TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Applies to City of Richmond Tax Delinquent Properties – 90± Properties
February 19, 2020, City of Richmond Tax Delinquent Property Sale
Registration: Will begin at 12:30 PM EST on sale day (February 19, 2020) and the sale will start at 2:00 PM EST.
To be approved for bidding, prospective bidders must:
- Complete the Real Estate Registration Form, providing full name, complete physical address, email and working phone number(s); and
- Provide a driver’s license, or other government-issued form of photo identification to confirm the bidder’s identity; and
- Present the required deposit as detailed in the “Deposit Amount” section herein below.
Additionally, all bidders shall be required to certify that he or she does not own, directly or indirectly, any real estate with an outstanding Notice of Violation under the local environmental, zoning or building code or outstanding real estate or other taxes to the City of Richmond. In the event the tax delinquent property is subject to a Notice of Violation under the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code, City Zoning Code or Environmental Codes, the bidder shall be required to submit a written work schedule and plan to abate all violations, which shall be approved by the appropriate department, in its sole discretion. The acceptance of the bid by the Special Commissioner shall not be construed as limiting any powers vested in the City. The successful bid is subject to confirmation by the Richmond Circuit Court. Settlement shall occur at the time of the confirmation by the Circuit Court; otherwise Special Commissioner may forfeit deposit and avail themselves of any other legal or equitable right against the defaulting Buyer, including costs of resale and any deficiency resulting from resale. Special Commissioner’s Properties are sold subject to Court Confirmation. Additional terms may be announced at sale.
Onsite Deposit Amount: Bidders must present on auction day an initial deposit of $5,000 or 20% of the Total Purchase Price, whichever is greater, for each property purchased. (Total Purchase Price is calculated as the high bid plus a 10% Buyer’s Premium). Deposit must be in the form of cash, certified check or cashier’s check made payable to Motleys Asset Disposition Group. No personal/business checks or credit cards will be accepted.
Online Bidding, Sealed Bids, and Over-The-Phone Bidding:
TO BE APPROVED FOR THE ABOVE-LISTED BIDDING OPTIONS, BIDDERS MUST DO ONE OF THE FOLLOWING 24 HOURS PRIOR TO THE START OF THE AUCTION:
- Deliver cashier's check for $5,000.00 or 20% for each Property to be bid on 24 hours before the start of the auction, made payable to Motleys Asset Disposition Group; or
- Wire funds to Motleys Asset Disposition Group (SunTrust, 919 East Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219; Account # 10001 909 76877; Routing # 061 000 104; Swift Code SNTRUS3A; Account Name - Motleys Auctions, Inc. For International Wire Transfers, please confirm with your banking institution any transaction fees that may need to be allowed for and confirm that the correct amount is being wired. Any direct deposit made into our account must be verified through our financial institution and this process may take up to a week minimum. No items will be released until verification has been completed. We discourage direct deposits into our account.)
- Deposits submitted by non-winning bidders will be returned as follows: if paid by cashier’s check, deposit checks will be available for pick up at Motleys the day following the auction; if paid by wired funds, funds will be returned in the form of a check and will be available for pick up within ten (10) business days following the date of the sale. Please instruct a Motleys representative if you prefer that your deposit be returned by mail.
To obtain a Bidder's Number/Username, please visit www.motleys.com to create an account and register online using your full name, complete physical address, email and working phone number. If you need assistance, please contact Carolyn McHugh at (804) 655-2410 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The required deposit must be received as described immediately above.
If you are the highest bidder for a property and are using one of the above-listed bidding platforms to participate in the auction, you will be sent a Purchase Agreement for electronic signature. You must electronically sign the Purchase Agreement within thirty (30) minutes of the hammer falling for that property. If you fail to sign the Purchase Agreement within this timeframe, you are agreeing to forfeit your entire deposit.
If the required deposit, whether buyer is participating online or in-person, is not confirmed and processed at the time of sale, Motleys reserves the right to immediately re-auction the property. This will be considered a default by the buyer (see “Default by Buyer”).
Motleys reserves the right to revoke all bidding privileges for any bidder, whether participating online or in-person, that does not fully comply with all terms and conditions set forth for this auction.
NOTE: Any bidder anticipating large purchases (in excess of $100,000) should notify Motleys of their intent before the auction. Failure to do so may limit or terminate any future bidding activity from that bidder.
All Over-The-Phone bidders must contact Motleys 24 hours prior to the start of the auction and provide the property number you are interested in bidding on, as well as a telephone number for a Motleys representative to contact you during the sale of the property.
IN THE EVENT OF ONLINE BIDDING DISRUPTION OR FAILURE, PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE AT (804) 232-3300.
Buyer’s Premium: A Buyer’s Premium of ten percent (10%) will be added to the high bid and included in the total selling price paid by the buyer.
