Newaygo County Treasurer Holly Moon as well as County Treasurers throughout the State are required by State Statute to hold a foreclosed property auction each year. The purpose is to sell parcels with 2+ years of delinquent property taxes to recover the tax dollars lost from the tax revolving fund and to return the properties to tax producing status in future years. This year we have 10 parcels of one acre or more on the auction.
“Typically we hold two in-person auctions at the County Building each year,” stated Treasurer Moon. “This year, however, for the safety of our bidders, we will be holding one on-line auction on October 12-15 beginning and ending at 1 p.m.” The move to an on-line auction is due to the health crisis in Michigan, and the Governor’s Executive Orders prohibiting in-person gatherings of more than 10 people in a building.
Treasurer Moon shared that she “understands the concerns our local bidders may have due to limited internet capabilities in the County.” BippusUSA, who handles the Treasurer’s auction process, is prepared to assist all potential bidders with proxy bids to ensure everyone has the opportunity to purchase properties. BippusUSA staff can be reached toll free at 1-800-686-6416. Interested bidders should also refer to the County Treasurer’s website at www.countyofnewaygo.com for the foreclosed property list, the auction terms and conditions, and for a link to register as a bidder. The Newaygo County Treasurer’s Office has hard copies of the property list available for purchase at $7.50 each.
All properties offered at auction are sold “as is” “where is.” It is the buyer's responsibility to do their homework as to their desired use of a property, and to execute any eviction process that may be necessary if they purchase. This auction is for the real property only, and the buyer will receive a Quit Claim Deed to the property. There are no liens carrying forward on any of the parcels offered, but the new buyer is responsible for the 2020 summer bill before a deed can be issued.
“Foreclosures continue to be a top priority for my Office, and we continue to educate taxpayers struggling with this issue,” stated Holly Moon, County Treasurer. “This year’s foreclosure numbers are the lowest in our history due to a combination of the extensions approved by the Circuit Court Judge, federal stimulus payments, and increased unemployment payments.” The earlier taxpayers reach out to us for help, the more options we can provide for them.” Holly further stated, “It’s my job to collect delinquent taxes. Foreclosure is what is mandated by law when the delinquent taxes are not paid.”