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The following are guidelines for Sheriff's Sales for Wood County, Ohio. You may contact your personal attorney for legal advice regarding these sales.
The properties listed are NOT available for inspection by the Wood County Sheriff's Office or by the Plaintiff. All sales are "buyer beware" and no warranties are expressed or implied.
All real property to be sold at the public auction may be subject to a Federal Tax Lien that may not be extinguished by the sale. You are encouraged to check with the Wood County Recorder's Office to determine if there are any Federal Tax Liens.
The properties cannot be sold for less than 2/3 of the appraised amount, unless otherwise noted in the newspaper advertisement in the Daily Sentinel Tribune.
Sheriff's Sales take place at the Wood County Courthouse, One Courthouse Square, Bowling Green, OH, in the new Atrium area between the Courthouse and the office building. All sales start at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday's (unless there is a holiday). Sales are conducted by verbal auction with the property being sold to the highest bidder. The final bid that is accepted by the Sheriff results in a legally enforceable Contract under Ohio Law.
The Wood County Sheriff’s Office requires 5% down of the appraised value (including lienholders – due to House Bill 138) at the time of the sale. If the property has not been appraised (i.e. a tax sale) then the deposit will be 10% of the starting bid. No deposit will be less than $1,000.00. This amount will need to be given to the Sheriff’s Deputy as soon as all of the sales for that day are completed. If you do not have the 5% down at the time of the sale then you cannot bid on the properties. We will accept a personal check or a certified check for the 5% down. The remainder of the money will be due in 30 – 90 days depending on how long the paperwork (confirmation of sale) takes to get filed. If you cannot complete the purchase for any reason, you may be cited for Contempt of Court. You could also lose your 5% down (or more).
If the successful bidder is the first lienholder, in lieu of the above deposit, said bidder may opt to deposit $1,000.00 with the Sheriff’s Office and pay the amount of real estate taxes due at time of sale. Proof will have to be given to the Sheriff’s Office after taxes have been paid.
There is also a Purchaser Information Form that will need to be filled out by purchaser, whether it is the lienholder or a 3rdparty. This form will be on our website shortly. The form asks for information on whose name the property should be deeded to and that information must be known at time of sale. Once this form is filled out, changes to the deed may only be made with a court order.
NOTE: Any checks that are returned for insufficient funds could result in criminal charges.
Upon receipt of the deed from the Wood County Sheriff's Office, if people are still living at the premises that you do not wish to remain, and they will not leave upon your request, you may file a Writ of Possession with the Wood County Clerk of Courts. The Clerk's Office will then send the Writ of Possession to the Sheriff's Office to be served upon the occupants.
The Sheriff's deed that will be given to the successful bidder must be filed with the Wood County Auditor's Office and the Wood County Recorder's Office. Please note that fees will be charged by both offices for their services.
The following are the new laws regarding recording deeds
|There must be a 3 inch margin at the top of the first page and a 1 ½ inch margin at the top on any other pages.|
|There must be a 1 inch margin on the left, right and bottom of all pages.|
|Minimum paper size is 8.5” X 11” and maximum paper size is 8.5” X 14”.|
|Must use black or blue ink only.|
Ohio Revised Code Section 317.114 effective July 1, 2009
Should you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact: Deputy Phyllis Haas at (419) 354-9373.