ROCK HILL — Juan Rivenburg had one goal while sitting front row at Sullivan County's annual real estate tax foreclosure auction Wednesday morning.

"I'm just trying to find a house," he said.

He's attended the auction for the past few years with the hopes of buying his own home to live in with his mother.

Currently they rent in Fallsburg.

The cost of buying a house on the real estate market is too high for Rivenburg and he hoped to save money by getting one through the auction and fixing it up himself.

He was one of hundreds of people who attended the auction at the Ramada by Wyndham Rock Hill at Sullivan Center, along with more than 50 online bidders.

Cars lined the streets outside of the hotel Wednesday morning before the auction started, and dozens of people waited in a line that ran out the door of the banquet room and looped in the hotel lobby to register and get their bidding card number.

More than 200 properties went up for auction. They ranged in condition from vacant land to homes with various codes violations, fire damage or in need of other maintenance.

Perhaps the most noteworthy property was a small strip mall on Route 52 in Liberty.

Sullivan County Treasurer Nancy Buck said the number of properties at the auction is less than last year and has been trending down in the last few years.

Bidding was fast paced, with only two or three minutes spent on each property.

Alexander Kemp of Brooklyn had his sights set on one house for his family in Bethel and was able to walk away from the auction with it for $35,000.

"It's a good property," he said. "It's what I came for."

Kemp noted that turnout at the auction was the biggest in years and that internet bidding has changed the dynamic.

When somebody buys one of these properties at the auction, they’re responsible for town and county tax bills for 2019. If it’s purchased from a village, the new owner is responsible for two years of village taxes, too.

All sales are subject to final approval by the Sullivan County Legislature, but it's rare for the Legislature to reject a purchase.