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County Opens Registration For Year’s Second Property Auction

San Diego County Treasurer/Tax Collector, Dan McAllister, stands beside a cha...

Above: San Diego County Treasurer/Tax Collector, Dan McAllister, stands beside a chart of how the County spent its property tax money in 2009 on March 30, 2010.

San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister opened registration Tuesday for a property auction to sell leftover properties from the county's last property auction in April.

The county is making 258 timeshares, 20 homes or businesses and 35 tracts of land available for bids during the auction, which will run from July 12-17.

During the April auction, the county sold 286 parcels of land for roughly $2.6 million.

"Our online auction allows us to reach bidders from across the U.S.," McAllister said. "During our April auction, we saw buyers from across California, Arizona, Utah, Michigan, Missouri, Maryland, Colorado, Nevada, New York and Florida."

The county puts properties up for auction once the owner has defaulted on paying property taxes for at least five years. Current owners whose property may be up for auction can claim their parcels of land until July 11 at 5 p.m. by paying their defaulted taxes and the associated fees.

People seeking to register for the upcoming auction can do so at by paying a refundable $1,000 deposit and a non-refundable $35 processing fee. Bidders must register by July 3.

"We want to give prospective buyers another shot at buying a piece of beautiful San Diego County," McAllister said. "Most of the available properties are timeshares -- all starting at $100 -- so we want to encourage people across the country to take advantage of these great deals."


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