Manufactured/Mobile Home Distraint Sale

Purchasing Distrained Manufactured / Mobile Homes

Tough collection provisions in the law direct Pierce County Finance Department to Distrain (seize and sell) manufactured / mobile homes when taxes become delinquent.

The 2017 auction will be held online and facilitated by Bid4Assets.  We have scheduled the auction for October 2, 2017.

Anyone considering buying property at the Distraint Sale should be aware that there are risks.

When selling a manufactured / mobile home, the Pierce County conveys the entirety of the interest that it is legally capable of transferring, unless otherwise noted. However, the County does not guarantee or provide warranty as to the extent of the interest. The County makes no guarantees whatsoever on manufactured / mobile homes sold at the Distraint Sale.

The prospective purchasers must do all research. No representation of any official or employee concerning the condition of the manufactured / mobile home or title thereto is authorized by Pierce County. It is your responsibility as a bidder to have investigated any manufactured / mobile home that you wish to bid on. Prospective purchasers are urged to examine the title, location, and desirability of the manufactured / mobile homes available to their own satisfaction prior to the sale. Owners maintain ownership of the property until the sale and have a right to privacy. 

This could include checking the Pierce County Assessor/Treasurer’s web site, doing an on-site inspection from the street or sidewalk, talking to a land/park owner and verifying if removal is required, etc. Some manufactured / mobile homes may be subject to specific requirements by other governmental agencies to make them suitable for habitat.

You must know exactly what you are bidding on. No sale will be overturned due to lack of research.

Manufactured / Mobile homes are sold subject to Federal Tax Liens, if any, when the items are up for bid.

Inventory lists will be available on this website and at the office of Finance Department before the auction, whenever an auction is scheduled. The list will be updated as needed online so individuals can determine which properties have been redeemed as the auction date nears. For more information contact the Distraint Department by calling 253-798-7458 or sending an email.

Manufactured / Mobile homes may be redeemed from distraint at any time up to 4:00 PM PT the workday (weekends and holidays excluded) prior to the auction by paying the total amount owing for tax, interest, penalties and cost. We do not know what is in the sale until the morning of the auction.


Bidder Information:

The manufactured / mobile homes are offered on an "as is" and "where is" basis, and the County makes no representation of warranty, expressed or implied, nor any guaranty of warranty, expressed or implied, as to the condition of title to any item nor the physical condition, occupied or vacant, of any manufactured / mobile home or its fitness for any use or purposes.

Only bids submitted via the Internet will be accepted. Pre-registration is required. Register on-line through the County Tax Sales website. Pierce County will not be registering bidders, accepting deposits, or accepting bids and all questions regarding registration will be directed to

All bidders must be at least 18 years of age.

A single $250.00 deposit & $35.00 processing fee is required to bid on all property in this auction. All deposits must be received by Bid4Assets no later than September 25, 2017 (4:00 PM ET/1:00PM PT). Bidders must register BEFORE they post their deposit in order to insure that the deposit process completes correctly. Please finalize your deposit well in advance of the auction to insure your eligibility to bid. All deposits will be accepted via wire transfer or by mailing a certified check to Bid4Assets.

If you are the successful bidder, your $250.00 deposit will be applied to your purchase price. If your deposit amount is in excess of the total amount of your purchase, a refund will be processed to you within 45 business days after the close of the sale.

If you are not a successful bidder, your $250.00 deposit & $35 processing fee will be refunded to you. This refund will be processed within 10 business days after the close of the sale.

If you are a successful bidder, but you fail to submit any balance due on your auction purchase to Pierce County by 4:00 PM PT Tuesday, October 3, 2017 via wire transfer, mail or in-person you will forfeit your deposit, processing fee and you will not become the owner of the subject manufactured / mobile home(s).

