January 28, 2020

County provides list of properties currently set for foreclosure

Hearing dates to determine foreclosure scheduled for Jan. 21 and Feb. 5

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OGEMAW COUNTY — The Ogemaw County Treasurer’s office recently released this year’s foreclosure hearing dates as well as a list of properties in the county currently scheduled to be foreclosed upon and put up at this year’s summer tax auction.

Properties scheduled for foreclosure are those which have had delinquent property taxes since 2017. State law requires the county to foreclose upon properties that have had outstanding property taxes for three years prior, Ogemaw County Treasurer Dwight McIntyre said. 

Holders of those properties can attend the show cause hearing scheduled on Jan. 21 between 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Ogemaw County Treasurer’s Office in the county building to set up a payment schedule, McIntyre said. A judicial foreclosure hearing is scheduled for Feb. 5 in Circuit Court Room 207, at which time the treasurer’s office will ask the court to enter a judgement to foreclose remaining properties. However, McIntyre said the treasurer’s office will allow property holders to schedule repayment of delinquent taxes until March 30. 

“My priority is not to sell them — it’s to get those taxes paid,” McIntyre said. “I want to give people the opportunity to pay those taxes and keep their properties.” 

While there are currently over 150 properties listed, McIntyre said he expects that number to shrink by the time the finalized list of foreclosed properties is determined after the March 30 cutoff date. He said he has seen as few as 30 properties foreclosed upon in a year and as many as 90, but based upon previous years, he expects around 50 properties to go up for auction. 

The state will have the opportunity to purchase foreclosed properties at market value, though McIntyre said the state is typically only interested in properties that have no structures and are adjacent to state land. 

“The state has first option in the month of May to look at those properties and can buy those properties at market value,” McIntyre said. “I don’t know what they do in other counties, but they typically don’t buy that much here.” 

Properties not purchased by the state are then offered to local municipalities in which the properties are located. Municipalities may purchase those properties for the amount owed in delinquent taxes, though property purchased must be for public use and cannot be sold.  

“After the month of June, we will assemble the list for auction,” McIntyre said.  

Title Check, LLC, a Kalamazoo-based title services company, handles the county’s summer tax auctions, which McIntyre said typically take place in August at the East Tawas Community Center, though an official date and location for this year’s auction has yet to be determined. 

Notification of foreclosure will be posted on properties prior to the auction, and a list of foreclosed properties will be posted at www.tax-sale.info. McIntyre said a printed list will also be available at the treasurer’s office for a small fee. 

Bids at the summer auction will begin at whatever the amount of delinquent taxes is on a given property. The money made during the auction will go toward reimbursing the county for 2017 delinquent taxes and will be placed in the county’s delinquent tax revolving fund (DTRF), McIntyre said.  Any remaining profit will be placed in the county’s tax sale account, which is used to fund the following year’s auctions and related expenses.  

The DTRF is the fund the county uses to reimburse municipalities for delinquent taxes. McIntyre said municipalities have been reimbursed 100 percent for 2017 and 2018 taxes and will be reimbursed for 2019 taxes in April. He added that the state has required counties to reimburse municipalities in full for delinquent taxes annually since 2005. 

Properties which fail to sell at the summer tax auction will go up for auction again in October with bids beginning at $100, McIntyre said. Any remaining after that auction will be offered to the municipalities in which they are located once more and will be available at no cost with no stipulations regarding use or sale of the properties. Even so, McIntyre said municipalities typically turn those properties down for various reasons. 

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