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 Policies and Procedures for Real Estate Sheriff Sales

1. There are two types of Real Estate Foreclosures in Bucks County.

  • Mortgage and Judgment defaults on real estate sales are processed through the Sheriff's Office. Sales of this type take place each month on the second Friday at 11:00 a.m., except where holidays occur; then the sale will be on the Thursday before the second Friday.
  • Tax Sales are processed through the Tax Claim Bureau; these sales are only for delinquent taxes. Sales of this type take place in September, November and December of each year. For information on these sales, you may contact the Tax Claim Bureau, 3rd floor of the courthouse, or call 215-348-6274 or 215-348-6275.

2. Sheriff Sales are open to the public and subject to the Sheriff's Conditions of Sale. All non-attorney bidders must register prior to the sale and show evidence of proof of deposit funds. Registration begins at 10:30am the day of each respective sale. The sale is currently being held in the Commissioners' Meeting Room, 1st Floor Administration Building, 55 E. Court St., Doylestown. 

3. Sheriff Sales are advertised once a week for three successive weeks:

  • By posting Sheriff Handbills on the property.
  • Advertising in the Bucks County Law Reporter.
  • Advertising in a newspaper or general circulation where the property is located.

4. Sheriff Sale lists are printed each month and available one week after the previous month sale. Copies are available free at:

  • Sheriff's office-- 100 North Main Street, Floor B2, Doylestown, PA 18901, (215) 348-6132

5. Properties will be sold in order listed unless specific request of attorney of record to change to later time. All bids shall be made in accordance with the Sheriff's Condition of Sale and required minimum bid increments, which is $100 after the first bid and $500 thereafter. Bids that do not conform will not be recognized.

6.  Properties on the list may be adjourned up to one hundred thirty (130) days by the attorney of record, anytime up to the actual time of sale.  Properties may be removed at any time, by proper authority.  Interested parties should check the sale list on the website for current updates.

  • Pursuant to Pa.R.C.P. 3129.3 which became effective 4/7/2014, a Sheriff Sale may be stayed, continued, postponed or adjourned to a date certain two times within 130 days of the scheduled sale without formal notice by handbill and writing as required by 3129.2 of the Pa.R.C.P. Counsel will comply with the notice and filing requirements as more fully set forth in 3129.3 (b).
  • Any subsequent postponements will continue to be permitted only by special order of the court. See 3129.3 (a)  Copies of all court orders must be provided by counsel to the Sheriff’s Office and served by first class mail upon the defendant(s).
  • Failure to comply with the foregoing will result in the sale being stayed.

7. Properties are not available for inspection prior to sale. If however, the property is vacant, please contact the attorney on the writ.

8. The Sheriff does not research properties for debts/liens prior to the sale. Bidders are reccomennded to obtain professional assistance such as an attorney or title searcher unless you are capable of searching records to ascertain obligations against any of the listed properties. Some debts and liens on properties require review in the following offices:

Zoning information of the property may be helpful. Also, corporate liens should be checked through Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, Harrisburg, PA.

9. In the process of the execution the Sheriff incurs certain costs and fees set by the State Legislature. Average Sheriff costs might be approximately $2,000.00. We will announce the sheriff's costs prior to sale.

10. Commencing at the sale, properties will be sold as listed, one at a time. At each announced sale, the attorney of record will announce the minimum upset bid and will then bid "costs" and competitive bidding can proceed--Auction type bidding is the procedure. You may bid as often as you wish, in excess of the minimum upset bid announced, as long as you have 10% of your successful bid in cash or a bank certified check.If bidding is not in excess of the upset bid, that bid will not be recognized.

11. Be advised that the attorney for the plaintiff will have established an "Upset Price" on the property, (approximately 1 or 2 days before the sale). This figure being the real debt interest, municipal liens and all costs. The attorney on the writ may bid in excess of the "Upset Price" if the property is competitively bid.

12. If you plan to bid on a property be certain that you have with you no less than 10% of your highest bid. This amount must be paid immediately after the sale when you come up to sign to condition of sale and must be in the form of cash or certified check. If the amount on your certified check is higher than that 10% bid, the surplus will be applied to the balance due. The balance of the bid must be paid within 10 calendar days from the date of the sale, in the Sheriff's Office. All monies payable to the Sheriff of Bucks County.

13. The 10% is subject to forfeiture if the balance is not paid in accordance with this schedule (in 10 calendar days from date of sale)!

14. The above information is intended to provide answers to questions most frequently asked. The Sheriff assumes no liability for actions or forbearance taken. On the above information, as in all legal matters, the advice of your attorney is highly recommended prior to bidding.

Sheriff Real Estate Sales Listings

Sheriff's Office
Edward J. Donnelly, Sheriff

Bucks County Justice Center
100 North Main Street
Floor B2
Doylestown, PA 18901
Ph: 215-348-6124