This three-bedroom ranch home assessed at $121,600, was among 65 or so properties sold at a previous tax-sale auction.
Far more property owners in Warren County are apparently facing financial trouble this year than in 2011, considering the number of distressed properties to be sold off soon to recover delinquent taxes.
About 65 properties, including about 16 homes, are to be auctioned off for non-payment of taxes in a public sale set for 10 a.m. Saturday Oct. 20.
The number of properties to be auctioned off by Warren County is about double last years’ number. County officials said they do not know why the number is far higher than in 2011. Last year, 28 properties were auctioned off in the annual sale.
Three of the residences to be auctioned off are owner-occupied, according to county Treasurer Michael Swan.
The list of properties was higher several months ago, but has been whittled down as county officials have been accepting late payments and making payment arrangements to avoid taking properties away from owners. In an effort to keep people in their homes, county officials are continuing up through Friday Oct. 19 to accept payments, county Treasurer Michael Swan said Monday Oct. 15.
As of Monday, the properties to be auctioned include large wooded parcels of up to 70 acres, a plot with docking rights on Brant Lake, and nearly a dozen vacant building lots in subdivisions — two in wealthy neighborhoods.
Updated booklets of properties to be auctioned can be obtained at the county Real property office, in Warren County Municipal Center.
Two of the properties are wooded lots that are landlocked due to the Northway. One is a 17 acre plot east of I-87 in the town of Bolton and assessed at $8,800, and the other is 29 acres in Queensbury west of the Northway, assessed at $29,300. Another large plot, a 66-acre wooded parcel — believed to be a good for hunting — is located off 33 Pucker St. in Warrensburg.
Two far smaller lots, one 15-acre wooded plot, and the other, appearing to be a 18-acres of meadow lands — both off Hardscrabble Road in the town of Chester — are also on the sale roster.
Curiously, an alley assessed at $12,600 and just south of the Caldwell-Lake George Library is up for sale. The oddball plots include a boat slip on Brant lake off Palisades Road, a mere one-hundredth of an acre.
The residential parcels with houses are scattered through the county.
Among them are a townhome on Prospect St. in Lake George valued at $187,000;
Also listed is a three-bedroom two-story house with a basement and detached garage at 61 Foster Flats Road in the town of Chester — it’s assessed at $118,400.
Also up for sale is a two-story, four-bedroom home at 574 Hayesburg Road in the town of Horicon — assessed for $100,800; a cottage on 11 acres at 216 Padanarum Road in the town of Horicon accessed at $44,900; a four-bedroom home with a detached garage at 3499 state Rte. 8 in the town of Johnsburg; and just down the highway a two-story house at 3494 state Rte. 8.
In Queensbury, properties going up for sale include a relatively new two-story three-bedroom home at 24 Lady Slipper Drive built in 1985 and assessed at $165,000; an older four-bedroom two-story home at 21 Boulevard assessed at $113,400; an older two-story two-bedroom home at 32 Ohio Avenue assessed at $59,400; and a two-bedroom two-story home at 26 Holden Drive assessed at $61,400. This latter property is to be sold with or without three adjoining building lots assessed at $11,700 each
Other vacant building lots up for sale include six adjacent plots on Feld Avenue in Queensbury, each assessed at $11,700.
Two homes in Warrensburg are on the list: a three-bedroom ranch at 20 Adirondack Avenue assessed at $121,600; and a two-story four-bedroom home at 47 River St. assessed at $45,000.
The vacant lots in luxury subdivisions up for sale include one on West Mountain Road assessed at $39,500; and a two-acre vacant plot assessed for $71,100 on Lake Shore Drive in a new subdivision.
This list of sixty five properties was whittled down from a list of 92 parcels facing tax sale as of Aug. 13, according to county Real Property Director Lexie Delurie.
There’s no minimum bid at the auction. Registration begins at 9 a.m. The properties listed may bear the liability of recent outstanding taxes, mortgages, liens, special assessments, or IRS or federal liabilities — and it is the responsibility of the purchaser to conduct research into the parcels prior to purchasing. Also, county officials warn that some of the properties may be involved in ownership disputes.
Successful bidders on properties selling for $1,000 or less must pay the full amount of their acquisition at the sale, plus nine percent buyers premium. For properties over $1,000, buyers must pay 10 percent down plus the buyers’ premium, paying off the balance of the sale price within 60 days.
In the case of default, the buyer loses his down payment.
All sales are subject to approval of the county Board of Supervisors.