Take METRO to the Harris County Public Delinquent Tax Auction

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Release Date: Jan. 29, 2016

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METRO Helps Transition a Texas Tradition

The Harris County Public Auction on properties with delinquent taxes is on the move and METRO can get you to the new auction site located at the Bayou City Event Center, 9401 Knight Road, Houston. 

On Feb. 2, and on the first Tuesday of the following months, METRO will operate a special shuttle bus to and from the auction site.  Take METRORail’s Red Line to the Fannin South Transit Center, then catch the shuttle to the Bayou City Event Center.  You can purchase a rail ticket for $1.25 which includes your transfer to the shuttle. This ticket will be valid for three hours.

METRO’s 311 Bayou City Event Center Shuttle

First Tuesday of every month 

8 a.m.- 5 p.m.

20 minute frequency

auction map

About the Auction:

For 175 years Harris County has held its monthly auction of tax delinquent properties outside the Family Law Center in the downtown courthouse complex.  As many as 300 to 500 people historically attend the auction and the outdoor “courthouse steps” location had become overcrowded and uncomfortable for participants

Unlike historic auctions on the courthouse steps, the new sale will be indoors in air conditioned space, and seating will be available for bidders.

Also moving will be the monthly sale of foreclosed properties conducted by trustees for various lending institutions, and the auction of other real estate ordered sold by the courts in various civil lawsuits.

A public ceremony dedicating the new auction venue will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2 in the Bayou City Event Center, and actual sales conducted by each of the eight Harris County Constable Precincts and lending institution trustees begin at 10 a.m. and will continue until 4 p.m.  

New electronic technology to be unveiled at the auction will enable prospective bidders at the delinquent tax auction to see photos and other information about the properties as they come up for sale during the day, and to track the sequence in which properties will be sold by each of the eight Constables. 

Detailed information about the auction, including bidder registration requirements and a list of properties to be sold, can be found on the Harris County Tax Office website.