High bid on property is:
Add 10% buyer’s premium:
Total on Sales Contract:
Closing: All properties are being sold subject to court confirmation. The balance of purchase price is due by close of business on March 17, 2020. Court hearing for confirmation is scheduled for May 1, 2020. Closing is to occur after court confirmation. Upon closing, Buyer will be provided a Special Commissioner’s Deed for the property with adjustment of real property taxes made as of the date of sale and all fees and prorated taxes to be paid by buyer. We will be prorating taxes as of the date of confirmation. Risk of loss shall be upon Buyer from date of confirmation order.
Broker Co-op: A three percent (3%) Broker Participation Fee will be paid to brokers who represent a winning bidder when the property has closed. Broker participation forms must be received 24 hours prior to auction. Please see Broker Participation Form for full details. For a Broker Participation fee to be paid, the high bid on the property must be $20,000.00 or more. Brokers must be present at the sale and assist their Buyers during the sale (if applicable), in which their Buyers are the successful bidders, and in the preparation of the agreement of sale to receive said commission. No commission will be paid to Brokers on any sale to an entity of which (or any affiliate of which) they are principals, employees or affiliates, or immediate family members. NO BROKER ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FORMS will be accepted at the sale site.
Auctioneer’s Authority on Bidding Procedures and Bidding:
Bidding Procedures: Open and verbal. Announcements made on the day of the auction will take precedence over all printed material or oral statements made. (1) Method, order of sale, and bidding increments shall be at the sole discretion of the auctioneer. (2) The auctioneer reserves the right to delete or add additional properties at his discretion. (3) Auctioneer may act to protect the seller’s reserve, as an agent of the seller, by bidding through the auctioneer. (4) The auctioneer may open bidding on any property below the reserve by placing a bid on behalf of the seller. (5) The auctioneer may continue to bid on behalf of the seller up to the amount of the reserve, either by placing consecutive bids or by placing bids in response to other bidders. The auctioneer shall have the absolute and sole discretion in the order and conduct of the auction. The auctioneer has the authority, at his sole and absolute discretion, to deviate from, change, alter, or modify, the bidding procedures and conduct of the auction at any time, including after commencement of the auction.
Bidding: All Bidding is open to the public without regard to race, color, sex, religion, or national origin. As used in these conditions of sale the term "the final bid" means the highest bid acknowledged by the auctioneer, and the term "purchase price" means the sum of the final bid and the buyer’s premium. The highest bidder acknowledged by the auctioneer shall be the buyer. The auctioneer has the right to reject any bid or raise any bid which, in his opinion, is not commensurate with the value of the property being offered. The auctioneer may advance the bidding at his absolute discretion and, in the event of any dispute between bidders, may determine the successful bidder or re-offer and resell the property in dispute. Should there be any dispute after the sale, the record of final sale shall be conclusive.
Bidder's Card: All Bidders are required to have a Bidder's Number to bid. To obtain a Bidder's Number, a registration form must be filled out giving full name, complete physical address, email and phone number(s). This information must be verified by proper identification. Evidence of required deposit must be presented in order to register at the auction.
Bid Execution: Bids which are submitted to Auctioneer in writing or otherwise left with Auctioneer prior to an auction (Order Bids) for execution at or below a specified price shall be entertained and executed by Auctioneer for the convenience of bidders. Auctioneer shall not be responsible for failing to execute such bids or for errors relating to the execution of such bids.
Closing Costs: The deed shall be prepared and acknowledged by Seller at Seller’s expense and recorded at the expense of Buyer. The Buyer shall pay all title searches, title insurance charges, survey expenses, usual conveyance expenses, and recordation taxes, including the Grantor’s Tax. Real estate taxes, water and sewer charges, if any, will be prorated as of the date of closing.
Title: Title to the purchased property shall be passed to the Buyer at closing.
Possession: Possession shall be delivered at the time of confirmation of the bid by the Court and recordation of the deed. If said premises are tenanted or subject to a tenancy in whole or in part at the time of final settlement, possession shall be delivered subject to such tenancy.
Financing: Sale of the property is not contingent upon the buyer obtaining financing.
Acknowledgement of Code Violations: The Buyer acknowledges that by purchasing the Property he/she assumes responsibility for abatement of building, environmental, zoning or other City Code violations that may exist on the Property and agrees to contact the appropriate City Department within sixty (60) days of the purchase of the Property to provide an abatement plan for any Code violations.
Default by Buyer: In the event that Buyer does not provide the balance of the Total Purchase Price to Seller by close of business on the date required by the City of Richmond, Buyer shall be deemed in default and the Buyer’s deposit will be retained by Seller, either on account of the purchase money or as compensation for the damages and expenses Seller has incurred, as Seller shall elect. The parties agree and acknowledge that such amount is liquidated damages, calculated to compensate Seller, and is not a penalty. Seller and Auction Firm’s liability hereunder to Buyer shall absolutely cease. In addition, Seller may resort to any other action or remedy in law or equity, including legal action to collect the costs of resale and any deficiency resulting from resale.
