St. James going digital for delinquent property purchases

CONVENT – St. James Parish Government has updated its adjudicated property auction processes by implementing the technologies of CivicSource, a leading online auctioneer of tax-delinquent real estate.

At 6 p.m. Tuesday (May 21), CivicSource will hold a community information session on purchasing adjudicated property in St. James Parish.

The event is free and open to the public and will be held at the Convent Annex, located at 5800 LA Highway 44.

Organizers hope this helps the Parish restore significant, annually recurring revenues to St. James from taxes that had previously gone unpaid.

“The partnership between CivicSource and the Parish Council is a win-win situation for the Parish,” St. James Parish President Timothy Roussel said.

“The online auctions will return properties to the tax roll, eliminate blight in our communities and rural areas and make adjudicated real estate available to the public at a reasonable price.”

St. James’ new, technology-driven property auction will take place online at CivicSource.com, allowing bidders to conduct property research and participate in the auction from any internet-ready device whether at home, work or a public facility.

CivicSource.com offers numerous innovative purchaser tools including access to auction legal research, integrated Google and GIS parcel maps, a proxy bidding feature, customizable watch lists and a sliding close function preventing last-second, online bid sniping.

Visit CivicSource.com to view a complete listing of qualified, adjudicated properties or to nominate properties for auction through a deposit of $850.

The properties are listed for $0 plus closing costs. Commercial and residential properties are available. To RSVP for the upcoming information session on purchasing adjudicated properties, visit events.CivicSource.com.

Original article found here:
https://m.lobservateur.com/2019/05/18/st-james-going-digital-for-delinquent-property-purchases/

Free community info session scheduled on how to buy adjudicated property

EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH, LA (WAFB) – CivicSource is holding a free informational session for the public about how to buy adjudicated property for sale in East Baton Rouge Parish.

The meeting will be held Thursday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Branch Library, located at 11260 Joor Rd.

Information will be provided on all aspects of buying adjudicated property, including how to get title insurance. All properties for sale at civicsource.com went unsold at a previous tax certificate sale. These tax delinquent properties are sold by taxing authorities across Louisiana at auctions hosted by CivicSource. At these auctions, blighted, abandoned, or foreclosed properties are sold, generating significant annual tax revenue for the parish.

Click here to view a full list of adjudicated properties for sale in EBR Parish. There are both commercial and residential properties for sale. To RSVP for the upcoming informational session, click here.

Original article found here:
https://www.wafb.com/2019/05/07/free-community-info-session-scheduled-how-buy-adjudicated-property/

Councilwoman to host sessions about acquiring adjudicated property

Metro Councilwoman Chauna Banks is hosting information sessions on how to acquire property in East Baton Rouge Parish. The event is free and open to the public. The meeting will include details on getting title insurance and paying the outstanding taxes.

The second session will be at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 28, at Louisiana Leadership Institute, 5763 Hooper Road, Baton Rouge.

The goal is to help bring new life to blighted, abandoned or tax-foreclosed properties, according to a news release. Agency representatives will present five unconventional pathways to acquire these properties. Both residential and commercial investors will learn how to purchase tax-delinquent assets by attending these informational.

A list of invited agencies and programs:

  • East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office sale, a public auction of property repossessed to satisfy an unpaid obligation.
  • Parish Attorney’s Office, which handles the sale of adjudicated properties through public bids and donations.
  • CivicSource, a company partnered with the city-parish to offer an online process for the sale of adjudicated property in excess of five years.
  • Mow to Own Program, which allows certain parties to avoid the public bidding and receive a preference in making an offer to purchase adjudicated properties in excess of three years.
  • East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority, which has the ability to acquire and quickly clear title to tax sale and adjudicated properties.

For information, contact the District 2 office at (225) 389-8331 or email cbanks@brla.gov.​​

Original article found here: https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/communities/zachary/article_8efef842-24c8-11e9-aadd-1353b9410e2c.html

Want to buy a property seized for back taxes? Firm to show you how at meeting in Donaldsonville

DONALDSONVILLE — City officials are launching an online system to auction properties in the city’s hands because of unpaid back taxes.

CivicSource, the contractor running the online auction system, is set to explain the process during a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday inside the City Council Chambers, 609 Railroad Ave.

CivicSource officials will offer training on buying adjudicated properties, including how to acquire title insurance, according a statement by the firm.

