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Dane County Tax Deed Auction List

In a separate, sealed envelope, each bid must include a completed Dane County Tax Deed Auction Bid Form enclosed with 10% of the bid for earnest deposit for each bid for each parcel and clearly addressed in the following format:

Dane County Treasurer
% TAX SALE BID (opening: MM/DD/YYYY)
210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. #114
Madison, WI 53703-3342

Bid forms can be obtained online via the links provided with each parcel listing or in-person from the Dane County Treasurer’s Office. Each separately sealed bid shall include a completed Dane County Tax Deed Auction Bid Form enclosed with 10% of the bid for earnest deposit. The earnest deposit and the balance of the successful bid will only be accepted in the form of cash or cashier’s check. The parcel shall be properly identified on the bid form. The clearly marked, sealed bid envelope will be accepted in the Dane County’s Treasurer’s Office if received by the bid due date and time indicated for the respective parcel. More complete descriptions of the parcels for sale are linked with each parcel listing and can be reviewed at the Dane County Treasurer’s Office.

Bids will be awarded according to the following criteria:

  1. Only bids at or exceeding the appraised value;
  2. Only bidders with no unpaid real estate delinquencies in Dane County;1
  3. Only bidders not involved with the tax deed process administration (auction included);
  4. Dollar amount of the bid;
  5. Bidder access to the property; and
  6. Earliest received bid (if all other criteria equal).

1If the Bidder is a Limited Liability Company, Corporation, or any other type of business entity, then its bid will only be accepted if no member, stockholder, or other owner of the business entity has any delinquent real estate taxes in Dane County, and no other business entity owned by any member, stockholder, or other owner of the Bidder has any delinquent real estate taxes in Dane County.

The successful bidder will be sent notification within forty-eight (48) hours of the subject bid opening. The notice will be sent via certified mail to the successful bidder (or representative of the bidder if applicable) as identified on the bid form. All other deposits will be returned to the respective bidders. Please be advised that US Postal Service delivery time may vary.

All purchase transactions must be completed within ten (10) days of receiving the bid award notification letter. If there is a default, the 10% earnest money will be kept by Dane County, and the Dane County Treasurer will send notice within forty-eight (48) hours to the next successful bidder. Upon receiving the notification letter, the next successful bidder will have ten (10) days to complete the transaction. The successful bidder is responsible for any costs associated with recording the quit claim deed with the Register of Deeds.

Please note that to combine an auctioned parcel with a neighboring parcel, both properties must be listed as the same owner/s. So, the “Legal Name of the Bidder” should be identical to what is listed on the neighboring parcel.

Answers to many questions can be found here: FAQ

Important: It is the bidder’s responsibility to...

  1. Investigate properties prior to putting in a bid to Dane County.
  2. Check with the municipality for any outstanding special assessments or charges; and
  3. Research for additional information not included in the advertisement.
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* Please note that by providing the committee reports, Dane County makes no warranties, either express or implied, as to the appropriateness, inappropriateness or potential of the identified parcels for real estate or any other development. These reports were prepared for the internal use of the Personnel and Finance Tax Deed Subcommittee to provide insight into the potential value of such parcels in light of key considerations. The information contained therein is not intended for detailed, site-specific analysis. All information is believed accurate but is NOT guaranteed to be without error. These reports do not guarantee the right to build. As in all cases, county and local permits and approvals may be required as applicable. Dane County assumes no responsibility whatsoever for direct, indirect, special, consequential, exemplary or other damages.

Legal Advice is not given by the Treasurer's office.

  1. Parcels are sold as-is, with no guarantees of access or use.
  2. No abstract or title insurance will be provided by the County.
  3. Parcels are sold subject to any easements, rights of way or restrictions.
  4. Parcels are sold with a Quit Claim Deed. Establishment of property boundaries is the responsibility of the purchaser. The successful bidder is responsible for any costs associated with recording the quit claim deed with the Register of Deeds. The County’s only obligation is that of a quit claim grantor.

Additional property information can be found at Access Dane.

Contact the County Treasurer at treasurer@countyofdane.com and I will try to assist you.

Thank you,
Adam Gallagher