Conditions of Default: If any conditions contained herein are not complied with by the buyer, Auctioneer may, in addition to asserting all remedies available by law, including the right to hold defaulting buyer liable for the purchase price, either, a) cancel the sale, retaining as liquidated damages any payment made by such buyer, b) resell the property without reserve at public auction or privately on seven days' notice to such buyer, or c) take such other action as it deems necessary or appropriate. If Auctioneer resells the property, the original defaulting buyer shall be liable for the payment of any deficiency between the purchase price and all costs and expenses, the expenses of both sales, reasonable attorney's fees, commissions, incidental damages and all other charges due hereunder. In any event, the buyer’s earnest money deposit will be retained by Auctioneer as liquidated damages.
State Laws: The respective rights and obligations of the parties with respect to the Conditions of Sale and the conduct of the auction shall be governed and interpreted by the laws of the state in which the auction is held. By bidding at an auction, whether present in person or by agent, by written bid or other means, the buyer shall be deemed to have consented to the jurisdiction of the courts of such state and the Federal courts sitting in such state.
Real Estate Brokers/Agents/Auctioneers: A fee equal to a specified commission calculated on the successful buyer’s final bid (not including any Buyer's Premium), will be paid (where allowed by law) to any qualified broker who is duly licensed in the state where the property is located, who is properly registered and client successfully buys and closes on the property. To qualify for a commission, the licensed broker/agent must first register the prospective bidder by mail, fax, or email. The mailing address is 3600 Deepwater Terminal Rd., Richmond, VA 23234. The fax number is (804) 232-3301. It can also be emailed to email@example.com. Registration letters must be countersigned by the prospect and include the broker's and agent's license number, identification of the property, any agency disclosure statements, the letter and participation acknowledgment form. All forms, letters and statements must be received no later than 4:00 P.M. one day (24 Hours) prior to the auction. In addition, agents must also attend with and register their prospects at the auction.
Inspection: All property is sold "As Is, With All Faults." Descriptions are provided as a service to customers only and do not constitute a warranty, either expressed or implied. Auctioneer disclaims all responsibility for physical condition. All buyers are responsible for prior inspection of properties on which they bid, and by bidding are deemed to have so inspected the property. Placing a bid on the offered property, whether in person, online, by agent, by written bid, telephone bid or other means, constitutes an agreement by bidder to these conditions of sale. For residences built prior to 1978, buyer waives the right to a 10-calendar-day opportunity to conduct a risk assessment or inspection for the presence of Lead-Based Paint and/or Lead-Based Paint Hazards. Square footage dimensions and acreage are approximate and should be independently verified prior to bidding. Auctioneer, its agents and subagents, and the sellers assume no liability for errors or omissions in this or any other property listing or advertising or promotional/publicity statements and materials. Although information has been obtained from sources deemed reliable, the auctioneer makes no guarantee as to the accuracy of the information herein contained or in any other property listing or advertising or promotional/publicity statements and materials.
Megan’s Law Disclosure: Buyer(s) should exercise whatever due diligence they deem necessary obtained by contacting your local police department or the Department of State Police. Should any terms set forth in these Terms and Conditions be inconsistent with the terms of the Purchase Agreement to be executed by the successful bidder, the terms of the Purchase Agreement shall control.
Bid Execution: Bids are accepted live/onsite, in addition to the Internet. Motleys is not responsible for failing to execute bids due to bidder’s technological difficulties.
Technical Problems: Motleys has made reasonable efforts to provide for online bidding for this sale. You recognize and acknowledge, however, that technical problems with hardware, software, or internet connectivity, as well as human errors, may arise and may affect, without limitation, the sale website, our online bidding program and process, your or our internet service and access, and your connection to this sale bidding program and process. You further acknowledge that these and other technical problems may develop at any time and with or without notice. You acknowledge and agree that neither we nor the Seller is in any way responsible for any such technical problems, and that you have no absolute or other right to be able to bid on this sale in the event of any such technical problems. Notwithstanding the foregoing, you further acknowledge and agree that, in the event of any such technical problems, we reserve the right to postpone or cancel the sale and/or extend the bidding time for this sale and/or relist the property for sale at another time, in our sole discretion, and that our decision with regard to any such actions is and will be final. Bidders must take care in entering bids, and each Bidder will be responsible for all bids placed under the Bidder’s approved registration. Once entered and recorded online, a bid is deemed to be final on behalf of the registered Bidder and may not be modified, retracted or rescinded in whole or in part.
If you have any questions, please contact a Motleys representative. Good Luck!