The tax sale will be held on October 7, 2019 at the Buckwalter Recreation Center, 905 Buckwalter Parkway, Bluffton.  Registered bidders may sign in from 8:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. and bidding will begin at 10:00 a.m. More information about the tax sale can be found on our Tax Sale General Information page.

Bidders are encouraged to do their research and have a full understanding of the properties on which they intend to bid. To assist in this endeavor, the following are some useful resources and information:

Past tax sale and delinquency data provides tax sale data for the past two years and redemption data for the past four years.

Real property information contains useful information such as the property identification number, property address, value, and property class.

The delinquency map visually displays delinquent real property throughout the county and their approximate location, address, and other useful information.

Beaufort County's GIS Mapping visually displays real property throughout the county, their approximate location and approximate boundary lines and other useful information.

The Beaufort County Register of Deeds maintains records of property deeds, mortgages, and other liens.

The Beaufort County Assessor’s Office may be able to help you identify what the property is used for, if there are any existing structures, and other useful information.

Bidders must register in advance, online or in the Beaufort office, by 12:00 p.m. Friday before the tax sale. Bidder registration opens the Tuesday after Labor Day. Registration is not permitted on the day of the auction.

All real and personal property auction must be advertised prior to the tax sale date. The list will be published in newspapers of general circulation within Beaufort County and available online the beginning of September in accordance with South Carolina State Statute 12-51-40(d). The final list for auction is published online the weekend before the auction.

Properties are advertised and auctioned in alphabetical order according to the defaulting owner's last name or company name as listed in Beaufort County’s tax system.  If an owner has multiple properties being auctioned, the properties will be advertised and auctioned in numerical order by Property Identification Number (PIN).

The opening bid is the minimum bid and includes the delinquent taxes due and an estimate for the taxes owed for the upcoming tax year. 

When multiple properties are owned by the same individual or company and the successful bid amount for one property covers the minimum bid of subsequent properties, these subsequent properties are called add-ons. The successful bidder is purchasing just the one property, not the subsequent properties. Add-on properties are skipped and not auctioned.

All bid payments, deed preparation costs, and recording fees must be paid in full before the close of business on the day of the tax sale with guaranteed funds. A Temporary Tax Sale Receipt will be issued to and must be retained by the bidder. The deed preparation costs and recording fees are determined by the Register of Deeds Office and calculated based on the winning bid amount.

A successful bidder who does not pay for the bid is subject to a fine of $500.00 per property pursuant to South Carolina State Statute 12-51-70, and the bidder may be prohibited from bidding in future Beaufort County tax sales.

If the real property or mobile home is redeemed, a 12% annualized rate interest is paid by the redeeming party to the bidder and is capped at the minimum bid amount for that property.

If a property is not redeemed, a delinquent tax sale deed is issued within approximately 90 days of the end of the redemption period. The deed will be in the name of the successful bidder and submitted to the Beaufort County Register of Deeds for recording. The recording process will take four to six weeks from the time the deed is submitted.

If a property is redeemed, the bidder will be notified by mail. Please make sure we have your most current mailing address. At that time, the Temporary Tax Sale Receipt must be returned to the Treasurer's office for a refund of the bid, deed preparation fees, and applicable interest. In the event a bidder cannot produce their Temporary Tax Sale Receipt, there will be a $100.00 fee and a 10 day waiting period before your check is issued.

Personal property sold at tax sale does not have a redemption period. A bill-of-sale is issued to the winning bidder the day of the tax sale.

The Treasurer may void a tax sale on real property at any time prior to the issuance of a delinquent tax deed in accordance with South Carolina State Statute 12-51-150. Tax sales on mobile homes may be voided prior to the issuance of a title from the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles. Bidders do not earn rent on a voided mobile home sale. If this occurs, the bidder will be notified by mail. Please make sure we have your most current mailing address. The bid amount, recording fees, and applicable interest will be refunded.

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