Miller County Collector -

Please Read and Acknowledge Notice

Buyer Beware!

It is your responsibility to know what you are bidding on and the associated laws to the tax sale process.

There are NO REFUNDS. All sales are final.

  1. Be sure you have researched the properties you intend to bid on. There may be some properties with federal, state, or other liens, hazardous conditions, or that are considered common areas. It is the responsibility of the bidder to research the property fully and understand how those conditions may impact your purchase.
  2. Non-tax liens or other obligations on the property may not be extinguished at the time of the auction or during any redemption period. We advise you to consult your attorney about liens and/or deeds of trust, etc. (RSMo 140.240)
  3. It is the responsibility of Tax Sale Bidder to understand the statutes associated to the Tax Sale Process. Since a court's interpretation of state statutes overrules any interpretation by the Collector's Office. The Collector cannot answer legal questions and no opinion of the Collector should be considered as legal advise.
  4. Cell Phones are not allowed to be used during the Tax Sale.
  5. Payment of Properties purchased at the Tax Sale must be paid immediately following the end of the sale in Collector's Office or said sale will be invalidated. In addition to the bid amount, we will be collecting $54 on each parcel purchased representing $27 for the Certificate of Purchase Recorder Fee and $27 for the Collector's Deed Recording Fee or Release of the Certificate of Purchase if the Purchaser does not meet the required obligations for obtaining the Collector's Deed.
  6. You will recieve the Certificate of Purchase (which is printed on blue paper) around the second week of September. Please put this in a safe place as you will need to submit it to the Collector's Office if the property is redeemed to receive your monies or when you are obtaining your Collector's Deed.
  7. There is a one (1) year redemption period starting from the day of the Tax Sale this year. After this one year period, you will be eligible to obtain a Collector's Deed if you meet the qualifications listed below. Failure of the purchaser to obtain a Collector's Deed within 1 year and 6 months (18 months) from the date of the Certificate of Purchase results in loss of the purchaser's lien on the property, during which time the property is eligible for redemption (RSMo. 140.340, 140.405, 140.410)
    • prior to applying for Collector's Deed you must have a Title Search Report conducted by a licensed attorney or licensed title search company.
    • AT LEAST ninety (90) days prior to the date when purchaser is "authorized to acquire the deed", purchaser shall notify the owners of record and any persons who hold a publicly recorded unreleased deed of trust, mortgage, lease, lien, judgement, or any other publicly recorded claim upon that real estate of such person's right to redeem the property.
    • Notification must be by BOTH First Class Mail AND First Class Certified Mail with Return Receipt Requested.
    • If BOTH First Class Mail and First Class Certified Mail is returned undeliverable, you will need to attempt additional notification.
    • If you have not met the requirements set forth in Statute 140.405, you will lose ALL interest in the property and monies paid. NO EXCEPTIONS
  8. If you purchase a 3rd Offering Property today, you will still need to have a title search performed and within forty-five (45) days after purchase notifying anyone who has an interest in property by both First Class AND First Class Certified Mail of the person's right to redeem the property within ninety (90) days from the postmark date on the notice.
  9. What you will need to turn into the Collector's Office to obtain a Collector's Deed:
    • Original Copy of Certificate of Purchase (blue paper)
    • Copy of ALL envelopes for First Class and First Class Certified notices as they appear immediately before mailing with certified stickers attached. It is purchasers responsibility to prove the date notices were sent and the names and addresses of where the notices were sent.
    • Copy of ACTUAL letter that was sent out for notice.
    • ALL returned original First Class Mail AND First Class Certified Mail unopened or signed return receipt cards (green).
    • Original Receipts for First Class Mailing AND First Class Certified Mail Postage
    • Original Title Search and Title Search PAID receipt
    • Documentation and receipts of attempts at additional notification.
    • Affidavit stating that you have performed all requirements to obtain Collector's Deed. This Affidavit will be mailed to you the next year and you will need to have it notarized when signed.
    • Pay Recording and Collection Fee. (Recording fees for First and Second offerings is $27 each which will collected as part of the Tax Sale Pucrhase close out. Third Sale properties are $30 each for recording fees of Collector's Deed.

All references to Missouri State Statutes above are also links to the associated Missouri State Statute website.


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