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Sheriff Sale Location and Time

The third Tuesday of every month promptly at 9:30 a.m. (with the exception of Goods & Chattels Sales). In the event that County offices are closed for inclement weather the day of a scheduled Sheriff Sale or Goods & Chattels Sale, the sale will be rescheduled.

Sussex County Sheriff's Office
Main Conference Room (2nd floor)
22215 N. Dupont Blvd (Rt. 113 North)
Georgetown, DE 19947

Property Notification

Notices posted on foreclosed property and public buildings prior to sale. Advertised in the Sussex Post and one local newspaper two weeks prior to sale. Full list of advertising locations

RISKS TO BIDDERS: Buyer Beware!!!

TAX (MONITION) SALES: Entire bid amount (100%) is due on date of sale by 3 PM. You MUST research the property through the Sussex County Recorder of Deeds Office and the Prothonotary’s Office. Click here to search the online deeds database. We do NOT guarantee clear title! The owner has the right to redeem their property any time within 60 days from the day the sale is confirmed by the court, which is approximately one month after sale.

When purchasing a monition sale, this is the purchase of property identified by the tax parcel number. This is not the purchase of a tax lien.

MORTGAGE SALES: 20% of bid is due on the date of sale by 3 PM,  with the balance due the third Monday of the month following the sale. Failure to pay the balance will result in forfeiture of sale and the 20% deposit. Sale deposits are non-refundable. We do NOT guarantee clear title! Your bid does not necessarily negate other debts on the property.

You MUST research the property through  the Recorder of Deeds Office and the Prothonotary's Office. Click here to search the online deeds database.

Access to the property is not granted until after confirmation of the mortgage foreclosure. For monitions, an additional 60 days after confirmation is required before access to the property is granted.

Terms and Regulations:

ALL sales can be stopped (STAYED) until 9:30 AM on sale day. All properties are purchased on an "as-is" basis, sight unseen (no trespassing on properties). Your bid makes you responsible for any possible liens.

Tenants/Owners of properties are not automatically evicted from Sheriff Sale properties. Confirmation of the sale occurs the first Friday after the third Monday of the following month of sale.

Change of ownership of the property does not occur until a proper deed is recorded.

Terms of Monition Sale (Tax Sale)

100 percent of the purchase money will be demanded on the day of the sale by 3 PM. Cash, Certified Check or Cashier's Check, is required. Sale subject to confirmation by the Superior Court and also subject to the owner’s right of redemption pursuant to 9 Del. C. § 8728. This sale is subject to the approval of the Department or Finance or the chief county financial officer, pursuant to Title 9 Delaware Code § 8726. Also subject to a 2 1/2 (2.5) percent Delaware Realty Transfer Tax; 1 1/4 (1.25) percent to be paid by the Seller and 1 1/4 (1.25) percent to be paid by the Purchaser and subject to 1 1/2 (1.5) percent Sussex County Realty Tax, 3/4 (.75) percent to be paid by the Seller and 3/4 (.75) percent to be paid by the Purchaser. Any further Transfer Tax is the responsibility of the Purchaser. The Purchaser will be required to pay the cost of the deed. Please make checks payable to: Sheriff of Sussex County.

Goods & Chattels Terms of Sale

100% of the bid amount is due at the time of the sale. Cash, Cashiers or Certified Check is required.

Sheriff Sale Registration Information

All bidders will be required to register between 9am - 9:30am, prior to the start of the Sheriff Sale. To register you will need a $4,000.00 deposit. Your deposit must be paid with cash or a cashiers/certified check made payable to the Sheriff of Sussex County. You will also need your driver's license or a valid photo I.D. Both items are required in order to receive a bidder number. You MUST have this bidder number to place a bid. Your cash/check will be held on deposit until the completion of the sale at which time your cash/check will be refunded if you are not a successful bidder. Same bid number must be returned to Auctioneer/Clerk for return of deposit. The successful bidder’s deposit will be applied to the 20% deposit required for the purchase of the property. The remaining amount of the 20% deposit must be paid before 3:00 P.M. on the day of sale or you will forfeit your deposit and the property will be resold.

Please make Certified Check or Cashier’s Check payable to: Sheriff, Sussex County.