Bidding at Auctions

All Parcels are offered at public sale and sold to the highest bidder. If you plan to attend and bid, please complete the Land Sale Auction Registration Form and bring with you on the day of the sale or e-mail it to to be able to receive a bid number.  The starting bid is the basic sale price, which is shown on the Tax Forfeited Public Sale Listing and more information is included on the Open House Schedule for Tax Forfeited Properties in Nobles County FLYER . The basic sale price is equal to the value set by the County Board plus any extra charges for special assessments levied after forfeiture and for hazardous waste control.  All parcels are sold "AS IS." Property taxes will also begin the year following the sale. The following fees are required with the parcel:

  • 3% surcharge on Sale Price
  • State Deed fee of $25
  • Deed filing fee/County Recording fee of $46
  • Deed Tax of a minimum of $1.65 for sales up to $3,000 or (Sale price X .0033)
  • Special Assessments due at the time of sale
  • Well Disclosure Certificate fee of $50 (if applicable)
  • Any county administrative costs

It is the buyer's obligation to do whatever is necessary to comply with the law and pay the necessary fees.  All sales are final with no refunds or exchanges allowed.


The buyer will receive a receipt at the time of the sale once the purchase is paid in full via cash or certified check. The Department of Revenue will issue a state deed (same as a quitclaim deed and is not a warranty deed).

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The Minnesota Department of Health strongly recommends that ALL homebuyers have an indoor radon test performed prior to purchase or taking occupancy and recommends having the radon levels mitigated if elevated radon concentrations are found. Elevated radon concentrations can easily be reduced by a qualified, certified, or licensed, if applicable, radon mitigator. Every buyer of an interest in residential real property is notified that the property may present exposure to dangerous levels of indoor radon gas that may place the occupants at risk of developing radon-induced lung cancer. Radon, a Class A human carcinogen, is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers and the second leading cause overall. The seller of any interest in residential property is required to provide the buyer with any information on radon test results of the dwelling.

Nobles County is not aware of any radon testing conducted on residential properties listed in this tax-forfeited land for public sale list. Nobles County is not aware of radon records, concentration levels or if a radon mitigation system is in place on any of the previously listed parcels for sale.

.... More information will be posted as it becomes available. All information on this page is subject to change until the start of the sale.