Properties certified to the Commissioner of State Lands that are offered at the initial public auction but do not sell are made available for sale through the Post Auction Sales processthirty(30) days from the date of the initial public offering.These properties are available for sale by submitting all delinquent taxes, penalties, interest and costs due along with a completed validOffer to Purchaseform from the COSL office. Properties are offered on a first come, first serve basis; however, additional competitive bidding may be required to complete a sale if two or more qualifying agreements arrive on the same day.
The delinquent owner of record maintains the right to redeem these land(s)ten(10) business daysfollowing the official post auction sale date set by the COSL. If property is redeemed within the prescribed period, purchasers will receive a full refund of the purchase price paid, no interest accruing.
**NOTE** - Offers to purchase created after August 1st, will contain the current years taxes
The Commissioner of State Lands office has partnered with DataScoutPro.com to provide county property records to interested parties. This service is provided free of charge, and is intended to assist you with your parcel research. This service is available on the auction catalog and negotiated sales list. Click the parcel number link to view the data. DataScoutPro.com data will display in a separate window.
DataScoutPro is now providing parcel mapping. This feature is only available in counties that DataScoutPro has GIS data available. DataScoutPro will provide parcel level mapping and county wide mapping where available
Research the properties you intend to purchase prior to requesting forms or submitting payment.The COSL cannot guarantee the location, size, access or existence of land(s) offered for sale. Additionally, the COSL cannot guarantee title. All liens and encumbrances are not necessarily extinguished by tax sales.
Upon your decision to purchase a parcel, you must first request an Offer to Purchase form from the COSL. This form may be requested by phone, email, or in person at our office located at1020 West 4th Street, 5th Floor, Little Rock, AR 72201. Forms may also be printed from our website.
Complete and sign the ‘Offer to Purchase’ and submit it along with your payment to our mailing address:
Commissioner of State Lands
State Capitol Building
500 Woodlane Street, STE 109
Little Rock, AR 72201
You may also submit completed offers with payment in person at our physical location:
Commissioner of State Lands
1020 W. 4th St, 5th Floor
Little Rock, AR 72201
*Payments must match the amount shown on the Offer to Purchase form
Once a properly completed offer and payment are received, the COSL will remove the parcel from the Post Auction Sales List. No additional offer forms may be accepted after that day. Once again, properties are offered on a first come, first serve basis. Postmarks will not be accepted, forms must be received in our office, along with payment, before or on the same day as other qualifying offers. The Commissioner also reserves the right to reject any or all offers.Purchasers can expect the sale process to require a minimum of sixty (60) days to complete, and can be broken down into three distinct periods.
Once an offer is received…
1. A minimum of Ten (10) business daysare reserved for offer acceptance and notice preparation
2. Thirty (30) calendar daysare reserved for delivery and notification.
3. Ten (10) business daysare prescribed for the redemption period following the sale date.
If the property is not redeemed by the completion of the redemption period, aLimited Warranty Deedwill be issued to the purchaser.
If two (2) or more qualifying Offer to Purchase forms are submitted with payment for an active parcel on the same day, the COSL will hold all offers and payments. The COSL will notify all qualifying purchasers by regular mail that additional bidding will be required and, the winning bid will be awarded to the highest bidder. Purchasers must respond withinten (10) business daysof the submission of their initial offer with an additional offer. The offer must include the revised Offer to Purchase form and matching additional funds. Postmarks will not be accepted. Payments and forms must be in our office, asdeadlines are strictly enforced. The sale date will be set thirty (30) days from the acceptance of the highest offer, and a ten (10) business day redemption period will follow.
Negotiated Sales are properties sold through the Post Auction Sales process wheremore than two (2) years have elapsed since the initial public auction, and are open to consideration of all reasonable offers. Offers must be submitted with a valid Offer to Purchase form and payment in full. Negotiated Sales are subject to review by the Commissioner before acceptance. If the offer is deemed ‘unreasonable’ the Commissioner may immediately reject the offer and leave the property available to all bidders. If considered, but not accepted, the Commissioner may counter by mail with an acceptable bid. In this case, the parcel shall be set as ‘Pending Sale’ and removed from the list. If the purchaser agrees to the counter-offer, he/she must sign and submit the Commissioner’s counter-offer with payment to the COSL within the ten (10) business days of the Commissioner’s counter-offer. Submission’s received after this date will not be accepted, and the parcel shall once again be made available on our list.Like all Post Auction Sales, Negotiated Sales will have a scheduled sale date thirty (30) days from the date of acceptance by the Commissioner and a subsequent ten (10) business day redemption period.
Acceptable payment methods include: personal check, certified funds (such as a cashier’s check or money order), or if paying in person: cash or credit card. Payments must be accompanied by a valid Offer to Purchase form, and match the total amount due listed on the form. Payments made with insufficient funds will cancel the sale, and the purchaser may no longer be allowed to purchase properties from the COSL.
If a property is redeemed or if a sale is overturned or cancelled, payments submitted by purchasers will be refunded in full by check, made payable to and mailed to the entity from whom the payment was received. Please allow thirty (30) days for your refund to be processed.
By statute, sales by the COSL are subject to aninety (90) day litigation periodfrom the date the Limited Warranty Deed was issued. Depending on circumstances, there may be no time limitation on the former owner or interested party’s right to challenge the sale in court. It is recommended that purchasers make no major changes or improvements to properties before the expiration of the litigation period. Furthermore, it is advisable that purchasers seek legal consultation to establish stronger title to properties purchased through tax sale. Once again,the COSL cannot guarantee title.