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Frequently Asked Questions

1. When are auctions held? When is the next auction?

There is no set time of year when auctions occur. Notifications regarding auction dates and information will be sent one month prior to the actual auction. Please sign up to be notified by sending an email to

2. Where are auctions held?

Auctions are held at the Linn County Courthouse at a previously scheduled date and time.  For more resources on the auction process, please see Auction Info.

3. How do I find out if the property has liens?

The County does NOT guarantee there are no liens against the property. A good place to start is to contact the Clerks office to find out information about a specific property. The Clerks number is 541-967-3829.

4. If I purchase a property, do I have to pay the back taxes to the County?

No. You must pay the bid amount and any recording fees.

5. How do I find out what the property taxes will be if I purchase a foreclosed property from the County?

County owned foreclosed properties are exempt from property taxes (ORS 308.156). After a property is sold, the Linn County Assessment & Tax Department will recalculate the property taxes.  For questions regarding property taxes, please contact the Linn County Assessment & Tax Department at 541-967-3808.

6. How do I get a map of a property? OR

How do I find out tax history and other details?

PDF’s are preloaded for each property on our auction list. Click on Auction List, then click the property you are interested in.

You can also look up any property using the links provided under Maps/Info. Follow the instructions on that page.

7. How do I bid on a property?

See bid instructions.

8. How will I know when an auction occurs?

Beginning approximately one month prior to the sale date, a Notice of Sale will be published, once per week for 4 weeks, in the legal ad section of the Albany Democrat-Herald newspaper. Information will also be posted on the Linn County Property Management Website under Auction Info”.

For those signed up for the email mailing list, a property auction listing will be sent one month prior to auction date.

9. Can I sign up for a hard copy mailing list?

We are no longer sending out a hard copy mailing list. The information will instead be available online and by email notification.

If you would like to sign up for our email distribution list please send an email to Email notifications are sent once per auction, one month prior to the auction date. To receive an email notification the individual will need to have been signed up at least one month prior to the auction date.

10. Why haven’t I received a property auction list when I’m on the mailing list?

The mailing list is only for Linn County Foreclosed Property Sales. You will not receive a list for auctions held by any other County departments, companies or individuals.

11. Can I submit a sealed bid?

Properties must meet certain qualifications to be sold by Private Sale. Properties that do not sell at a public auction may be sold by private sale. Properties may also be sold by private sale if the real market value is less than $15,000 AND the property is NOT buildable. You must follow the instructions for private sale (sealed bids).

12. How do I know if my sealed bid is accepted?

You will receive a letter letting you know whether or not your sealed bid was accepted. If your sealed bid was NOT accepted, your letter will come certified and will include your cashier’s check deposit returned to you.

13. I have a question or special request on a specific property. What do I do?

We recommend looking up the property on the Assessment & Tax site to gather all info first. You can also look up maps on your own. Please see Maps/Info tab and follow instructions.

If you a special request regarding a specific property please put your request in writing and email it to

Still have questions?

You can email us your question at