This information is to address questions most often
asked regarding Sheriff’s Sales, and explain general
procedures regarding foreclosures. If there are specific procedural
questions not addressed herein, we would be happy to address
them upon further inquiry (other than requests for legal advice).
For specific factual information regarding a case, please
see the court file for that case at the Clerk’s Office
in the Courthouse.
Sheriff’s Sales are held on Fridays at 1:00 p.m. (EST)
inside at the Washington County Courthouse, on the ground floor
steps, unless the advertisement states otherwise. Properties
are bid competitively, beginning at an advertised minimum bid,
generally 2/3 of the appraised value.
Appraisals are completed by three individuals, who are residents
of Washington County. Local realtors are utilized since they
have knowledge of the current value of real estate in this area.
The appraised value may have been established
based on an exterior view only of any structures located on
the premises. Neither the Sheriff’s Office, nor any affiliates
have access to the interior of any structures located on said
Sales are advertised in the Marietta Times, Legal Notices. Ads
are typically run on Tuesdays for three weeks prior to the sale;
a potential buyer who regularly reads the Tuesday legal notices
should see all applicable sales. The Sheriff’s Office
does not send out (US mail or e-mail) the list of properties
scheduled for sale. Lists are available on our website, or can
be picked up at the Sheriff’s Office Civil Division, on
the first floor annex in the Courthouse.
The full legal description is available in
the Washington County Recorder’s Office or online by using
the Prior Deed Reference listed in the advertisement. Directions
are available at the bottom of this page.
Tax information can be obtained through www.washingtongov.org,
then selecting the Washington County Treasurer’s Office
under the tab labeled “Your Government”.
Day of Sale
We do not require advanced registration. Our sales start promptly
at 1:00 p.m.
The minimum bid is 2/3 of the appraised value.
If we do not receive a bid of at least the required 2/3, then
we will hold a second sale, on the date advertised for the second
sale. On the second sale date, there will be no minimum bid.
However, the successful bidder will be responsible for ALL
court costs, taxes and fees associated with this foreclosure
action. So if the purchase price is less than the amount of
these expenses, it will be the purchaser’s responsibility
to cover the additional costs.
All successful bidders must complete a Purchaser
Information Form (available at the bottom of this page, and
the day of the sale at the courthouse) to submit to the Sheriff’s
Office at the time of sale. Immediately following the sale,
third party purchasers must pay the required deposit (certified
check or money order) as printed in the advertisement, payable
to Washington County Sheriff’s Office. NO PERSONAL
CHECKS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Purchasers must have the deposit
in hand when they bid on the property, we do not allow time
after the sale to go to the bank.
No deposit is required from the Plaintiff/Lienholder.
Remote Bidding (available to judgment
creditors/lienholders only): If you would like to use remote
bidding, a fixed bid amount can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
and must arrive by 4:30 p.m. on the business day before the
sale. Please complete the Remote Bid Form and Purchaser Information
Form; both are available at the bottom of this page. The Sheriff’s
Office will confirm the receipt of your bid as soon as possible.
We will not confirm receipt of any bids that do not include
the Purchase Information Form, or any bids received after the
4:30 p.m. deadline.
Once the sale is complete, we will respond to your email by
the close of business on the date of sale with the results of
The balance of purchase price must be paid within 30 days of
Confirmation of Sale by certified check or money order. NO
Estimated Schedule for After the Sale
Day of the sale – Purchaser to pay the required deposit
30 days from the date of sale – Confirmation of sale by
the Court, to be submitted by the Plaintiff’s attorney
7 days from the confirmation of sale – deed to be received
by Sheriff, prepared by the Plaintiff’s attorney
30 days from confirmation of sale – purchaser to pay balance
of the purchase price
14 days from receipt of payment – deed to be filed
Delinquent real property is sold (once it meets certain criteria)
by the Washington County Treasurer, through the office of the
Washington County Prosecutor, in accordance with applicable
law regarding tax foreclosures. The Sheriff’s Office holds
the auction. Simply put, an action is filed in Washington County
Common Pleas Court to foreclose upon the subject parcel(s).
A judgment decree in foreclosure is sought; once obtained, the
property is advertised and sold at a tax foreclosure auction.
Terms of Sale
For tax foreclosures, a minimum bid will be set, which is the
amount of the delinquent taxes, assessments and court costs.
A down payment is also set, generally, the amount of the minimum
bid. The minimum down payment must be paid the day of the sale
in cash, certified check or money order. You must bring the
exact change if paying in cash. The balance of the purchase
price must be paid at confirmation of the sale.
refusal to pay for real property after purchase at any Sheriff’s
sale will likely result in forfeiture of the down payment, and
subject the buyer to punishment for contempt of court.**
Finality of Sales
For tax foreclosures, once property is sold at Sheriff’s
Sale, the sale does not become final until the Confirmation
Entry is filed, usually approximately one month later. In other
words, the property owner may still come in and redeem the property
by paying the delinquent taxes, assessments and court costs.
Once the Confirmation Entry is filed, the property owner’s
right of redemption is cut off. Please note, however, that there
is also the possibility of redemption if there is a federal
tax lien. To determine if a federal tax lien exists, and how
it will impact the property after the sale, you are urged to
conduct your own title search or consult your own attorney.
Possession of Property
Property purchased at Sheriff’s Sale does not truly belong
to the buyer until the Confirmation Entry has been filed with
the Court. Therefore, the buyer should NOT exercise any dominion
or control over the property, such as demolition, construction,
or harassment of tenants. Any such dominion or control is strictly
at the buyer’s risk.
Once the Confirmation Entry has been filed and the purchase
price has been paid, the Sheriff’s Office will record
the deed. The buyer will receive a Sheriff’s Deed, which
will be mailed within a couple of weeks following recording.
Condition of Title Following Sale
Generally speaking, in accordance with applicable law, most
liens are released when property is sold. This does not include
taxes and assessments levied but not yet due and payable. However,
please note that the Washington County Sheriff makes no representations
of title in specific situations, and is not a source of title
information. If you wish to be certain as to the status of title,
you are urged to conduct your own title search or consult your
Pro-ration of Taxes
By law, there is no pro-ration of taxes on a property sold at
Sheriff’s sale. The law requires taxes and assessments
that are “due and payable” to be paid from the proceeds
of sale. Since taxes are paid one year in arrears in Ohio, the
taxes for the year in which the property is purchased are not
actually “due and payable” until the following year.
Whereas in most private sales, there is a pro-ration and a credit
is given the buyer against the taxes to be paid by him the following
year, this is not in accordance with the law governing Sheriff’s
sales. The buyer gets no credit for the calendar year in which
the purchase is made. Obviously, early in the year this is of
little significance, but as the year progresses the significance
becomes greater. Even if, for example, a buyer purchases a property
in mid-October and the deed transfers in late December, the
buyer will owe the real estate taxes and assessments for the
entire calendar year in which he purchased the property when
those amounts are due. Please take this into consideration when
determining the amount to bid on the property, if it is a concern.
*** PLEASE NOTE: The information contained
here is not intended to constitute legal advice and should not
be relied upon as such. This information is in general, procedural
terms only, is not directed to any specific parcel(s) or situation,
and any information contained herein may or may not be applicable
in specific situations. If you have questions regarding a specific
situation, you are urged to contact your own attorney. If you
have questions seeking information about a specific case, please
review the case file at the Clerk’s Office in the courthouse.
We hope this information will prove beneficial.
For additional information or question, please contact Jacinda
Carr at (740) 373-6623, X408 or E-mail: email@example.com
here for the REMOTE BID form
here for the PURCHASER INFO form
here for instructions for obtaining legal description