Tax Lien Certificates and Tax Deed Sales in Delaware DE

There are 3 Counties in Delaware. It has about 783,600 residents. It became the 1st state on December 7, 1787. The state motto is "Liberty and Independence".

Delaware tax deeds have a 60 day redemption during which the original owner may redeem by paying the purchase price plus a 15% penalty.

Summary: A public sale is conducted by the county sheriff for properties having delinquent taxes (Sec. 8725). The minimum bid is the amount of past due taxes, interest, costs, and penalties. The Department of Finance or the chief county financial officer as designated by the county governing body may approve or disapprove the final bid at a sale made by the Sheriff under this subchapter provided that the notice of the public sale includes that such sale is "subject to the approval of the Department of Finance or the chief county financial officer" in the terms of sale. (Sec. 8726). In the event the Department of Finance or the chief county financial officer does not approve the final bid at such sale, the said Department of Finance or chief county financial officer may expose the property to another and as many succeeding sales as it chooses

Law: Delaware Code, Title 9, Part V, Chapter 87, "Collection of Delinquent Taxes."

Tax Sale List: Use Delaware Tax Sale Lists to search for Delaware tax lien certificates to buy or bid on. Generally most Delaware 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: County Treasurer/Sheriff

Interest Rate: 15% penalty rate (Sec. 8728 an 8758)

Auction Type: Tax Deed Redeemable (behaves like a deed though). Any real estate or interest therein sold under the provisions of this subchapter shall vest in the purchaser all the right, title and interest of the person in whose name the property was assessed, and/or all right, title and interest of the person or persons who are the owners thereof, and likewise freed and discharged from any liens and encumbrances, dower or curtesy or statutory right, in the nature of a dower or curtesy, whether absolute or inchoate, in or to the real estate. (Sec. 8727).

If the owner of the property or his legal representatives fail to redeem the property as provided in this subchapter, the purchaser of the property or his legal representatives, successors or assigns may present a petition to the Superior Court setting forth the appropriate facts in conformity with this subchapter and pray that the Superior Court make an order directing the Sheriff, then in office, to execute, acknowledge and deliver a deed conveying the title to the property to the petitioner; and thereupon the Superior Court shall have power, after a hearing upon the petition, to issue an order directing the Sheriff to execute, acknowledge and deliver a deed as prayed for in the petition. A description of the property as the same shall appear upon the assessment rolls, and a description by metes and bounds where obtainable shall be a sufficient description in any such deed. (Sec 8728)

Bidding Procedure: Bidder raises the amount above the minimum he will pay.

Costs: See the state statute for a long list of fees and costs (Sec. 8733).

Redemption Period: The owner of any such real estate sold under this subchapter or his legal representatives may redeem the same at any time within 60 days from the day the sale thereof is approved by the Court, by paying to the purchaser or his legal representatives, successors or assigns, the amount of the purchase price and 15 percent in addition thereto, together with all costs incurred in the cause; or if the purchaser or his legal representatives, successors or assigns refuse to receive the same, or do not reside or cannot be found within the county where the property is located, by paying the amount into the Court for the use of the purchaser, his legal representatives or assigns. (Sec. 8729).

Deed Assigned at Foreclosure to: Certificate Holder (Sec. 8728)




County:  Auction Type:  Bidding Type:  Population: 
Kent  Tax Deed Redeemable  Premium Bid 126,697
New Castle  Tax Deed Redeemable  Premium Bid 500,265
Sussex  Tax Deed Redeemable  Premium Bid 156,638

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By xss500 on Thursday, July 31st 2008, 5:31 am:
The sale tax process should be progressive and simple.

By Diana Robbins on Tuesday, September 08th 2009, 1:25 pm:
Where can one locate the online list of tax deed sales/auctions?

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