Bidding Rules
Worcester Maryland
Bidding Rules Required by the Treasurer
 2022 Tax Lien Sale (For Tax Year 2020 and prior)


State and County taxes for the 2020 tax sale (and prior years) by the County Commissioners of Worcester County and/or delinquent water, sewer, and assessment charges and/or delinquent nuisance abatements on the properties hereinafter described being due and in arrears and unpaid, and in order to compel the payment of the same, together with interest thereon and costs attending the proceeding, as provided by law, by virtue of the power and authority vested in me as Treasurer, Finance Officer, and Collector of State and County taxes for Worcester County, Maryland, as provided by the Acts of the General Assembly of Maryland, the undersigned Treasurer, Finance Officer and Collector, aforesaid, will sell at public auction to the highest bidder the following properties.
This public auction will be held with The link is
All bidders must register.  Registration for the sale begins at Thursday, April 14th, 2022 and ends promptly at 4:00 PM ET on Tuesday, May 10th, 2022.  Proper identification for individuals and proof of existence for legal entities shall be required by RealAuction for all registrants.  In order to bid, an individual or entity must be registered.  
ACH payment will need to be tendered by 4:00 PM ET Friday, May 20th, 2022 on the final date of sale.  It shall be in the amount of taxes due including expenses of sale (attorney, auctioneer, advertising and miscellaneous).  A results email will be issued by Realauction. A tax sale certificate will be provided by mail to the tax sale purchaser within thirty days of the date of the sale. 
Bidders should be well versed in the law regarding tax sales and should investigate the properties and titles thereto prior to purchase or bid. Competent legal advice should be sought by the prospective bidders prior to the sale. No legal advice shall be given by the County Attorney, Treasurer, or staff.
Bidders representing legal entities are limited to one bidder per property sold.  Bidding shall be conducted in accordance with procedures determined by the Treasurer or his agent at the sale. 
All costs in connection with the foreclosure of the right of redemption and all other title costs are at the expense of the purchaser or purchasers.  All taxes and fees and other impositions including, without limitation, the following:  transfer tax, agricultural transfer tax, recordation tax, and recording costs required will likewise be at the expense of the purchaser or purchasers.  Terms of sale shall be complied with as determined by the Treasurer, who shall be the sole judge of such.
These requirements are directory as to the Treasurer and not mandatory.  They may be altered by the Treasurer at his sole discretion in the interests of justice, fairness, and efficiency or other good and valid reason.
All Tax Sale bidders are subject to the following terms of sale:
  1. The bidding process for Tax Sale is by online auction. Registration is held online only and will begin on Thursday, April 14th, 2022 and end on Tuesday, May 10th, 2022 at 4:00 PM ET. There will be a $100.00 refundable registration fee required to bid at the 2022 Tax Sale payable immediately online at the time of registration via ACH Debit authorization. Bidding begins on Wednesday, May 18th, 2022 at 10:00 AM ET and ends on Friday, May 20th, 2022 at 1:00 PM ET
  2. Bidding will begin at an amount set (amount of Taxes due). Bid prices will be no less than the amount due for taxes and other charges. Bid amounts can be no more than three (3) times the assessed value of the property or the open charges, whichever is higher. Worcester does not have a bid premium.
  3. Only one bidder number will be assigned per person, corporation, partnership or other legal entity.
  4. Each bidder represents and warrants that the bidder is authorized to bid and ready, willing and financially able to consummate each sale at the price(s) bid and that each bid is a bona fide and good faith offer to purchase the Certificate of Sale for the property. Bidders acknowledge that this representation is material to the county's willingness to issue them a bidder identification number and to accept bids during the sale.
  5. The Treasurer or designee may at any time debar or suspend any bidder from further participating in any Tax Sale for disruption of the sale or violation of any terms of the sale.
  6. The Treasurer may refuse any bid which, in the Collector’s sole subjective discretion, will manifestly frustrate the objective and purpose of the Tax Sale.
  7. Any agreement, consent or conspiracy to suppress, predetermine, rig or fix the bidding at the Tax Sale is contrary to public policy and the Collector retains the power and authority to void any such bids received.
  8. Bidders are on notice that possibility exists that a certificate purchased at the Tax Sale may, upon subsequent inquiry, be determined to be invalid. In the event that a Certificate of Sale is subsequently invalidated, the purchaser will receive a refund of the amount paid at Tax Sale, but will receive NO redemption interest, or reimbursement of attorney fees, title search or other cost.
  9. Should any property be sold in error, the Certificate of Sale will immediately become void and the purchaser will be reimbursed only for any taxes and fees, advertising and miscellaneous costs paid on the date of the Tax Sale. No interest or other fees will be paid on the reimbursement, unless otherwise required by law.
  10. The redemption interest rate on properties sold at Worcester County's annual tax sale shall be 10% per year.
  11. These terms of sale are in addition to those terms and provisions set forth on the Certificate of Sale and other instructions of the Collector. In the event of any conflict, these terms of sale shall control.
  12. Each bidder agrees to the foregoing terms of sale, with the intention to be bound, and hereby declares and affirms, under the penalties of perjury and the penalties provided by law for false and fraudulent statements, that the information and representations set forth herein and provided to the County are true and correct.



  Bidder Accounts  
  Allow foreign bidder registrations     No
  Single simultaneous bidder rule     No
  Auction Information  
  Bidding style     Direct Bid Auction
  Live Bidding or Sealed Bidding Open Live Bidding
  Maximum High Bid Yes
  High-Bid Premium No
  Allow sub-accounts     No
  Automatic certificate rollup / rollup fee   --- ---
  Auction Dates and Times  
  Registration begins (site opens)**     04/14/2022 at 10:00 AM ET  
  Registration fees and Budgets begin     04/14/2022 at 10:00 AM ET  
  Bidding begins     05/18/2022 at 10:00 AM ET  
  Registration fees end       05/10/2022 at 4:00 PM ET   
  Participation Requirements  

  Set a budget  
  Pay the registration fee  

  Participation Requirements Due Date     05/10/2022 at 4:00 PM ET   
  Registrations end     05/10/2022 at 4:00 PM ET   
  First batch closes     05/20/2022 at 1:00 PM ET   
  Batch closing interval     60 Minutes
  Last batch closes     05/20/2022 at 1:00 PM ET  
  Auxiliary batch opens     N/A  
  Auxiliary batch closes     N/A  
  Payment due date     05/20/2022 at 4:00 PM ET   
  Budget, Deposit and Payment Information    
  Deposit or Budget required (% of estimated winnings)     100%
  Registration Fee     $100.00
  Registration Fee Refundable      Yes
  Registration Fee Applied to Winnings      No
  Deposit / Payment types acceptable:   Deposits Payments
      Budget    Yes ---
      ACH    Yes No
      ACH auto-debit final payment    --- Yes
      Wire transfers   No No
      Counter payments   No No
  Redemptions available via ACH?   No
  Public Access  
  Public computers available   No
  ** Subject to change. The site will open when approved by the County.  

For an explanation of any of the terms above, please visit the FAQs.


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