The Real Property Division does NOT manage the collection of property tax debt or foreclosure due to property tax default. Tax foreclosure questions must be directed to the Assessor-Treasurers office, Foreclosure Department: (253) 798-7133.
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In most cases Pierce County must attempt to sell tax title property at auction before it is available for direct negotiation. Any tax title parcels not sold at auction are retained by Pierce County and once authorized, are available for private sale for one year following the date of the auction.
Most tax title property inventory consists of small narrow strips of land (5 ft. to 20 ft.) which are mainly beneficial to adjacent land owners. Some properties contain environmentally sensitive areas such as wetlands or steep slopes. Potential buyers should understand that some properties may also have assessments and fees that need to be paid in addition to the tax foreclosure cost.