax liens on those lands and town lots remaining unsold, for the amount of such taxes, delinquent interest, and costs thereon. (Sec. 39-11-108).

Law: Colorado Revised Statutes, Title 39, Article 11 (Sales of Tax Liens) and Article 12 (Redemption).

Tax Sale List: Use Colorado Tax Sale Lists to search for Colorado tax lien certificates to buy or bid on. Generally most Colorado tax sale lists will identify the property owner, parcel number, legal description and the amount due. In some cases, the tax sale list may include the tax collectors assessed value of the property.

Contact: The County Treasurer (Sec. 39-11-101).

Interest Rate: The annual rate of redemption interest shall be nine percentage points above the discount rate, which discount rate shall be the rate of interest a commercial bank pays to the federal reserve bank of Kansas City using a government bond or other eligible paper as security, and shall be rounded to the nearest full percent. On September 1 of each year, the annual rate of redemption interest shall be established in the same manner, to become effective on October 1 of the same year. (Sec. 39-12-103).

Auction Type: Tax Lien Certificates (Sec. 39-11-117). The sale of tax liens on lands upon which taxes remain delinquent shall commence on or before the second Monday in December of each year and shall be held at the treasurer's office in each county or at any other location in the county deemed suitable by the treasurer; except that all of the property offered for sale on the same day shall be offered for sale at the same location (Sec. 39-11-109).

Bidding Procedure: the taxes levied for the preceding year or years on any lands remain unpaid, the tax liens on such lands offered at public sale at the times provided by law shall be sold to the persons who pay therefore the taxes, delinquent interest, and costs then due thereon or who further pay the largest amount, in cash, in excess of said taxes, delinquent interest, and costs. Treasurer can at his/her discretion set the bidding rules (Sec. 39-11-115).

Costs: For each certificate of purchase delivered, four dollars (Sec. 39-11-117), $5 for payment of subsequent taxes (Sec. 39-11-119), and $75 fee for deed application ($35 if not advertised) (Sec. 39-11-120).

Redemption: Real property for which a Colorado tax lien certificates was sold under the provisions of article 11 of this title as a result of delinquent taxes may be redeemed by the owner thereof or his agent, assignee, or attorney, or by any person having a legal or equitable claim therein, or by a holder of a tax sale certificate; except that such holder may redeem such real property from any sale of a Colorado tax lien certificates thereof made subsequent to the time of the issuance of the tax sale certificate upon which he is relying, and the amount paid for the redemption of the subsequent certificate of purchase shall be endorsed as subsequent taxes paid on the certificate upon which he is relying.(Sec. 39-12-103). The purchaser may apply for a deed once three years have passed from the date of the sale (Sec. 39-11-120).

Deed Assigned at Foreclosure to: At any time after the expiration of the term of three years from the date of the sale of any Colorado tax lien certificate on any land, or interest therein or improvements thereon, for delinquent taxes, on demand of the purchaser or lawful holder of the certificate of such tax lien, other than the county wherein such property is situated, and on presentation of such certificate of purchase or properly authenticated order of the board of county commissioners, where the certificate has been lost or wrongfully withheld from the owner, and upon proof of compliance with section 39-11-128 the treasurer shall make out a deed for each such lot, parcel, interest, or improvement for which a tax lien was sold and which remains unredeemed and deliver the same to such purchaser or lawful holder of such certificate or order. (Sec. 39-11-120, Sec. 39-11-128, and Sec. 39-11-129).




