Auctions, Sales, & Leases
The Maricopa County Real Estate Division is responsible for auctioning off excess lands owned by the Flood Control District of Maricopa County (District) or the Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT). "Excess lands" is defined as a piece of land or a "remnant" of a larger parcel, which the District or MCDOT has acquired as part of a project and is no longer needed by that Agency. Sign up for email updates from MCDOT.
Prior to being made available for auction, the following agency requirements must be met.
- The parcel must be classified as excess by the Excess Lands Committee of the Flood Control District of Maricopa County (District) or Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) and subsequently declared as excess by the FCD's or MCDOT's Board of Directors.
- An appraisal of the excess land by an independent 3rd party appraiser will establish the value. The appraised value is the minimum bid at auction.
- The excess land public auction must be advertised for a minimum of 30 days.
- All excess land will be sold to the public via public auction, or to another government entity for public purpose.
Excess Land Auction Process
To successfully purchase excess lands from MCDOT or the District, prospective buyers must follow the Real Estate Division's auction process.
- Step 1: Auction Request
- Step 2: Status Verification
- Step 3: Committee Review
- Step 4: Appraisal
- Step 5: Bid Information Release
- Step 6: Auction Day
- Step 7: Finalize Purchase
Prospective buyers need to submit an Auction Request Form (PDF) to the Property Management Branch of the Real Estate Division. This form states your intent to purchase the subject property at public auction and your willingness to submit a Fee Reimbursement to bring the property to public auction. The Fee Reimbursement typically covers appraisal and title reports is and can vary from $1,000 - $5,000. This Fee Reimbursement will be collected prior to an appraisal or title reports being ordered.
The Real Property Management will verify that the subject property is no longer needed by the Agency. This is accomplished by initiating an Agency-wide request for approval where all divisions within the Agency agree that the parcel is no longer needed and can be offered for sale at public auction.
If the Agency determines that the subject property is not needed, the Agency requests the appropriate Board declare the subject property as excess. Once declared excess by the appropriate Board, Property Management will request the Fee Reimbursement from the prospective buyer. Once the Fee Reimbursement is received, the appraisal and title reports will be ordered.
The appraisal takes up to 90 days. After the appraisal is received, reviewed and approved by Agency, the prospective buyer is informed of the minimum bid required at auction and auction date. The bid package will be prepared by and posted on the Agency’s web site, and legal advertisement for the auction will be placed.
A bid package containing details of the subject property, requirements to bid at auction and the terms and conditions of the sale will be prepared and available to all prospective buyers who request it.
On the day of the auction, an auction deposit of 10 percent of the minimum bid (unless otherwise published) plus the amount of the Fee Reimbursement in the form of cashier’s check is required to be recognized as a bidder. Unsuccessful bidders will have their auction deposits/fees returned to them after the auction has concluded. Prospective buyers will forfeit the entire Fee Reimbursement amount if they choose to not meet the minimum bid requirements and no one else bids at the auction.
Auction day requirements may vary. The bid package for each auction is the controlling document and determines the specific requirements.
The successful bidder is responsible for the appraisal cost and half the cost of the title report at close of escrow. Overpayment of the Fee Reimbursement will be applied towards the purchase price of the property. Escrow typically closes within 90 days from auction date; the bid package specifies the timeframe.
|Cave Buttes (Sold)
||Nov. 1, 2016
|H-2646-EX||see bid package
||Cave Creek Road /
|Riggs Cell Tower||May 1, 2017||M-2148-SD3||304-80-009E||1955.75 sq ft||Riggs Rd & East Maricopa Floodway in Gilbert|
|McKellips Cell Tower||May 5, 2017||SH527||219-25-961B||76th St and McKellips|
|Dysart Drain||May 18, 2018||DYD-12-EX3||501-42-009D||4.3845||E. of Reems Rd, North of Northern Pkwy|
For the list below, in the "Area" column:
- C = Central
- NC = Northcentral
- SE = Southeast
- NE = Northeast
- SW = Southwest
- NW = Northwest
||West of 17th Ave, South of Maddock Rd
|C||NW Corner of 15th Ave & Maddock Rd
|C||35th & Vogel Avenues
|C||32nd Street, South of McDowell Rd
|NC||35613 N Central Ave||211-53-065A
|NC||West of Cave Creek Rd, South of Jomax Rd||Por of 212-15-003A, 004A, 001L, 002Q||265.00+/-||R1-18 Phx||H-2646-EX|
|NC||West side of 12th St, South of Jenny Lin Rd
|NE||E side of Gilbert Rd, North of McDowell Rd||141-03-035||1.23+/-||R1-43 Mesa||X-0167-EX-1|
|NW||SW corner Happy Valley Pkwy & 115th Ave||Por of 201-21-048A||4.06+/-||RU-43 MC||X-0270-EX1|
|NW||Southeast corner Happy Valley Pkwy & 115th Ave||Por of 201-21-048A||1.71+/-||RU-43 MC||X-0270-EX2|
|NW||West of 109th Ave, South of Happy Valley Rd||Por of 201-21-002J||5.86+/-||RU-43 MC||X-0264-EX|
|NW||115th Avenue, North of Happy Valley Road||201-21-042A||3.25+/-||RU-43 MC||X-0298-EX|
|NW||North of Loop 303 West of El Mirage Rd
||503-53-015C & 018C||162.32+/-||RU-43 MC||X-0274-EX|
|NW||South of Loop 303 West of El Mirage Rd||503-53-015D & 018D||43.56+/-||RU-43 MC||X-0275-EX|
|NW||54th Ave & Wescott Dr||200-25-161C||0.83+/-||A-1 Glendale||K-62-1EX-1|
|SE||NE of NE corner of 43rd Ave & Baseline Rd||Pt of 105-89-010H||6.59 +/-||AG, Phx||SPL-025B-EX1|
|SW||SE corner Siesta Way & 351st Avenue||Por of 401-42-269B
|SW||NE corner 99th & Meadowbrook Aves||Not Assessed||0.23+/-||RU-43 Phx||X-0213-EX|
|SW||South of MC85, West of Agua Fria River||Por of 500-41-005B