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    Subject Question Answer
    Delinquent Tax Sales Can a relative or a friend bid for me?

    No, you must be present at the sale, in person, to bid.

    34.0445 (b) Civil Practice and Remedies Code reads:

    An individual may not bid on or purchase the property in the name of any other individual. An officer conducting a sale under this subchapter may not execute a deed in the name of or deliver a deed to any person other than the person who was the successful bidder.

    34.0445 (e) Civil Practice and Remedies Code reads as:

    A person who knowingly violates this section commits an offense. An offense under this subsection is a Class B Misdemeanor...

    See the Bidder Authorization Notice for more information.

    Delinquent Tax Sales If I am the successful bidder, what type of document is issued? The Constable's Office will issue a document entitled "Constable's Deed to Individual in Delinquent Tax Suits." This deed will then be sent to the attorneys representing the taxing entity. The attorneys will then file the document with the Tarrant County Clerk's Office as soon as possible.
    Delinquent Tax Sales What form of payment is accepted? We only accept cash, cashier's check or money order, made payable to Constable Darrell Huffman. We do not accept wire transfers, credit cards, traveler's checks or letters of credit. We also do not have a financing plan.
    Delinquent Tax Sales What happens to the properties that do not get sold at the auction?

    The properties that are struck off at the auction are actually bid on by the taxing entities. The deeds are issued to the property in the name of the taxing entity. The taxing entity then becomes the owner of that property and they can do with the property what they wish.

    Certain properties are withdrawn from the sale for various reasons. The reasons could range from a defendant filing bankruptcy, the defendant paying off the taxes in full, all the way to technical problems with the order of sale. When these are withdrawn, the attorneys representing the taxing entities then re-advertise them for the following month or remove them from the sale list and the process starts over anew with an application to the court for disposition of the property.

    Delinquent Tax Sales What newspaper is the sale advertised in? We use the Fort Worth Commercial Recorder. Their telephone number is 817-926-5351. Their newsstands are located at Tarrant County Courthouses and Subcourthouses. You may also subscribe. This is the most convenient way to get a complete listing of the upcoming sale notices. We do not have a mailing list due to the lack of manpower. The sale notices are published once each week (usually on Tuesday) three weeks prior to the sale.
    Delinquent Tax Sales When and where are properties listed and sold?

    By virtue of Orders of Sale issued out of the Courts in the cause numbers indicated, real properties are to be sold at the Constable's Sale at approximately 10 a.m. in the morning on the first Tuesday of each month.

    Several of the law firms have their own websites where they maintain lists of properties they are handling. Lists of properties may also be found on the Tarrant County Tax Office's website by clicking the Get Information On tab, then selecting the Delinquent Tax Sales link. The information reflected on the listing is for informational purposes only and may change at any time. These lists include cause numbers, account numbers and attorney's offices. More information may be found on each property by using the account number found on the Delinquent Tax Sales list to search on the Tarrant County Tax Office's Property Tax Account Search page at taxoffice.tarrantcounty.com. Physical addresses for the properties can be located this way as well as by searching on the Tarrant Appraisal District's Property Data Search page, which can be found on their website at www.tad.org. All sales are "as is," to the highest bidder on a "buyer beware basis." Any and all questions concerning these properties should be directed to your attorney before the sale.

    The presence of a property on the tax sale list does not constitute permission to trespass on that property!

    Properties maybe withdrawn from the sale for various reasons, but may not be removed from this listing. Please call our office at 817-481-8059 to see if any properties have been withdrawn.

    Delinquent Tax Sales When is the tax deed auction scheduled? We do not conduct tax deed auctions. The type of sale that we conduct is a Delinquent Tax Auction. We sell real property for the back taxes (county, school, city, etc.). Pursuant to Texas law, all sales are held on the first Tuesday of each month.
    Delinquent Tax Sales Where is the auction held and what time does it begin? All property sales are held on the 1895 Courthouse steps between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tax sales begin at 10 a.m.. The Tarrant County 1895 Courthouse is located at 100 W. Weatherford St., Fort Worth, Texas (at the intersection of Main Street and Weatherford Street).
    Delinquent Tax Sales Who conducts the Delinquent Tax Sales? Constable Darrell Huffman, Tarrant County Precinct 3 Constable, is charged with the responsibility of conducting all Delinquent Tax Sales in Tarrant County. These sales are conducted by a deputy constable based in the Southlake Town Square. The phone number is 817-481-8059.
    Bidder Authorization Form How do I obtain a Bidder Authorization Form? To obtain this authorization you must go to the Tarrant County Tax Assessor-Collector's Office, 100 E Weatherford St. Fort Worth, Texas, Tarrant County Administration Building, first floor. There will be a cost of $10 to cover the cost of issuing the statement. For information about this process Contact the Tax Assessor-Collector's Office at 817-884-1186.
    Bidder Authorization Form How long will it take to obtain a Bidder Authorization Form? The amount of time required to obtain the statement will be approximately two weeks, from request to issuance.
    Bidder Authorization Form How much will it cost me to obtain a Bidder Authorization Form? There will be a cost of $10 to cover the cost of issuing the statement. For information about this process contact the Tax Assessor-Collector's Office at 817-884-1186.
    Bidder Authorization Form What is a Bidder Authorization Form? Persons who purchase real property on or after October 1, 2003, will be required to furnish the officers conducting the sale a copy of the written authorization from the Tarrant County Tax Assessor-Collector's Office prior to a constables Deed being issued.