ALL SHERIFF’S MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALES ARE CONDUCTED ONLINE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE OHIO ADMINISTRATIVE CODE. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
The real estate subject to foreclosure will be posted and sold in an online auction conducted by Realauction. All prospective bidders should familarize themselves with the process. Bidders are required to register.
Available properties (click on Properties & Sale Dates), requirements to participate in the auction and helpful FAQ’s can be viewed at:
Direct link: https://ottawa.sheriffsaleauction.ohio.gov/
In order to participate in the auction, you will need to be aware of the following:
- You must register on the site prior to being able to bid on any property.
- You must submit your deposit to the auction site in order to bid. This can be done by BANK WIRE TRANSFER (must be completed 2 business days prior to the sale date) or ACH (must be completed 5 business days prior to the sale date).
- No cash deposits can be accepted. You will be able to have your deposit refunded to you by the auction site if you are not the winning bidder. Please contact the auction site in reference to questions related to this requirement.
- Sale dates for the bank foreclosure sales will remain on Friday morning at 10am.
- Realauction offers training classes via the internet on a regular schedule. The classes generally last 90 minutes and cover the use of the online platform. Attendance is by registration only. You may contact the Realauction Customer Service Center at 877-361-7325 for further information or to register for this class.
IF YOU ARE A JUDGMENT CREDITOR, please be advised that we do not accept remote bids. You must abide by the conditions set forth within Realauction.
SHERIFF SALE GUIDELINES:
- The properties cannot be sold for less than 2/3 of the appraised amount, unless otherwise noted in the newspaper advertisement in the Port Clinton News Herald.
- If there is no purchaser for the first Sheriff sale then due to House Bill 390, there will be a second date of sale (which will be advertised in the first publication). At this second sale, there will be no set minimum bid. If sold at second sale, the purchaser shall be responsible for costs, allowances, and taxes that the proceeds for the sale are insufficient to cover.
- The Sheriff’s Office does not have information on liens and taxes. It is the responsibility of the purchaser to check into properties for back taxes, delinquent utility bills, liens, and/or additional costs. You are urged to consult with an attorney if you have questions. The Sheriff’s Office cannot give legal advice. The purchaser shall be responsible for costs, allowances, and taxes that the proceeds of the sale are insufficient to cover.
- The Sheriff’s Office has NO keys for the properties being sold.
- Potential buyers may NOT enter the property. The property still belongs to the original owner. The bank owns the mortgage on the property, however they do not own the property and that is why it is going through a Sheriff Sale. The bank may bid on the property so they can put the deed into their name and then they can sell the property to recoup their money. Understand your bank may say they need an inside appraisal done. This CAN NOT be done! Please have your financing in order prior to the sale. The appraisal is based on the exterior view of buildings only. Neither the Sheriff’s Office nor any affiliates have access to the inside of the said property. You may only enter the property once the court has confirmed the sale, you have paid for the property IN FULL, you have received the deed and the deed has been recorded and conveyed. Until that time you may NOT enter the property, change locks, have occupants removed, mow the yard, etc. Entering the property WITHOUT permission of the owner or occupant is a violation of ORC 2911.21 and is punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $250 fine.
- After the confirmation has been filed, the final payment has been made and received the deed, you may contact the occupants and advise them they need to vacate the premises. If they still refuse to vacate then the buyer needs to file a Writ of Possession with the Ottawa County Clerk of Courts and in turn the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office will serve the occupants with an order to vacate. If they still refuse to vacate, the buyer then needs to contact a moving company and a locksmith and the moving company will move out the old occupants at the buyer’s expense. The Sheriff’s Office will only stand by to keep the peace while this occurs.
Full legal descriptions may be found at the Ottawa County Recorder’s Office in the courthouse, located at 315 Madison St., Port Clinton, OH. We are not responsible for errors/omissions; use this publication at your own discretion and risk. The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office is not responsible for defects or omissions in advertising, condition of property (i.e: mold, mildew, foreign objects, etc.), outstanding debt, liens, mortgages, and unpaid utilities.
Tax Sales, when conducted, will still be held in person at the County Courthouse in Room 100 of the 1st floor. There are currently NO tax sales scheduled. Should a sale be scheduled, a link to the information will be added to this page.
Contact Deputy Rhonda Reiter or Deputy Kendra Dosh for more information. They can be reached at (419) 734-6824. The fax number for the Civil Division is (419) 734-6876.
Ottawa County Sheriff's Office - Sheriff Stephen J. Levorchick
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