Iowa Tax Lien Certificates

Sale Type: Tax Lien Certificate
Interest Rate: 24% per annual
Bid Method: Random Selection, Rotational
Redemption Period: 1.75 years
Sale Date(s): 3rd Monday in June
Statute Section(s): Code of IA – Title X , CH 446 – 448
Over-the-Counter: No

Bidding Type:

Iowa uses a few types of bidding methods. The “bid down ownership” method, investors compete by bidding down how much of the property will be security for the lien. Using this system, in order for a lien holder to prosecute the foreclosure, they would have to file a court action to sell the property,and then divide the process based on the percentage of ownership they hold. Because of this system’s obvious flaws, counties utilize a “Rotational Bidding System” or a “Random Selection” method. In rotational bidding the county treasurer offers liens to investors based on a list of all investors present. When an investor comes next on the list, they are given the opportunity to purchase the lien being offered. If they choose to decline, the lien is then offered to the next investor listed. In the process of random selection investors are randomly drawn and given the choice to purchase the line being offered.

Redemption Period:

Iowa has a two year right of redemption. If the property owner does not pay all delinquent taxes, interest, penalties, and fees by one year and nine months into the redemption period, the investor may begin the process of terminating the right to redeem. The lien holder must file a “90 day notice of right of redemption affidavit”. If a lien holder fails to file a 90 day notice on a certificate after a period of 3 years from the date of sale, the county treasurer may cancel the lien.

Additional Information:

In the statutes, Iowa law states that the bid method used it suppose to be bid down the ownership of a property (although almost every county does random selection and rotational bidding). What that means is that you are bidding down the amount that backs a lien. So, if the property owner does not redeem in the said time, the investor is able to foreclose and own only the percentage of the property that they won the bid on.

The redemption period in this state does not automatically terminate, the lien holder is able to file after 1 year, 9 months, and can become the owner at 2 years if not redeemed. If the lien holder does nothing after three years they can lose their claim to the property.

Iowa Resources

Resource Description Instructions and Additional Information
State of Iowa website: Links to county websites.
Iowa State Association of Counties website: Contact information and websites, if such exists, for all 99 County Treasurers (plus other county officials in MSN Word document format).
Iowa State County Treasurers Association website: Contact information for all 99 County Treasurers.

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Iowa County Resource Directory

Everything you want to know that about Iowa Tax Line Certificates is a click away. In this table below, you can click on County for links to the County websites, click Census for U.S Census bureau information, see county auction types, population, and click the map image a detailed county map.