The successful bidder will be responsible for all title transfer fees through the Auditor’s Licensing Department. Bids on property will have a $46 title transfer fee. Bids on property that are located in a mobile home park with a bid amount $5000 and over will have an additional $100.00 title transfer fee. There is also a $10 Mobile Home Real Estate Excise Tax fee through the Auditor’s Excise Department. If the mobile home is to be moved, then sales tax will apply. These fees (except sales tax and $100 park fee) have been added to the minimum bid.

A bidder is legally and financially responsible for all parcels bid upon whether representing one’s self or acting as an agent. By 4:00 pm, PT, Tuesday, October 3, 2017 funds must be received by Pierce County via wire transfer, mail or in-person. All payments must be in the form of cash, cashier’s check or wire transfer. Payment in person will be accepted only at the Pierce County Finance office located at 950 Fawcett Avenue, Suite 100, Tacoma WA, 98402 between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm PT. If mailing overnight payment, send to Pierce County Finance Department, Attention MH Distraint, 950 Fawcett Avenue, Suite 100, Tacoma WA, 98402. Wire instructions are available to successful bidders only through the Bid4Assets website or can be received by contacting the distraint department at 253-798-7458. The Pierce County Finance Department reserves the right to pursue all available legal remedies against a non-paying bidder.

By Friday, October 6, 2017, successful bidders must complete the title information. The successful bidder will receive a manufactured / mobile home title without any expressed or implied warranty. This will be completed once a notarized Vehicle Certificate of Ownership (Title) Application is returned.

If a manufactured / mobile home remains unsold, Pierce County Finance Department may reopen the bidding to the registered bidders on October 10, 2017, closing on October 10, 2017 with funds due by 4:00 pm, PT October 11, 2017. By October 16, 2017, successful bidders must complete the title information.

Any cashier's check that is returned as non-negotiable by any financial institution for any reason whatsoever shall cause the sale of the subject parcel to be null and void. The property or properties shall be sold at a later date to be determined by Pierce County Finance Department.

Parcel listing, Terms of Sale, Assessed Values, Pictures, etc. are available the County Tax Sales website.

The parcel information is being updated daily and will not be finalized until the day of the sale.

Please read all due diligence materials and check Bid4Assets for all updates.

Please review ALL parcel information first before you contact any of the offices involved so you can ask informed questions.

No representation or warranty is made as to the existence or non-existence of any interest, liens, encumbrances, or condition, which may survive the sale under applicable law, whether known or unknown.

The items are offered on an "as is" and "where is" basis, and Pierce County makes no representation of warranty, expressed or implied, nor any guaranty of warranty, expressed or implied, as to the condition of title to any item nor the physical condition, occupied or vacant, of any item or its fitness for any use or purposes.

The Pierce County Finance Department will hold any proceeds from any sale in excess of the minimum bid for the owner, or his legal representative, subject to the County’s right to interplead said proceeds upon the presentation of conflicting claims or right, including claims of creditors.

Pierce County and its employees are not liable for the failure of any electronic equipment that may prevent a person from participating in the sale.

Pierce County does not warrant the accuracy, reliability, or timeliness of any information in this system and shall not be held liable for losses caused by using this information.

Use of this information by any person does so at his or her own risk.

I understand that Washington State Law, RCW 42.56.070 section (9) prohibits the use of lists of individuals for “commercial purposes.”

I understand that the use for “commercial purposes” of said records may also violate the rights of the individual(s) named therein and may subject me to liability for such commercial use.

I understand that “commercial purposes” means that the person requesting the record intends that the list will be used for general business purposes, including but not limited to communicating with the individual(s) named in the record for the purpose of facilitating profit expecting activity.

I acknowledge and agree to the prohibitions listed in RCW 42.56.070 section (9) against releasing and/or using lists of individuals for commercial purposes when I click the “I Accept” box to access these records. 

I acknowledge and agree to the prohibitions listed in RCW 42.56.070 section (9) against releasing and/or using lists of individuals for commercial purposes when I click the “I ACCEPT” box to access these records.

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