Real Property Auction/Sales

Terms of Sale

Please read the following carefully.  After you read carefully, if you have any questions, call Noel Agarma at (858) 694-3500.  Bidding will be done verbally on:

AUCTION DATE: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 3:00 p.m.


The successful bid at the auction MAY be subject to court confirmation. A noticing procedure called; “Notice Of Proposed Action” (NOPA) may be utilized in place of court confirmation. The (NOPA) allows the administrator of the estate to advise all noticed parties that the sale of real property has taken place with a description of the price and terms of sale. This procedure allows the administrator to move more quickly through the legal process in obtaining acceptances from all noticed parties. The (NOPA) also provides the buyer an opportunity to close more quickly if you so desire. If the (NOPA) is utilized, a petition to the court to confirm the sale will not take place. This would eliminate the over-bid procedure inherent to the court confirmation process.

The bidding will start with the minimum bid as indicated in the brochure. The Minimum bid may be less than 90% of the appraised value.  This is determined by reviewing the current appraisal and selecting the (NOPA) legal process.

The procedure to confirm a sale in court will ALWAYS be an option and at the discretion of the Public Administrator at anytime.

A 10% deposit will be required with the successful bid.  The 10% deposit required at the time of the auction must be in the form of cash, cashier’s check, or certified check payable to the “Public Administrator”.  Please be prepared to bring 10% of the appraised price listed in the brochure.  Should the property be sold for more than the appraisal price, then the difference will need to be made up in the form of a personal check at the time of the successful bid.  If a petition to the court is filed for a hearing to confirm sale (Court Confirmation), an overbid procedure will be followed as part of this legal process. Higher bids may be accepted by the court if they are made in court and they are in the amount of at least 10% more on the first $10,000.00 and 5% more on the amount of the bid in excess of $10,000.00 of the original bid submitted for confirmation.  Our acceptance of an offer is contingent on the estate’s being able to furnish the buyer a Policy of Title Insurance showing the property to be free of any encumbrances of record, subject to restrictions and easements of record.  No termite clearance is given.

Please be advised that you are basing your purchase of an offered property solely on your findings and research, that you have satisfied yourself as to the zoning, usage’s, physical condition inside and out, size and other information that might affect your decision to purchase this property.  You understand that you are buying this property in “AS IS” condition with no warranties, usage’s or conditions, (physical or otherwise), written, implied or expressed by the San Diego County Public Administrator’s Office and its agents or employees.

All properties have access through the use of Multiple Listing Service (MLS) lock boxes.  Please contact a broker of your choice to view each property.

A real estate broker who registers a client with the Public Administrator and who attends and remains with his client during the auction, will generally receive a commission of 2.5% of the purchase price, awarded by the court.  In the event this client becomes the successful bidder, the commission will be paid at the close of escrow.  A real estate licensee who buys as a principal will not be entitled to share in the commission if he or she is buying as a principal or intends to share the commission with the principal.

The San Diego County Probate Referees appraise all properties at this auction.  Referees are assigned to each estate by the Superior Court of California, and are not affiliated with the Public Administrators office.

All descriptions and information are derived from reliable sources, but no guarantee is expressed or implied.  Announcements made on the day of sale will take precedence.

Additional Information:

If you would like to obtain a brochure with a listing of properties, please e-mail your address to Alex Navarro's email or call (858) 694-3500. If you have additional questions, please call Property Estate Manager Noel Agarma at (858) 694-3500.

Other Real Property Auctions

The Real Estate division of the County's Department of General Services sells property at auction. View their current property listings.

The County Treasurer/Tax Collector sells properties at auction that have been foreclosed upon due to failure to pay property taxes. View their current property listings.