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Orange County online tax sale proceeding as normal

To The Leader

 

Not even the heightened sense of awareness surrounding the coronavirus will derail the online tax foreclosure auction scheduled for Tuesday, April 7 at 10 a.m.  

“The online nature of the auction will insure we are all practicing social distancing and for those folks who may be at home these days, it is a great way to spend some time,” Steve Bird, an attorney with the Linebarger Firm who oversee the sale process, said.

The online format allows those interested to see what properties are available, research the location and history of the property and set up an account so that they can actually participate in the auction.  All this can be done from the comfort of your home on your computer, laptop or cell phone and is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. All you need is an internet connection.  

Orange County tax sales online can be found at: https://orange.texas.sheriffsaleauctions.com. The web site has a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section and a lot of great information about the process.  There is also direct, toll-free numbers you can call with questions and very helpful research tools that assist in getting information about properties in which you might have an interest.   

The sale currently includes 29 pieces of property for sale.  Nine of those pieces are located in the Vidor ISD, 4 in Bridge City ISD, 2 in Orangefield ISD, 4 in LCM CISD and 10 in West Orange Cove CISD.  Many of these properties are vacant or abandoned properties and all have been the subject of delinquent tax collection efforts for several years.  Opening bid amounts range from $600 to $56,000 and can be more fully reviewed on the web site. Property owners who believe they have a piece of property listed in the sale should contact the law firm at (409) 886-9898 to discuss steps to have it removed from the sale.  

If bidders have questions regarding the use of the online auction web site they should direct those to: customerservice@realauction.com or to speak with a customer service assistant call toll-free (877) 361-7325.  As always, payment of local property taxes can be made to the Orange County Tax Office in Orange at 123 S. 6th Street or in Vidor at 155 Wilson, online at http://www.co.orange.tx.us or by mail at P.O. Box 1568, Orange 77631-1568.