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Information on Sheriff Sales
Sheriff sales are conducted at the Fulton County Courthouse, 210 S. Fulton Street, Wauseon, just inside the west doors of the courthouse, and start promptly at 10:00 a.m., unless otherwise noted.

Property must bring at least two-thirds of the appraised value or it cannot be sold. In most cases, the appraised value is set based on an exterior appraisal of the property.

Sheriff Sales Listing

Terms of Foreclosure Sale:
10% of the purchase price is due at the time of sale, balance due upon delivery of the Sheriff’s Deed. Our office will accept a personal check.

It usually takes the bank an additional 30 to 40 days to complete the final paperwork. Once the confirmation entry is filed with the Court and our office receives the Sheriff’s Deed, we will contact you to schedule a time to complete the sale. You must have the balance of the proceeds at that time.

If a property is listed as "TBD" (To Be Determined) in the Appraised field, then the property has delinquent real estate taxes.

NOTE: Property still belongs to the original owner even though the order of sale has been issued from the court. If you purchase a property at sheriff sale, and have a ten percent deposit down, it still belongs to the original owner until the Common Pleas Judge has signed the confirmation of sale. This process usually takes up to 30 days or more. This can be very risky in terms of money and other concerns. If you have any questions regarding this, you should consult your personal attorney before any real estate purchase from sheriff sale. We cannot advise you of any legal questions you may have.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can we see the House?
We have no access to the interior of the houses for sale. No arrangements may be made for an internal inspection of the properties. You are urged to check out the property as best you can. The Fulton County Auditor can provide a printout on the property showing the numbers, and types of rooms, etc. or you can access the Auditor’s website at www.fultoncountyoh.com\auditor. Then on the left of the screen select “real estate”, then select “real estate information property search”. Sales are “BUYER BEWARE.” You are urged to consult an attorney if you need legal advice.

How does the Sheriff Sale work?
By law, the sale must be a public sale, unless ordered by the Court. Sales are held on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. unless otherwise noted, just inside the west doors of the Fulton County Courthouse. You, or a representative must appear to bid. All bidding is done at the sale. No prior or sealed bids are taken. It works the same as any common auction. There is no prior registration. Make sure you can meet the terms of the sale. Be ready to make your 10% deposit at the time of sale. Caution, this is a Court function; if the sale is not completed, you are subject to being held in contempt of court and losing your deposit.

What happens to the liens on the property?
Liens are marshaled, (placed in order and paid in order), and paid from the sale proceeds. A deficiency judgment may be granted to the plaintiff against the defendant (homeowner), if enough money is not generated at the sale. The liens are then canceled against the property. The exception is a Federal Lien, (which will be on file at the Fulton County Recorder’s Office). You are urged to check out any liens, and check with an attorney if you have questions. We do not have lien information at the Sheriff’s Office.

What if someone is living in the house?
If someone is living in the house and will not vacate, the Sheriff’s Office will remove them on issue of a Writ of Possession. You may be responsible for obtaining the Writ of Possession from the Clerk of Common Pleas Court and providing manpower to set out their belongings. Again, you should consult an attorney for questions regarding any of this.

Final Note!
Large amounts of money are involved. Sales are Buyer Beware. You are responsible for checking out the property and judge for yourself if it is suitable for the purpose you intend. Consult with an attorney if you are in doubt!