EBENSBURG – With about 2,000 properties throughout Cambria County available for purchase through tax sales, officials are holding seminars to inform the public about the necessary steps to purchase those homes and bring them back into taxation.
Jo Anne Ranck, director of the county’s tax claim bureau, explained that there are several ways in which delinquent properties are sold.
Upset sales occur after property taxes have not been paid in two years. Held annually the Monday after Labor Day, all properties must go through an upset sale before being offered at another type of sale.
The starting price for properties at upset sale is the amount of taxes due on the property, with purchasers responsible for all liens, mortgages and judgments.
Anything that is not sold at an upset sale can be requested for private tax sale or judicial sale.
Private sales are held in Cambria County four times each year – in March, May, August and November. Minimum bids are $200 and purchasers are also responsible for all liens, mortgages and judgments.
Ranck said about 30 properties are sold at each private sale, and the next one is scheduled for March 16 at Cambria County Courthouse. Read more here.