Sheriff Sales

UPDATE:

September 10, 2020

For the October 2, 2020 Sheriff Sale of Real Estate and for sales in the future, registration of third party bidders is required in addition to several changes in the way that the sale will be conducted. Links to the registration packet and the court order issued by the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas that authorizes and orders the changes outlined within the order are below.

Emergency Court Order - Sheriff Sale Procedures

*Sheriff Sale Registration Packet*

Link to the Sheriff's Sale Listings

For the registration of third party bidders, the documents in the registration packet are required to be filled out and turned into the Sheriff’s Department, located in the basement of the Courthouse along with the $100.00 registration fee. The documents in the registration packet need to be turned by the registration deadline one week before the sale. For the October sale the registration deadline is September 25, 2020. If your registration is accepted, you will receive your entry pass in the mail. If your registration is denied, you will receive your deposit and the reason for denial back in the mail. No one will be admitted without an entry pass issued by the Sheriff. 

Anyone wishing to watch the sale will be able to do so online through Microsoft Teams. This is the same application that the Luzerne County Council uses to broadcast their meetings. Links to the sale will be posted approximately a week before the sale. 

You can contact us with any questions regarding the registration process via email at: LCSDrealestate@luzernecounty.org .

 We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

APRIL 27, 2020

BY EMERGENCY ORDER OF THE LUZERNE COUNTY COURT OF COMMON PLEAS, THE SHERIFF SALES SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 5, 2020 AND AUGUST 7, 2020 HAVE BEEN CONTINUED GENERALLY. A NEW SALE DATE WILL BE SET WHEN THE COURTS BECOME AVAILABLE AFTER THE COVID-19 EMERGENCY. WHEN SET, THE DATE WILL BE ADVERTISED FOR TWO WEEKS, THE SALE WILL THEN BE HELD ON THE WEEK FOLLOWING THE ADVERTISING.

CLICK FOR LINK TO COURT ORDERS AND MEMO FROM THE REAL ESTATE DIVISION

April 1, 2020

Amended Court Order Regading the April 3, 2020 Sheriff Sale of Real Property.

MARCH 24, 2020

BY EMERGENCY ORDER OF THE LUZERNE COUNTY COURT OF COMMON PLEAS, THE SHERIFF SALE SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 3, 2020 HAS BEEN CONTINUED GENERALLY. A NEW SALE DATE WILL BE SET WHEN THE COURTS BECOME AVAILABLE AFTER THE COVID-19 EMERGENCY. WHEN SET, THE DATE WILL BE ADVERTISED FOR TWO WEEKS, THE SALE WILL THEN BE HELD ON THE WEEK FOLLOWING THE ADVERTISING.

CLICK TO VIEW THE MOTION AND COURT ORDER

Properties Currently Listed for Sheriff Sale


SALE DATE
FILING DATES
April 3, 2020CONTINUED TO 10/2/2020 SALE
June 5, 2020CONTINUED TO 10/2/2020 SALE
August 7, 2020CONTINUED TO 10/2/2020 SALE
October 2, 2020July 6-17, 2020
December 4, 2020August 31-September 11, 2020
February 5, 2021November 2-13, 2020
April 9, 2021December 28-January 8, 2021
June 4, 2021March 1-12, 2021
August 6, 2021May 3-14, 2021
October 1, 2021July 5-16, 2021
December 3, 2021August 30-September 10, 2021
February 4, 2022November 1-12, 2021

Mortgage Foreclosure Filing Requirements for Attorneys

Sheriff Sale Overview

Properties sold for mortgage and judgment defaults are processed through the Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s sales are held on the first (1st) Friday of every other month at 10:30 a.m. in the Luzerne County Courthouse (unless otherwise changed).

It is recommended that interested parties consult with an attorney prior to participating in a Sheriff’s Sale. Members of the Luzerne County Sheriff’s Department are unable to offer any legal advice.

Notice of Sales

  • A listing of the properties being sold can be obtained on the Sheriff’s Office website.
  • Sales are advertised in the Citizen’s Voice and Luzerne Legal Register on three Friday’s before the sale date.
  • Sheriff Handbills are posted on the property and in the Sheriff’s Office at least 30 days prior to the sale date.
  • A property may be removed from the list or the sale adjourned by the executing creditor any point up to the actual time of the sale.

Access to Properties for Sale

  • The Sheriff’s Office does not have access to properties listed for sale.
    Inquiries about properties should be directed to the attorney whose name appears below the property description.
  • The Sheriff’s Office does not search records for debts or liens prior to the sale.
  • Properties are sold “AS IS” and the Sheriff is not responsible for a clear title.
  • Professional assistance in searching properties may be obtained through attorneys or title searchers to determine possible liens for which the purchaser may be responsible.

Bidding

  • You will be bidding against the moving creditor (In most cases the Bank)
  • Bidding starts at "Real Estate Taxes and Costs" (The total amount of taxes and fees owed in addition to the Sheriff’s cost of putting on the sale)
  • The bank has a predetermined amount that they will bid to. This is called the "upset price." Only the bank or their representative knows what this amount will be. It may be more or less than the judgment amount owed to the bank. The upset price may or may not be announced, it is not required to be announced.
  • The property is sold to the highest bidder.
  • If you are the successful bidder, 10% of the purchase price must be paid to the sheriff by noon on the day of the sale. Failure to pay the deposit will result in the property being resold immediately. The sheriff may institute legal action against the defaulting bidder if the property is resold for a lesser amount.
  • The remaining balance must be paid within ten days from the sale. Failure to pay the balance will result in you losing your deposit, and the property being resold at the next regularly scheduled Sheriff Sale.
  • Payments must be in the form of money order, attorney’s or certified bank check. Special arrangements can be made for electronic fund transfers when large sums of money are involved. There are no provisions for personal checks or credit/debit cards.

Completion of Sale

  • Exceptions to a sale of property can be filed within ten (10) days after the sale.
  • After all money is paid and if no exceptions are filed, the sheriff’s deed may be recorded in the name of the purchaser.
  • Deed processing may take up to 60 days.
  • A schedule of distribution of the proceeds from the bid sale will be prepared within thirty (30) days.
  • Money collected by the sheriff is paid in priority order to creditors unless objections to the schedule are timely filed.

The Sheriff’s Office does not conduct the Luzerne County Tax Sales; therefore we have no information on tax sales. Questions about tax sales be answered by Northeast Revenue (at 570-825-1512) or by following this link: http://luzernecountytaxclaim.com/

DISCLAIMER:  Information that appears on this website is provided as a courtesy to the public. Changes may occur before this information is updated and you are advised not to rely upon the information posted without verifying its accuracy with other court dockets or by contacting the Sheriff’s Office or consulting an attorney.