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Real Estate Sheriff Sales - Disclaimer and Commonly Asked Questions

DISCLAIMER 

The County of Bucks and the Sheriff of Bucks County make no representations or warranties as to the suitability of this information for your particular purpose, and that to the extent you use or implement this information in your own setting, you do so at your own risk.  The information provided herewith is solely for your own use and cannot be sold.  In no event will the County of Bucks or the Sheriff of Bucks County be liable for any damages whatsoever, whether direct, consequential, incidental, special, or any claim for attorney fees, arising out of the use of or inability to use the information provided herewith. 

Bucks County and the Sheriff of Bucks County assume no responsibility for any information that is inaccurate or false submitted by the plaintiff’s attorney(s). 

It is understood that the Sheriff Sale information and documents are public information and are available to the public as listed below: 

The property is not available for tour or inspection.  The buyer gets the property “as is”, caveat emptor (let the buyer beware).  The Sheriff’s Office does not have Information on liens or taxes. 

This web site is provided as a public service and updated periodically; however, the information provided is limited and not required by law.  If you have additional questions concerning the purchase of property at Sheriff’s sale or the filing of any legal pleadings, please contact your attorney.  Employees of the Sheriff’s Office are not permitted to give legal advice. 

These questions are considered legal advice:

  • Are we responsible for the Liens if we purchase a property?
  • How do we research the liens and mortgages on the property?
  • When can I get into the home after I have purchased at Sheriff Sale?
  • Do the owners have the right, or is there a time frame, for them to get their home back once it is purchased at the sale?
  • If we purchase a home at Sheriff Sale, do we get a free and clear title?

Commonly Asked Questions

How do I buy a property at Sheriff's Sale? 

  • You need to attend the sale at the date and time advertised and register as a bidder before the sale. The sale is a public auction and you will have to bid on the property.  Attorneys are present who represent the financial institutions that bring such actions.  Prior to the sale you may want to consult with them. 

Do I need to register to bid at the sale? 

  • Yes, it is a public auction open to the members of the general public who have registered prior to the sale. The registration form is available on this website.

How do I obtain a copy of the sale list? 

  • The sale list may be obtained for free in the Sheriff’s office at the Justice Center (215-348-6132); it is also available for free at both the Government Services Center, Levittown, (215-580-3500) and the Quakertown office (215-529-7250). Please contact these offices to verify their hours of operation.
  • The list can also be accessed from the links at the bottom of this page.

If I see a property I want to buy, can I inspect it before the sale? 

  • No, the properties are not available for inspection and the Sheriff's Department makes no guarantee, representation or warranty regarding the interior or exterior condition of the property sold at Sheriff's Sale.

Do Sheriff's Sales differ from Tax Sales or Judicial Sales? 

  • Yes, there are significant differences.  For information regarding Tax Sales or Judicial Sales, contact the Bucks County Tax Claim Bureau.

What is the meaning of  the dates on the side of the list? 

  • OFF – will not be sold - is OFF the list for that month, may appear in later months.
  • ADJOURNED (Date) – postponed to a future date for various different reasons i.e. bankruptcy filed by defendants, service not complete, agreement between mortgage company and defendants, etc.
  • FROM for example 3/10/2006 – was originally scheduled for that sale, never actually went to sale and was adjourned (postponed) for above reasons.

How do we access the docket number (writ of execution number) on the Prothonotary screen? 

  • You must enter the first nine (9) numbers of the case i.e. 200406858. This will access the writ of execution number.

What is the upset bid announced by the attorney on the writ at sale?

  • This is the minimum total bid amount that must be exceeded by your initial opening bid to purchase the property at the sale. In other words it is the minimum amount the financial institution will accept in satisfaction of its mortgage and/or judgment at the time of the sale.  Thereafter bidding proceeds in the required minimum increments, which is $100 after the first bid and $500 thereafter. If the sale is on a second mortgage or other junior lien, the attorney on the writ will announce that the sale is under and subject to those liens.

What are the monies to be paid by the buyer at the time of sale? 

  • Ten percent (10%) of your successful bid in either a bank check or cash. We suggest you make your check out to yourself.  If you are successful bidder, you then sign your check over to the Sheriff of Bucks County. 
  • The balance of your successful bid must be paid within ten (10) calendar days to the sheriff in cash or by certified check. If you do not pay the balance of your bid, your deposit is forfeited. You should also strongly consider consulting your attorney regarding additional legal issues which may arise post sale.

How often are the sales held? 

  • Sheriff sales are held every 2nd Friday of the month, with the exception of the second Fridays that fall on a day County Offices are closed. In those instances, the sales will be held the Thursday prior to the Friday closure.

Where are the Sales held? 

  • Sales start 11:00 am and are held in the Bucks County Administration Building, Commissioners' Meeting Room, 1st Floor, 55 E. Court Street, Doylestown, PA 18901

How soon after the purchase, will our deed be recorded? 

  • The deeds are recorded within our time frame, approximately two (2) months from the date of the sale.

How often is the sale list updated with OFF and POSTPONED? 

  • The list will be updated Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, by 11 am.

How do I find out the results of the sale? 

What are the publications where the homes are advertised? 

  • We advertise in four (4) different newspapers based on municipality and also the Bucks County Law Reporter starting three (3) weeks prior to Sheriff sale.

Why should I consult my own attorney for advice about how to purchase a property at Sheriff's Sale and obtain a title search? 

  • A Sheriff’s Sale does not guarantee clear title to any property sold at sale. If you buy a property with numerous liens you may be required, under the law, to pay those lien holders to clear what is now your title.  This is solely the Buyers responsibility and the Sheriff assumes no liability or responsibility.  All liens which may be against the property you have interest in can be obtained at the Prothonotary Office in the Justice Center.  A professional title search is recommended before you bid .

Note:  All persons attending the Buck County Sheriff Sales shall be dressed in the proper attire and shall observe proper decorum during this public proceeding. No eating or drinking is allowed  in the room where the Sheriff Sale is conducted. All cell phones and pagers are to be turned off during the sale and no disruptive conversations may occur during the sale. The Sheriff's office will not answer questions during the sale. These rules will be strictly enforced by the Sheriff's deputies.

Other Sheriff Real Estate Sales Policies and Procedures 

Sheriff Real Estate Sales Listings*
Sale Dates:

May 12, 2017
June 9, 2017
July 14, 2017
August 11, 2017
November 10, 2017

 *Sheriff Sale listings are updated Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, by 11:00 a.m.

2017 Bucks County Sheriff's Real Estate Sales Calendar


Sheriff's Office
Edward J. Donnelly, Sheriff

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