Lists of properties to be sold at tax auction are published by the taxing authorities and are public information. The lists are typically available thirty to forty-five days prior to the auction date.
You can almost always get the list online. It will also be published in the newspaper (yes, even today they are still published in the “legal notices” in the newspaper!). To find the online list do a Google search “Tax Sale List XXX County YYY (fill in state in place of “YYY”).
If you have trouble finding the list online contact your local real estate tax collector and ask where they publish the list of properties going for tax sale.
Be aware that at least seventy percent of the owners whose properties are listed for auction pay their taxes before the tax sale auction. If an owner pays the taxes prior to the tax sale auction the property will not be auctioned off. As a result, most of the properties in the list will not be sold.
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