At the Auction
All properties sold require a 10% down payment at the time of purchase. Payments made at the time of purchase may be cash, personal check, money order, cashiers check or certified check. If the down-payment is not made immediately at the time of sale, the Sheriff shall disregard the bid, and shall immediately re-offer the property for sale. A successful bidder who can not immediately make the down payment may also be held in contempt of Court.
After the Purchase
Documentation of the sale is made to the Court by the Sheriff's Office.
An "Order Confirming Sheriff’s Sale, Ordering Deed and Distribution of Proceeds" is filed with the Court by the attorney of record. This may take 3-4 weeks; if there are any discrepancies this process will take longer.
Upon receipt of the above order, the attorney of record will prepare the deed and send it to the Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff's Office will process the deed. Third party purchasers will receive a letter from the Sheriff's Office recapping the sale proceedings and requesting the balance. Once all money is paid, the deed will go to the auditor for conveying and to the recorder for recording. The recorder will mail the deed to the purchaser. NOTE: Please click HERE to review Ohio House Bill 138 changes, effective 12/23/08.