CivicSource, which is based in New Orleans, has operated the same online auction for Ascension Parish government since 2017.

The company said its services help restore revenue to local governments by bringing properties back to the tax rolls.

CivicSource’s statement said all adjudicated properties for sale on its website had previously gone unsold at a tax sale and have not had back taxes redeemed.

The company said it specializes in “digitized due diligence, ensuring all homeowners, heirs, and persons of interest affiliated with a tax-delinquent property have been adequately notified” before the property is sold.

Those planning to attend can RSVP at events.civicsource.com.

Original article found here: https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/communities/ascension/article_975d7ebc-fe5a-11e8-94ba-2335c4a04e98.html4ba-2335c4a04e98.html

Want to learn how to buy cheap property in East Baton Rouge? Information session scheduled

Aspiring investors will get an opportunity this week to learn how to purchase land from the government.

When property owners don’t pay taxes, their land can be seized and put up for auction. In East Baton Rouge, the local government advertises those lots on the website CivicSource.com.

Company representatives will hold a training session Thursday to explain how the public can purchase adjudicated land. The meeting will be at the Bluebonnet Regional Library at 6:30 p.m.

Prospective buyers can view properties that are available for sale and, if interested, can ask for an auction of a particular residential or commercial lot. An $850 deposit is required, and bidding starts at $0 plus closing costs — generally about $3,400.

“Taxing authorities across Louisiana auction these tax-delinquent properties online through CivicSource.com,” the company wrote in a news release “By hosting the sale online, bidders who would normally be unable to attend the auction in person are able to participate from their homes or places of business.”

The company said such sales return blighted, abandoned or tax-foreclosed properties to commerce “while regenerating significant annual tax revenues to the city and parish.”

Original article found here: https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/article_3f5a5cec-b5e6-11e8-bb39-17aa75b22c4c.html

Going once, going twice, sold — Only one month to tax sale

Some landowners haven’t settled up last year’s tax bills, and Lincoln County is about to collect.

The annual tax sale begins at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 27, and over the course of six hours of digital bidding in an online auction, the Lincoln County Tax Collector’s Office will recover $1,581,173 in back taxes owed on 2,362 parcels. Tax collector Blake Pickering said the average unpaid bill is between $1,300 and $1,500, and he expects several of the open tabs to be closed out before sale day.

Otherwise, those in arrears will be paying a new lien-holder 1.5 percent interest per month.

“Ninety percent of the people who bid on parcels in the tax sale are after the interest income, and from my understanding, the guys who do it make a pretty good bit of money,” he said.

Anyone interested in bidding on the delinquent parcels must create an account with CivicSource.com and send a completed Form W-9 to Pickering’s office. Once registered with the bidding site and tax office, registered users will receive an email approving their participation in the sale.

Once the sale launches, logged-in bidders will have access to all of the parcels and can immediately enter bids. CivicSource allows “proxy bidding,” in which users can set a maximum bid amount and walk away — the site will automatically increase the bid by the minimum to stay on top of competitors until the maximum is topped.

CivicSource uses a rolling 5-minute clock that extends bid times to prevent last-second “sniping” during the final seconds of the bid process. Pickering said a bidding war over a particular parcel extended 10 times for an additional 51 minutes during last year’s sale.

Successful bidders will have 24 hours to pay the full owed amount to CivicSource. The site turns a profit only off a percentage of over-bids and sends Lincoln County a check for the full amount of taxes collected.

Successful bidders will be entitled to 1.5 percent interest per month and will be paid in full once the landowners settle their bill. If the landowner doesn’t pay up in two years — three years from the date of the original tax lien — successful bidders can sue in chancery court for a quiet title giving them ownership of the parcel, though Pickering said such actions are rare.

Anyone owing taxes who wishes to avoid having their bill auctioned off can settle up with the tax collector’s office by Aug. 24. The office will stop accepting checks after Aug. 10.

Pickering said his office will publish a list of delinquent parcels in The Daily Leader on Aug. 9 and Aug. 21.

If a parcel is auctioned off in the upcoming tax sale, landowners should pay their bill as soon as possible in the Lincoln County Chancery Clerk’s Office.

This will be the second year the annual tax sale has been conducted online. Previously, tax sales were carried out in all-day sessions in the circuit courtroom, but moving the sale online allows more participants and ensures more collections, Pickering said.