County Census Auction Type Population Map
Adair County 001  Tax Lien 7,682 State map highlighting Adair County
Adams County 003  Tax Lien 4,029 State map highlighting Adams County
Allamakee County 005  Tax Lien 14,330 State map highlighting Allamakee County
Appanoose County 007  Tax Lien 12,884 State map highlighting Appanoose County 
Audubon County 009  Tax Lien 6,119 State map highlighting Audubon County
Benton County 011  Tax Lien 26,076 State map highlighting Benton County
Black Hawk County 013  Tax Lien 131,090 State map highlighting Black Hawk County
Boone County 015  Tax Lien 26,306 State map highlighting Boone County
Bremer County 017  Tax Lien 24,276 State map highlighting Bremer County
Buchanan County 019  Tax Lien 20,958 State map highlighting Buchanan County
Buena Vista County 021  Tax Lien 20,260 State map highlighting Buena Vista County
Butler County 023  Tax Lien 14,867 State map highlighting Butler County
Calhoun County 025  Tax Lien 9,670 State map highlighting Calhoun County
Carroll County 027  Tax Lien 20,816 State map highlighting Carroll County
Cass County 029  Tax Lien 13,956 State map highlighting Cass County
Cedar County 031  Tax Lien 18,499 State map highlighting Cedar County
Cerro Gordo County 033  Tax Lien 44,151 State map highlighting Cerro Gordo County
Cherokee County 035  Tax Lien 12,072 State map highlighting Cherokee County
Chickasaw County 037  Tax Lien 12,439 State map highlighting Chickasaw County
Clarke County 039  Tax Lien 9,286 State map highlighting Clarke County
Clay County 041  Tax Lien 16,667 State map highlighting Clay County
Clayton County 043  Tax Lien 18,129 State map highlighting Clayton County
Clinton County 045  Tax Lien 49,116 State map highlighting Clinton County
Crawford County 047  Tax Lien 17,096 State map highlighting Crawford County
Dallas County 049  Tax Lien 66,135 State map highlighting Dallas County
Davis County 051  Tax Lien 8,753 State map highlighting Davis County
Decatur County 053  Tax Lien 8,457 State map highlighting Decatur County
Delaware County 055  Tax Lien 17,764 State map highlighting Delaware County
Des Moines County 057  Tax Lien 40,325 State map highlighting Des Moines County
Dickinson County 059  Tax Lien 16,667 State map highlighting Dickinson County
Dubuque County 061  Tax Lien 93,653 State map highlighting Dubuque County
Emmet County 063  Tax Lien 10,302 State map highlighting Emmet County
Fayette County 065  Tax Lien 20,880 State map highlighting Fayette County
Floyd County 067  Tax Lien 16,303 State map highlighting Floyd County
Franklin County 069  Tax Lien 10,680 State map highlighting Franklin County
Fremont County 071  Tax Lien 7,441 State map highlighting Fremont County
Greene County 073  Tax Lien 9,336 State map highlighting Greene County
Grundy County 075  Tax Lien 12,453 State map highlighting Grundy County
Guthrie County 077  Tax Lien 10,954 State map highlighting Guthrie County
Hamilton County 079  Tax Lien 15,673 State map highlighting Hamilton County
Hancock County 081  Tax Lien 11,341 State map highlighting Hancock County
Hardin County 083  Tax Lien 17,534 State map highlighting Hardin County
Harrison County 085  Tax Lien 14,928 State map highlighting Harrison County
Henry County 087  Tax Lien 20,145 State map highlighting Henry County
Howard County 089  Tax Lien 9,566 State map highlighting Howard County
Humboldt County 091  Tax Lien 9,815 State map highlighting Humboldt County
Ida County 093  Tax Lien 7,089 State map highlighting Ida County
Iowa County 095  Tax Lien 16,355 State map highlighting Iowa County
Jackson County 097  Tax Lien 19,848 State map highlighting Jackson County
Jasper County 099  Tax Lien 36,842 State map highlighting Jasper County
Jefferson County 101  Tax Lien 16,843 State map highlighting Jefferson County
Johnson County 103  Tax Lien 130,882 State map highlighting Johnson County
Jones County 105  Tax Lien 20,638 State map highlighting Jones County
Keokuk County 107  Tax Lien 10,511 State map highlighting Keokuk County
Kossuth County 109  Tax Lien 15,543 State map highlighting Kossuth County
Lee County 111  Tax Lien 35,862 State map highlighting Lee County
Linn County 113  Tax Lien 211,226 State map highlighting Linn County
Louisa County 115  Tax Lien 11,387 State map highlighting Louisa County
Lucas County 117  Tax Lien 8,898 State map highlighting Lucas County
Lyon County 119  Tax Lien 11,581 State map highlighting Lyon County
Madison County 121  Tax Lien 15,679 State map highlighting Madison County
Mahaska County 123  Tax Lien 22,381 State map highlighting Mahaska County
Marion County 125  Tax Lien 33,309 State map highlighting Marion County
Marshall County 127  Tax Lien 40,648 State map highlighting Marshall County
Mills County 129  Tax Lien 15,059 State map highlighting Mills County
Mitchell County 131  Tax Lien 10,776 State map highlighting Mitchell County
Monona County 133  Tax Lien 9,243 State map highlighting Monona County
Monroe County 135  Tax Lien 7,970 State map highlighting Monroe County
Montgomery County 137  Tax Lien 10,740 State map highlighting Montgomery County
Muscatine County 139  Tax Lien 42,745 State map highlighting Muscatine County
O’Brien County 141  Tax Lien 14,398 State map highlighting O'Brien County
Osceola County 143  Tax Lien 6,462 State map highlighting Osceola County
Page County 145  Tax Lien 15,932 State map highlighting Page County
Palo Alto County 147  Tax Lien 9,421 State map highlighting Palo Alto County
Plymouth County 149  Tax Lien 24,986 State map highlighting Plymouth County
Pocahontas County 151  Tax Lien 7,310 State map highlighting Pocahontas County
Polk County 153  Tax Lien 430,640 State map highlighting Polk County
Pottawattamie County 155  Tax Lien 93,158 State map highlighting Pottawattamie County
Poweshiek County 157  Tax Lien 18,914 State map highlighting Poweshiek County
Ringgold County 159  Tax Lien 5,131 State map highlighting Ringgold County
Sac County 161  Tax Lien 10,350 State map highlighting Sac County
Scott County 163  Tax Lien 165,224 State map highlighting Scott County
Shelby County 165  Tax Lien 12,167 State map highlighting Shelby County
Sioux County 167  Tax Lien 33,704 State map highlighting Sioux County
Story County 169  Tax Lien 89,542 State map highlighting Story County
Tama County 171  Tax Lien 17,767 State map highlighting Tama County
Taylor County 173  Tax Lien 6,317 State map highlighting Taylor County
Union County 175  Tax Lien 12,534 State map highlighting Union County
Van Buren County 177  Tax Lien 7,570 State map highlighting Van Buren County
Wapello County 179  Tax Lien 35,625 State map highlighting Wapello County
Warren County 181  Tax Lien 46,225 State map highlighting Warren County
Washington County 183  Tax Lien 21,704 State map highlighting Washington County
Wayne County 185  Tax Lien 6,403 State map highlighting Wayne County
Webster County 187  Tax Lien 38,013 State map highlighting Webster County
Winnebago County 189  Tax Lien 10,866 State map highlighting Winnebago County
Winneshiek County 191  Tax Lien 21,056 State map highlighting Winneshiek County
Woodbury County 193  Tax Lien 102,172 State map highlighting Woodbury County
Worth County 195  Tax Lien 7,598 State map highlighting Worth County
Wright County 197  Tax Lien 13,229 State map highlighting Wright County

Reference Site Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_counties_in_Iowa

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