Real and Personal Property Auctions

The Orange County Tax Collector uses the In Rem method of foreclosure, in accordance with North Carolina General Statute 105-375.
After the Tax Office has exhausted all other means of collection, properties are seized and then auctioned off.

Current Properties for Auction

Next Sale Date: JANUARY 23, 2019 at 12:01pm

To be held at the Orange County Courthouse Steps, 106 E. Margaret Lane Hillsborough NC

Below is a list of properties currently being foreclosed: All are sold subject to 2019 taxes that are not covered under this judgment. Purchaser will be responsible for taxes not included in the judgment. 

  • PIN #9866548407, County of Orange v. Mary Alice Watkins Crawford, Edna Nevilles Watkins Wallace, Linda Watkins Brooks, Margaret Watkins – File # 18 M 256; Legal Description: BEGINNING at a stake in the East right of way line of N.C. Highway No. 86 at the Southwest corner of the Suzan Purley Heirs corner and the Northwest corner of Lot No. 1 as shown on Plat hereinafter referred to, running thence along and with the South line of the Suzan Purley Heirs property South 87 deg. 35 min. East 487 feet to a stake in Othel Thompson’s line; thence with the West line of said Thompson South 2 deg. 25 min. West 154.5 feet to a stake, the Northeast corner of Lot No. 2 as shown on said Plat; running thence along the North line of Lot No. 2 North 87 deg. 35 min. West 439.75 feet to a stake in the East right of way line of N.C. Highway No. 86; thence along and with said right of way line of said Highway North 14 deg. 51 min. West 163 feet to a stake, the place or point of beginning, containing 1.65 acres, more or less, and being Lot No. 1 as shown on Map showing division of a part of the Maggie Warren Property located about four miles north if the Town of Hillsboro in Hillsboro Township, Orange County, N.C., as surveyed and platted September 29, 1956, by Robert A. Jones, Registered Surveyor, which said plat is recorded in the office of the Register of Deeds of Orange County in Plat Book 6, at Page 42, and being a part of the property conveyed by deed dated January 17, 1934, from Susan Purley (widow) to Maggie Warren, which said deed is recorded in Office of the Register of Deeds of Orange County in Deed Book 101, at page 332. (PIN# 9866548407, see Deed Book 160 Page 301 Orange County Registry). Starting Bid $8,200.00 subject to change.

Property Auction Information

Tax foreclosures are held throughout the year. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department conducts each sale at the courthouse steps located at:
106 E Margaret Lane
Hillsborough, NC 27278

The Notices of Sale are advertised for two weeks prior to the sale in the News of Orange or in the Chapel Hill Herald.

Bidding Process

The highest bidder at public sale shall be required to pay in full (not make a deposit) the amount of the successful bid at the conclusion of the execution sale (subject to the confirmation of the sale as by law provided). The successful bid amount shall be paid in cash or certified funds (payable to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department). 

The Sheriff’s office may, in its discretion, determine and allow a reasonable time within which to deliver the successful bid amount to that office. The successful bidder shall also be responsible for the payment of any excise tax due to the Register of Deeds office, and all recording fees at the appropriate time.

Upset Bid

There is a ten day upset bid period in which the high bid may be upset by filing an Upset Bid with the Orange County Clerk of Court. The Upset Bid must be in cash or by certified funds in an amount greater than or equal to 5% of the amount of the Upset Bid but in any event not less than $750 dollars. The Upset Bid must be filed with the Orange County Clerk of Court by 5 p.m. on the tenth day after the filing of the Report of Sale. If the tenth day is a Sunday or a legal holiday or a day which the office of the clerk is not open then the deposit may be made the following business day. 

After the ten day upset bid period expires successfully with no upset bid made the Order of Confirmation is filed and the Orange County Sheriff will execute a Non-Warranty Sheriff’s Deed. The total amount of the upset bid in full is due upon delivery of the Sheriff’s Deed. 

If you have specific questions regarding Tax  Foreclosures in Orange County or regarding a particular property please contact Valerie Curry, Deputy Tax Collector for Orange County at 919-245-2732 or email Valerie Curry.

  • Properties sold may be subject to IRS Tax Liens, City/County Taxes for any years not covered under our judgment, and other restrictions of record.
  • It is your responsibility to research and obtain information regarding the property, prior to the sale.
  • The deed description may include portions of land that have already been sold off by the current owner and are NOT subject to the sale.

Mobile Home Sales

  1. Valerie Curry

    Revenue Collections Manager
    Phone: 919-245-2732