Tax Foreclosure Auctions
The 2022 Tax Foreclosure Sale has concluded. Information for 2023 Tax Foreclosure Sale will be posted here when it becomes available.
You may sign up for the Tax Foreclosure Auction Alerts to be notified for upcoming sales at the link below.
Tax Foreclosure Mapping Application
Sedgwick County’s most recent interactive mapping application, Tax Foreclosure Auctions, makes it easier for prospective bidders to investigate the properties available for auction. The application can be accessed on any mobile device.
In the state of Kansas, counties are allowed to sell real property having delinquent real estate taxes at the conclusion of the judicial tax foreclosure procedure via open auction (no sealed bids). Properties are sold to the highest qualified bidder.
"Notice of sale” is published in the officially designated county newspaper, the ARK VALLEY NEWS. Copies are available in the county treasurer’s office, first floor of the courthouse. When the date of sale is set, the case can be accessed at on this website. The Sedgwick County Treasurer’s Office should have Map Books for each sale available at a nominal charge.
Time, Date and Location
Tax foreclosure auctions take place online at www.SedgwickCounty.org and at the Sedgwick County Treasurer’s office at 100 S Broadway, Suite 100. The date is determined four to six weeks prior to the sale date and is announced through publication in the ARK VALLEY NEWS or may be obtained by calling the treasurer’s office, 660-9000. You may also visit this website to register to have an email notification sent to you when the sale dates are scheduled.
Owners, heirs and lien holders of record have the right to redeem properties through close of business the day prior to the sale date. Therefore, prospective bidders are cautioned that they cannot be sure a given property will actually be sold at auction until the specified sale date.
All sales are final, unless successfully challenged in court. Prospective bidders should adequately acquaint themselves with the properties in which they are interested prior to the auction. Suggested inquiries might be considered in the areas of special assessments - county clerk’s office (660-9200) or respective city clerks’ offices; zoning and building restrictions; respective county or city building, planning and inspection offices; plat maps - county clerk’s office; deed information - county clerk’s office or register of deeds’ office (660-9400).
If a person desires to purchase a property prior to auction, that transaction is strictly between that person and the owner of record. To stop the tax foreclosure process, the full amount of taxes and interest plus court costs must be paid. The mere transfer of title, even having the deed recorded, will not stop the proceedings nor the sale. Only when all taxes and court costs are paid will the property be deleted from the sale.
Buyers of tax foreclosure properties are responsible for the full amount of taxes for the year of the sale, regardless of the date of sale. Buyers are responsible for all current and future special assessments on the property. Buyers are not responsible for any delinquent taxes.
Owners or lien holders of record can challenge sale of properties sold at a tax foreclosure auction after the sale through district court. The county may defend the sale with appointed counsel. Buyers may, at their own expense, engage their own attorney if they wish to be represented during such action. If the court should decide in favor of the plaintiff and set aside the sale of the property, the court will direct the county regarding refunding the full purchase price plus any fees paid.
Terms of Sale
BIDDER REGISTRATION: In order to participate in the online auction, all bidders must be registered through the Sedgwick County Treasurer’s Office, 100 North Broadway, Suite 100, Wichita, Kansas 67202. Bidder registration will open at 8:00 a.m. on November 21, 2022, and close at 5:00 p.m. on December 5, 2022. To register to bid, you must show 2 forms of identification and complete a Bidder’s Affidavit attesting that you do not own property in Sedgwick County that has delinquent taxes; if you have delinquent taxes, you are not able to bid. Once you are registered, you will be provided access to the online bidding system. If you do not register in advance, you will not be permitted to bid.
ONLINE BIDDING: ALL bidders must bid through the online bidding system at https://www.civicsource.com. Public access to the online bidding system will be available at the Sedgwick County Treasurer’s Office, 100 North Broadway, Suite 100, Wichita, Kansas 67202 during the hours that the online bidding is open.
PAYMENT: During the online bidding process, you may enter bank account information from which payment will be directly withdrawn if you have the winning bid when the auction closes. If you are the successful bidder, your account will be debited the total amount of your bid PLUS a $21 deed recording fee. If you want to pay by credit card or cash, you must appear at the Sedgwick County Treasurer’s Office NO LATER THAN 5:00 P.M. ON DECEMBER 9, 2022, the day after the online sale closes. Your credit card payment or cash payment will be accepted at the Treasurer’s Office for final processing.
If you are the successful buyer and you do not complete your payment transaction online or by appearing at the Sedgwick County Treasurer’s Office by the payment deadline, the Sheriff’s office can take action against you to enforce your bid including securing a court order mandating your appearance before a judge and payment of additional fees and costs. Failure to pay for parcels you win in the auction will result in you being barred from future tax sales.
You must pay the purchase price of your bid PLUS a deed recording fee of $21 and $15 auction fee. The deed recording fee of $21 applies to each parcel you buy. If you buy 2 parcels, you pay 2 deed recording fees. When you receive your new Sheriff’s deed (in approximately 60 days after the close of the auction), it will already be recorded with the Sedgwick County Register of Deeds.
There will be a $30 charge assessed for a returned check. Further, if a check is returned, the issuer will be granted no more than 14 calendar days from the date of notice to redeem the check and pay the returned check assessment with cash or cashier’s check only. Returned check notice will be mailed via first class mail.
According to K.S.A. 79-2804, the sheriff is required to register the deeds for properties purchased at tax foreclosure auction prior to delivering them to the buyer. Therefore, the filing fee for registration of the deed(s) will be collected from the buyer of each parcel at the time of sale.
A receipt of purchase will be given at time of payment. A sheriff’s deed will be mailed to successful bidders as soon as “confirmation of sale” is filed with the clerk of the district court and the deeds are recorded with the register of deeds office. This usually requires a waiting period of approximately 90 days after the date of sale. This waiting period allows all checks to clear and the settlement of any disputed sales (challenges) in court. The county desires to conclude the case in the most expeditious, legal manner possible. It also may take additional time for prior years’ delinquent taxes to be purged from the property record.
If a successful bidder purchases an occupied property, the purchaser is responsible for handling this instance in a considerate manner. The county is NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR EVICTION.
Purchasers are responsible for payment of the full year of taxes (ad valorem and any “specials”) for any tax foreclosure auction during that year. The taxes are not pro-rated to sale dates. “Specials” can be added up to August 26 of each year. “Specials,” which purchasers will pay as part of that year’s taxes, may be announced at the sale, however all specials may not be listed.