Tax Lien Foreclosures

The Snohomish County Treasurer conducts an ONCE A YEAR Tax Lien Foreclosure Auction, pursuant to RCW CHAPTER 84.64. This annual sale of property includes parcels with taxes that are 3 full years old and delinquent (meaning if the full year 2016 or any prior years are unpaid as of January 2019) and is held online at  

The 2019 auction will be held December 4, 2019. Properties not sold, or for which payment is not received on Dec 4th will be re-offered on December 11, 2019. The LIST OF PROPERTIES CURRENTLY IN THE 2019 SNOHOMISH COUNTY TAX LIEN FORECLOSURE AUCTION is available on-line at along with the Terms of Sale. That is the only venue for viewing the 2019 property list.



•    If properties are paid by the CURRENT OWNER between the posting of the list and the sale date, they will be noted as “WITHDRAWN”. The Auction folders are updated every weekend and the morning of the actual sale date. The Excel list on Bid4Assets does NOT get updated. You must look at each parcel under the ‘Auction folder’ to see if it has been Withdrawn at ANY TIME before the sale.

•    You MUST PRE-REGISTER 2 WEEKS IN ADVANCE- by Nov 27, 2019 and pay a $2,000.00 deposit on Bid4Assets to be eligible to bid at the sale. See Bid4Assets for more information.  

•    Minimum bid amounts and property information and foreclosure title reports are available on the Bid4Assets web pages, along with links to Snohomish Co. Assessor maps. Title reports are for Foreclosure notice purpose and use, and are NOT to be relied on for personal use or as a basis for determining whether or not to bid on a parcel.

•    YOU MUST READ AND AGREE TO the 2019 Snohomish County Terms of Sale on Bid4Assets.

Public record requests for ‘Foreclosure Lists’ or ‘Foreclosure Information’-prior or current year-please see the ‘Request for Foreclosure Information’ page. NOTE-there is an 2019 Excel list on Bid4Assets-see above disclaimer!!

Homeowners with property IN TAX FORECLOSURE and prospective BUYERS OF TAX PROPERTIES: please see the ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ page.

Note: Property that is foreclosed by banks, mortgage companies and other lenders is often sold at ‘Trustee’s Sale’ or ‘Sheriff Sale’ ON THE SNOHOMISH COUNTY COURTHOUSE STEPS ON FRIDAYS. The Treasurer office does NOT have information on those lending agency foreclosures. You may search the Snohomish County Auditor/Recorded Documents for a “Notice of Trustee Sale” and contact the Trustee (the business doing the Foreclosure sale) for information about their sales. For questions regarding the surplus funds generated by these sales, contact the Clerk of the Snohomish County Superior Court at 425 388-3466 (Trustee Sale) or the Sheriff Civil Unit at 425 388-3522 (Sheriff Levy Sale).