Definition of "Tax sale"

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Darren Davis, Real Estate Agent Engel & Volkers

When a property owner defaults on his or her tax payments, the taxing jurisdiction may force a liquidation of the property or tax sale for the purpose of collecting the owed real estate taxes. Many states have laws that provide for a redemption period in which the property owner may redeem the property that was sold if the purchase price, back taxes, and other related costs are paid in a specified period of time following the tax sale.

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