Public Auction Process

Bid List
The foreclosure minimum bid list is available online or at the Treasurer's Office after the Certificate of Delinquency is filed. All bidders/agents must register and be present at the public auction. Pre-registration may be made online or at the Treasurer's Office one week prior to the auction or at least 30 minutes prior to the sale. No changes to the registration can be made after the sale. There is no registration fee.

The Treasurer's Certificate of Delinquency is filed with the San Juan County Clerk. The Notice and Summons for parcels that have not been redeemed will be published in the legal notices of the County's designated legal newspaper. The property against which judgment is rendered will be sold unless redeemed prior to the close of the business day before the day of sale.

Terms of Sale
A copy of the terms of sale are provided at registration. Each bidder will be required to read and sign a copy of the terms of sale before being issued a bidder number card. A bidder number card is required to bid at the sale.

The ferry schedule is available online from the State of Washington and changes periodically. We do not allow for travel delays so please plan ahead.

Acceptable Bidding
Only cash, cashier's checks, and money orders payable in US$ to "San Juan County Treasurer" are acceptable tender. Absolutely no personal checks and no business checks will be accepted. The auctioneer will announces the minimum bid for each parcel. The minimum bid includes all unpaid property taxes, interest, penalty, applicable foreclosure costs and assessments normally collected by the county Treasurer. Bids are made in increments of no less than $100.

These are oral auctions. To bid, you must hold up your issued bidder card and call out the bid amount. Each parcel is sold to the highest bidder. When a bid has been accepted, the successful bidder must immediately step forward and pay in full. No time is allowed for bidders to leave the sale to get funds and return, no matter how quickly this might be accomplished.

If full payment is not made as required, the parcel is immediately re-auctioned at the minimum bid. A successful bidder who does not pay will not be permitted to bid on this parcel or subsequent parcels at the auction.

The current year bid sheet is available upon request. Requests for information may be made in person, email, or mail to: 
San Juan County Treasurer
Attention: Foreclosure
P.O. Box 639
Friday Harbor, WA 98250-0639

For a response to written requests, a stamped, self-addressed envelope is required.