Property Auctions

List of Tax-Forfeited Real Property

Property IDAddressLegal DescriptionBasic Sale PriceAssessments Subject to Reassessment
34.095.0090Vacant lot at:
204 S Main Street
Austin, MN 55912
S1/2 LOT 3 & N15.6FT LOT 4 BLOCK 2 BERRYS ADDN $3963.21$22,118.04
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This list was last updated June 29, 2021.

Terms for the Sale of Tax-Forfeited Land in Mower County

Conditions of Sale

  • All property is sold in “AS IS” condition.
  • Subject to any existing leases, building restrictions, and to easements previously obtained by any governmental subdivision or agency thereof for any public purpose.
  • The purchaser understands and agrees that no representations have been made regarding the real property’s soil conditions, including but not limited to load bearing, compaction, contamination of any type, buildability or any other conditions, by the Seller, Mower County, on behalf of the State of Minnesota, or the Seller’s employees or agents. A potential purchaser must obtain authorization from Mower County to perform soil testing, at their own expense, before purchasing a parcel by completing a Hold Harmless Agreement provided by the Auditor-Treasurer’s office.
  • Mower County is not responsible for locating or determining property lines or boundaries.


Most mortgages and liens, except Federal and State tax liens, are cancelled at forfeiture. It is the responsibility of each potential bidder to thoroughly research this information and learn which mortgages and liens, if any, may remain in effect following the forfeiture.


The purchaser will receive a receipt at the time of the sale. The Commissioner of the Department of Revenue will issue a deed from the State of Minnesota after full payment is made. The law provides that this conveyance has the force and effect of a patent from the State. However, services of an attorney may be necessary to make the title marketable. In addition, all mineral rights are permanently reserved to the State of Minnesota.

Basic Sale Price

All parcels are offered at public auction and sold to the highest bidder. The minimum bid acceptable is the basic sale price, which is equal to the appraised value plus any extra charges for special assessments levied after forfeiture as shown on the list of tax-forfeited land. The sale price is not negotiable. All sales are final, and no refunds or exchanges are permitted.

Special Assessments

If a parcel has special assessments cancelled at forfeiture, as indicated on the list, the proceeds of the sale, less the administrative costs, will be first applied toward the cancelled assessment. The municipality may reassess any remaining balance.

Payment Terms

  • Sale of $1,000 or less - Full payment at sale to “Mower County”
  • Sale of $1,000 or more - 20% down with balance due within three business days

Extra Fees & Costs

The following extra fees will be collected when the basic sale price is paid in full:

  • Recording Fee - $46
  • State Surcharge - 3% of the basic sale price
  • State Deed Fee - $25
  • State Deed Tax - $0.0033 times purchase price or $1.65 when purchase price is $3,000 or less

Requirements to Complete Purchase

  • Provide planned use of the property.
  • Provide proof of identification – Driver’s License, State Identification Card or US Passport
  • Provide social security number or federal employer identification number (FEIN) of all buyers as needed for the electronic Certificate of Real Estate Value (eCRV) form.

Signature Requirements

Corporations - If the property is purchased in the name of a corporation, an officer or officers of the corporation must be present to provide proof of signatory authority and to sign on behalf of the corporation.

Individuals - If the property is purchased in more than one name, all parties must be present at the time of sale to sign all documents if power of attorney is not provided

Power of Attorney - Any individual, business entity, or non-profit organization buying property from the County for another individual or group of individuals will not be allowed to sign the required documents unless proof of power of attorney is provided

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the process, you may contact Scott Felten, Mower County Auditor-Treasurer, at 507-437-9457.