BASIC SHERIFF’S SALES INFORMATION
Property Sales are held on the 2nd Street Courthouse steps, every Friday at 10 a.m.
If the Sheriff has received an order of sale from the courts, we will join any other representatives at that time for the purpose of selling the property listed in the order.
The Sheriff’s Office has information on the Sheriff’s sale only. To get information on other sales, you should check the newspaper, and/or be at the courthouse to question the sellers.
Sheriff’s sales are posted on the Sheriff’s Sales Board in the County Courthouse. The board is located on the first floor, just inside the 2nd Street entrance, directly across from room 106.
The Notices will state:
- What property is being sold
- When it is being sold
- What the redemption period is
- The contact information
The Sheriff will obtain an opening bid a day or two prior to the sale. To obtain that information, contact our Civil Division at 574-2540 or 574-2520.
On the day of the sale, within one hour of the conclusion of the proceedings, payment must be made by the purchaser to the Superior Court Clerk. The statute allows for payment to be made by cash or by cashier’s check. Once the money is received by the Court Clerk, a Certificate of Sale is issued by the Sheriff’s Office to the purchaser. It is the purchaser's responsibility to file the Certificate of Sale with the Auditor's Office.
Be aware that many Sheriff’s Sales include a redemption period, which is allowed by RCW 6.21.050. The redemption allowance gives the judgment debtor a specified amount of time in which to buy back the property. The period, usually 8 to 12 months, is on the notice posted on the Sheriff’s Sales Board. The Sheriff has no involvement with the conditions of the sale, including the redemption period.
At the end of the redemption period, or if there is no redemption period at the end of the sale, and upon request of the purchaser, the Sheriff’s Office will issue a Sheriff’s Deed. The purchaser must provide the Sheriff with the original Certificate of Sale, an instruction letter and fifty dollars ($50). The Sheriff’s Deed will then be released to the purchaser. It is the purchaser's responsibility to file the Sheriff's Deed with the Auditor's Office.