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New tax-forfeited properties up for auction

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New tax-forfeited properties are up for auction on the Secretary of State’s website. 

An online auction of 320 tax-forfeited properties in Hinds County valued at $1.9 million­ is now open.  Most of the available parcels are in the Pecan Park area of the city of Jackson, which touches Lynch, Capitol, and Prentiss Streets, and Ellis Avenue.

“We continue to work closely with the Mayor, City Council, and non-profit organizations to clean up blighted property and return parcels to the tax rolls.  Online auctions are one of the tools in our belt which help us reach these goals,” said Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, who launched online auctions in July 2016.  “Auctions are a great deal for buyers who receive valuable property at a fraction of market price, and sales benefit schools and the community.”

Bids may be submitted through the Secretary of State’s online auction portal until 11:59 p.m. CST on Wednesday, May 1.  To place a bid, a user is required to register online.  Users may view property details such as parcel location and an auction map.  Other information, such as auction dates, bid notices, and market values of the properties are also available online.  Successful bidders will be notified by e-mail as soon as possible once bids are placed, and payment of the bid amount must be paid within 5 to 7 days of notification.

Buyers will also be permitted to pay a “Buy It Now” price on any parcel, which allows them to purchase a property immediately instead of waiting until the end of the auction.

In recent years, successful auctions in Bay St. Louis, Bolivar County, Greenville, Greenwood, Jones County, Madison County McComb, Meridian, Pearl River County, Rankin County, Waveland, Vicksburg, Yazoo City, and many other communities, have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Mississippi schools, municipalities, and counties.

To learn more about tax-forfeited properties, visit the Secretary of State’s website or call the Public Lands Division at (601) 359-5156.

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