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Old 01-06-2009, 12:17 PM
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Tulsa County Sheriff's sale-- http://www.tcso.org/tcsoweb/AuctionLinks.aspx

Then look at the case number of foreclosure OCIS Case Search

Birds eyeview of property http://maps.live.com/ (simply put in the address)
Ariel pictures of foreclosed homes in Tulsa Tulsa, OK Foreclosures on Yahoo! Real Estate: 1-10 of 1540 listings

A title search on the property can tell you about the house such as if the owner still owes money on it from a second mortgage on the home or any outstanding lein on the house involving the current homeowner? (Failure to pay property or income taxes, the government could have a lien or claim against property.....which means the title will not be free and clear until all liens are paid -- and if you buy it, you will be the one who owes it.)

Before bidding, you You MUST check any UCC and Mechanics liens along with the tax liens and encumbrances on the property as the county doesn't. It is your responsibility as a bidder or certificate holder.
Tulsa County Assessor 918-596-5166 (Assessor may charge to check for tax lien.)
Tulsa County Treasurer 918-596-5071 (tax lien)
Tulsa County Clerk/Registrar of Deeds 918-596-5801 Earline Wilson 8:30-4:30

Most Oklahoma Tax Lien Auctions or sales are in October. Tax deed sales are in June.

County Court House
500 S. Denver Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74103-3838
Phone: (918) 596-5000

Oklahoma is an decent state for tax lien certificate and tax deed sales. Here is a summary of information for tax sales in Oklahoma Interest Rate County information can be hard to find, especially for smaller counties
Oklahoma tax deed sales bidding Process All tax lien auctions are by competitive bid.
About 14 states have a redemption period (a set timeframe when the old owner can buy back the house). (Does Oklahoma?) If not, once a property goes to auction the winner gets immediate ownership.

Before bidding on any property you must know who is doing the foreclosing. There can be more than one loan on a property. But only one will be doing the foreclosing. Depending on the priority of the loan, it is possible for another loan to still be owed even if you win the bid.

Basically it works like this. When a property is foreclosed on all that is owed to that particular lender is added up at the time of the auction. This will be the mortgage that wasn't paid, all the missed payments, all the late fees, the lawyer fees and any other costs in doing the foreclosure. This amount will be the opening bid. Understand that the bank is not really bidding against you (it's an expression). Merely it is the starting point for the auction. If no one bids higher the bank foreclosing will get the property. They will then turn around and sell it to try and recover what they can.

If someone bids higher then they will get the winning bid. But what you need to watch out for are any other loans against the property. They may still have a claim against the house. You see, not just first mortgages foreclose. A home equity line or second mortgage could be doing the foreclosure. Any loan "higher" then these loans would be still against the property. What you want to make sure is that the loan doing the foreclosing is the first mortgage. This is considered the "primary" or highest loan. (The only exception, and a rare one, is an IRS/tax lien.)
If there is a second mortgage and the first is doing the foreclosing the second mortgage will have to decide if it wants to bid on the house. So you could have not only private parties bidding at an auction but other loan companies that are trying to protect their smaller loans against the property by trying to buy it to resell themselves.
Short answer long, you will want to check the title yourself or pay a professional to do so before bidding to make sure that there are no surprises.

The County Sheriff's Department does not have access to any of the listed properties for viewing prior to the sale, nor are we aware if the property is currently occupied. For further information, contact the attorney listed in the published notice of sale.

As required by law, the opening bid on any property sold at Sheriff's Sale (foreclosures) will be two-third's of the appraised value.

  • Check Tulsa legal news-neighborhood news but the Tulsa County sheriff's website http://www.tcso.org/tcsoweb/AuctionLinks.aspx mentioned above is the best.
  • Check legal notices in the classified section in the local newspaper.
  • The office of the recorder of deeds (in your county)
  • Some real estate agents specialize in foreclosures. A realtor knows what other homes in the area have recently sold for, which can help you have a better sense of the market in that area.
Avoid Internet sites and subscription services that provide foreclosure information for a fee, since many have old information and are just out to take your money.

http://www.all-foreclosure.com/procedures.htm Oklahoma

TYPE OF FORECLOSURE Primarily Judicial


DEFICIENCY JUDGMENT Possible and Practical
A deficiency judgment is when the house sells for less at foreclosure than what was owed, creating a deficiency for the difference between what they made on the sale and what was owed. The homeowner who was foreclosed on would still be responsible for paying the difference.


P.S. There are Workout Documents on that site to help those who are trying to save their home.
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Old 01-19-2009, 06:03 PM
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In Depth: Smart Ways To Profit From Foreclosures - Forbes.com
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Old 09-24-2009, 08:36 PM
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I know this is going to sound really dumb but, I found this page on google liked what I saw that you wrote and not sure what forum I'm in and don't want to lose all the great info you have so graciousely offered up for free. Hope I can still find my way back, thanks for the great info.
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Old 11-10-2009, 03:20 PM
Location: Tulsa
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"I wish it would let me go in and edit some things above. I notice some mistakes. So sorry...."

Great post, Thanks,
btw, you could just add a section of corrections at the bottom if you want.
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Old 03-20-2010, 10:13 PM
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Default Updated foreclosure info for Tulsa. All the "pay for info" sites will hate this!

Foreclosures in Tulsa,OK (Buying) A Winning Team
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Old 03-31-2010, 07:43 AM
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you are a very generous person sharing this information with us. Thank you again for all your time and the information and may god bless you back for sharing.
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Old 11-10-2010, 09:59 PM
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I just want to know how to buy a house for back taxes. Can anyone tell me this?
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Old 11-11-2010, 07:45 AM
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How to Purchase a Home for Back Taxes | eHow.com
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Old 02-20-2012, 11:44 AM
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The Tulsa County Sheriff Sale is a great place to find foreclosed properties. Here's a website that let's you search the list of properties that will be auctioned off in the coming months...

Sherrif's Auction | GavelHound.com
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