Sheriff Auction: How to Buy a House at a County Sheriff Auction Successfully?

If you are interested in buying a foreclosed property at a good bargain price purchasing one through a county sheriff auction could be just the right thing for you.  A sheriff auction is the process by which a foreclosed house is seized by the county sheriff and sold at a public auction according to the orders of the court.

One of the lesser known avenues of buying foreclosed properties, there are high chances of finding some very good deals at a county sheriff auction in comparison to other highly advertised public auctions. If you are a first time home buyer and investor who has a limited budget but does not want to compromise on the quality of the home then attending a auction from sheriff could give the best opportunity to purchase an ideal home.

Given below are some useful tips and guidelines on how to buy a home at a county sheriff auction successfully:

•    Visit the county office – If you do not want to miss out on a good property, the best way to get complete information on the sheriff auction date and venue as well as learn about the process is to visit the local county offices of various prospective areas where you might be interested.

•    Look up internet listings – Another very good source of getting information on properties that are being put up for sale through a county sheriff auction is to look up the various online real estate service that  have comprehensive and updated data on properties being put up on auction in various counties.

•    Assess the property – Once you have found some promising properties that will be sold through county sheriff auction, it is very important that you assess the property and the locality in order to be sure that you find it satisfactory for bidding.

•    Stick to a budget – Before attending a auction from sheriff you should decide your bidding price beforehand based on your budget as well as the property value of the house.

•    Register yourself – Once you have assessed and narrowed down on a satisfactory property you can register yourself the day before.

•    Check the status – A county auction from sheriff can be subject to last minute venue and date changes and therefore it is always advisable to be updated about its status.