Sheriff's Sale

Sheriff Sale Information

Sheriff Sales are located on the 3rd floor of the Courthouse Annex the 2nd Thursday of every month at 10 a.m. 

Properties sold for mortgage foreclosures and judgements are processed through the Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s sales are held on the second Thursday of each month at 10:00am on the third floor of the Court House Annex Building. The Sheriff’s sale is an auction of the mortgaged premises pursuant to a judgement and Writ of Execution. Execution is commenced by the plaintiff (usually the mortgage holder) in a civil action by filing a Praecipe for Writ of Execution with the Prothonotary. The Prothonotary issued the Writ, which is delivered to the Sheriff.

It is recommended that the plaintiff provide written directions to the Sheriff concerning the execution. Service is made by the Sheriff within 90 days. Each individual Writ and sale is scheduled for a specific date and time.

Sheriff sales are NOT tax sales for delinquent real estate taxes. If you desire information concerning tax sales, you should contact the Centre County Tax Claim Bureau at 814-355-6805.

A current list of upcoming Sheriff sales can be found on our website


Q: Will the filing of bankruptcy stop a Sheriff Sale?

A: The filing of a bankruptcy by a defendant will automatically stay the Sheriff sale. The stay continues until the plaintiff obtains an order of Court discharging the property from the custody of the Bankruptcy Court or until the Bankruptcy Court issues an Order releasing the property from the sale. In this situation, a continuance of the Sheriff sale by oral public announcement at the time and place of the sale does not violate the automatic stay provisions of the Bankruptcy Code. Rule 3129.3(b) of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure states that a sale can be continued no more than twice to a date certain within 130 days without a new notice after which it can be continued by a court order.

Q: How often are Sheriff Sales advertised?

A: Each Sheriff Sale is advertised in the Centre Daily Times and Centre County Legal Journal once a week for three consecutive weeks prior to the sale. Sheriff Sale handbills are posted on the property and in the Centre County Sheriff’s Office at least 30 days prior to the sale date.

Q: Is there a warranty on the property?

A: No. All properties are sold “as is” and the Sheriff is not responsible for a clear title. It is recommended that a potential buyer search the property’s records in the Recorder of Deeds Office and Prothonotary’s Office OR obtain professional assistance in researching the title to the property and status of liens.

Q: How much must I put down if I am the highest bidder at a Sheriff’s Sale?

A: You must immediately pay 20% of the bid. The rest of your bid is due within 10 days. We accept cash, local check or money order. Pre-approval letters from a bank will not be accepted.

Q: What happens if I cannot pay the remainder of my bid within 10 days of the sale?

A: Your initial 20% is subject to forfeiture and you lose rights to purchase the property. In most cases, the property will be relisted for sale or go to the second highest bidder.

Q: If I purchase a property at Sheriff’s Sale, do I have to worry about satisfying any liens on the property?

A: Any delinquent real estate taxes and municipal liens that are turned over to the Sheriff’s Office are paid from the proceeds of the sale. A 2% county poundage is added on top the purchase price and is the responsibility of the purchaser. Interested bidders may want to check the Rule 3129.1 affidavit filed with the Prothonotary’s Office by the plaintiff. This document purportedly lists all of the judgement creditors whose judgements are liens of record on the property to be sold.