County:  Auction Type:  Bidding Type:  Population: 
Adams  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 363,857
Alamosa  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 14,966
Arapahoe  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 487,967
Archuleta  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 9,898
Baca  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 4,517
Bent  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 5,998
Boulder  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 291,288
Chaffee  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 16,242
Cheyenne  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 2,231
Clear Creek  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 9,322
Conejos  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 8,400
Costilla  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 3,663
Crowley  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 5,518
Custer  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 3,503
Delta  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 27,834
Denver City and  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 554,636
Dolores  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 1,844
Douglas  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 175,766
Eagle  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 41,659
El Paso  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 516,929
Elbert  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 19,872
Fremont  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 46,145
Garfield  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 43,791
Gilpin  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 4,757
Grand  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 12,442
Gunnison  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 13,956
Hinsdale  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 790
Huerfano  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 7,862
Jackson  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 1,577
Jefferson  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 527,056
Kiowa  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 1,622
Kit Carson  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 8,011
La Plata  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 43,941
Lake  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 7,812
Larimer  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 251,494
Las Animas  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 15,207
Lincoln  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 6,087
Logan  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 20,504
Mesa  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 116,255
Mineral  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 831
Moffat  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 13,184
Montezuma  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 23,830
Montrose  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 33,432
Morgan  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 27,171
Otero  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 20,311
Ouray  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 3,742
Park  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 14,523
Phillips  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 4,480
Pitkin  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 14,872
Prowers  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 14,483
Pueblo  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 141,472
Rio Blanco  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 5,986
Rio Grande  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 12,413
Routt  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 19,690
Saguache  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 5,917
San Juan  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 558
San Miguel  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 6,594
Sedgwick  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 2,747
Summit  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 23,548
Teller  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 20,555
Washington  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 4,926
Weld  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 180,936
Yuma  Tax Lien Certificate  Premium Bid 9,841

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By Jason on Saturday, October 06th 2007, 1:30 pm:
Buying Colorado tax lien certificates can be pretty profitable as long as your overbid is relatively low, since overbids do not earn interest and will not be returned upon redemption.

By james avery on Sunday, June 15th 2008, 9:43 pm:
how do i get a copy a list state deeds for sale

By crystal on Wednesday, July 16th 2008, 5:27 pm:
Do I need to purches a lein before I can purchase a deed,and if not how do I go about getting a list of colorado tax deeds?

By Donna S. on Sunday, September 21st 2008, 7:30 pm:
When I click on the link above "Colorado revised stututes", the page will not come up. The same think happened when I tried to pull up the link for California. Can you tell me what to do to get this information?

By Donns S on Sunday, September 21st 2008, 7:38 pm:
Can I purchase the deeds that were leftover from the June sales now in Sept. I contacted the Arapahoe County Tresurer and she said there were no properties available and won't go on sale until the next auction. I want to purchaed leftovers from the last auction. Is that possible?

By Phil G. on Saturday, November 01st 2008, 2:31 pm:
Donna S,

If your counties auction fails to sell all tax lien certificates, they become the property of the county and can be purchased after the auction for no premium above the amount due until they are gone. Most of the time, all liens are auctioned.

By danny berrios on Saturday, December 20th 2008, 11:21 pm:
how do i get a copy a list state deeds for sale

By Earl S. Lee on Wednesday, January 07th 2009, 2:17 am:
how do i know how much money i need to pay for the property before i bid i see no asking price.

By rose malone on Sunday, January 25th 2009, 12:02 pm:
how do i get a copy of property for sale?

By Susan Stull on Wednesday, March 04th 2009, 4:31 am:
Is it necessary to purchase a tax lien prior to purchasing a tax deed? Is it possible to purchase tax liens and deeds at anytime other than the annual auction and if so where would I be able to get more information on this subject?

By Garth on Saturday, July 11th 2009, 11:38 am:
Ok-set me straight. It appears to me investment of monies in purchasing tax lien certificates at the county tax sale is guaranteed far & away to be much more profitable (+9%) than ANY other form of investment currently available. Is this a true "no-brainer" or am I missing something?

By james freeman on Thursday, March 03rd 2011, 8:27 pm:
please send me the current tax lean list for the state of co. thant you very much.

By Pete M. on Sunday, May 01st 2011, 10:14 am:
When does Colorado have the Tax sales or does each county have individual separate sales and when?

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