How to Bid on a Land Parcel

A land parcel is offered either by a state land department or a federal land department. Most parcels were previously used by the government but are no longer considered necessary. These are available through public auction. The Bureau of Land Management sells any protected lands, and there you will need to follow a separate system. To purchase land by bidding on a land parcel, follow these steps:

  1. Visit the U.S. General Service Administration website to research land for sale.
  2. If you locate a parcel you are interested in, you can find a name of a "point of contact" on that parcel. You may provide this person with your information to determine if you are eligible to bid. If you are eligible to bid, you will be invited to do so.
  3. You can enter a bid at a value equal to or greater than the appraised value. By law, these properties must sell at auction at a value above or equal to an appraised value. The GSA cannot simply "discount" land at auction. If the land parcel is not sold, you will have the chance to buy the land "over the counter" at a later time.
  4. Land not sold at auction will be sold at its appraised value.


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