“It opens it up for working people who want to participate but can’t get off work all day,” he said.

For years in the courtroom and now online, Lincoln County’s Johnny Gunnel dominates the land sale. Pickering said the next three top buyers behind Gunnel are out-of-town companies built on tax lien interest profits.

Gunnel could not be reached for comment.

Pickering’s office will host an info session with CivicSource to teach participants how to use the online system. The two sessions are scheduled for noon and 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 9.

Original article found here: https://www.dailyleader.com/2018/07/19/going-once-going-twice-sold-only-one-month-to-tax-sale/

Tax Auction Session

TAX AUCTION SESSION: CivicSource, the company that partners with New Orleans to auction the city’s tax-foreclosed properties, will hold an information session about the auction process from 5:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Thursday, July 5, at the Main Library, 219 Loyola Ave. Visit events.civicsource.com to RSVP.

Original article found here: https://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/news/communities/crescent_city/article_92529772-7a57-11e8-b798-af185cf49ac3.html

Iberia Parish holds meeting on delinquent property sales

Iberia Parish Government will hold a meeting Thursday night to let residents know how they can participate in the parish’s delinquent property sale program.

The parish entered into an agreement with CivicSource, a developer that handles the sale of tax-delinquent properties through an online auction site. The company already handles sales for the city of New Iberia and St. Martin Parish, among others.

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m., at the Iberia Parish Central Library, 445 E. Main St. New Iberia. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Original article published here: https://kadn.com/iberia-parish-holds-meeting-on-delinquent-property-sales/

CivicSource to hold regional info session

CivicSource will hold a community information session on purchasing tax-adjudicated real estate in Northwest Louisiana at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 17 at the Vernon Parish Fairgrounds Auditorium, 276 HM Stevens Blvd in Leesville.

Comprehensive training on all aspects of purchasing adjudicated properties, including how to acquire title insurance, will be covered. The event is free and open to the public.

All adjudicated properties for sale at CivicSource.com went unsold in a previous tax sale.

Taxing authorities across Northwest Louisiana, including Vernon Parish Police Jury, the City of Leesville, Natchitoches Parish, and the City of Natchitoches auction these tax-delinquent properties online through CivicSource.com.

By hosting the sale online, bidders who would normally be unable to attend the auction in person are able to participate from their homes or places of business. The sales return blighted, abandoned or tax-delinquent properties to commerce while regenerating significant annual tax revenues to the parish. 

Visit CivicSource.com to view a complete listing of qualified tax-distressed adjudicated properties or to nominate properties for auction through a deposit of $850.

The properties are listed for $0 plus closing costs. Both commercial and residential properties are available for purchase.

To RSVP for the upcoming information session on purchasing adjudicated properties, visit www.events.CivicSource.com.

Article originally posted here: http://www.leesvilledailyleader.com/news/20171011/civicsource-to-hold-regional-info-session

Bogalusa to hold real estate information session

On Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 6:30 p.m., the city government of Bogalusa will partner with CivicSource to hold a community information session on purchasing tax-delinquent adjudicated real estate. The session will be at the Bogalusa City Hall courtroom, located at 202 Arkansas Ave.

The event is free and open to the public, and representatives from CivicSource will be available to answer questions from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. in the city hall lobby before the presentation begins. Comprehensive training on all aspects of purchasing adjudicated properties, including how to acquire title insurance, will be covered.

All adjudicated properties for sale at CivicSource.com went unsold in a previous tax sale. The city of Bogalusa auctions these tax-delinquent properties online through CivicSource.com. By hosting the sale online, bidders who would normally be unable to attend the auction in person are able to participate from their homes or places of business.

The sales return blighted, abandoned or tax-delinquent properties to commerce, while regenerating significant annual tax revenues to the parish.

“This is an opportunity for the citizens of Bogalusa to learn how to purchase these adjudicated pieces of property,” Bogalusa Mayor Wendy Perrette said.

Interested citizens can visit online at CivicSource.com to view a complete listing of qualified tax-distressed adjudicated properties or to nominate properties for auction through a deposit of $850. The properties are listed for $0 plus closing costs. Both commercial and residential properties are available for purchase.

To RSVP for the upcoming information session on purchasing adjudicated properties, visit events.CivicSource.com.

Article originally published here: http://www.bogalusadailynews.com/2017/09/30/city-to-hold-real-estate-information-session/