The Riverside County Treasurer-Tax Collector's Office is going digital to auction tax-defaulted homes and land, it was announced Thursday.
Treasurer Don Kent said the agency's annual online auction of timeshares seized as a result of past-due property tax bills will, for the first time, include 187 residential home and vacant land parcels.
Such physical assets are usually put on the auction block every March at the Riverside Convention Center, where people or their representatives must show up in person to place bids. Last summer, the convention center was largely demolished in a major renovation and the new structure won't be completed until later this year.
"With the convention center unavailable, this offers an opportunity to determine whether an online-only auction is an effective way to sell all types of properties," Kent said. "The Internet is a great tool to reach a wider audience of buyers and place more properties back into current status on the tax roll."
The all-property auction is set for Jan. 31 and will conclude on Feb. 4. Prospective bidders can view assets and enter bids at http://www.Bid4Assets.com/Riverside.
Nearly 200 vacation timeshares will also be available.
A $1,500 deposit is required to participate in the property auction, and a separate $1,500 deposit to participate in the timeshare unit auction, according to Kent.
He said bidding will start at $1,520 for all timeshares and $1,822 for all parcels and homes.
Those without Internet access can request off-line bid forms by contacting Bid4Assets at 877-427-7389.
—City News Service