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Real Estate Department - Sheriff Sales

List of Current Properties up for Sheriff Sales*

List of Properties Continued from Prior Months*

Other Property Sale Information

Administrative Order and Notice of Foreclosure Program

Sheriff's Sale Dates and Deadlines

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Sheriff’s Sale Disclaimer:  The list shown is for the date listed at the top of the form.  Changes in the status of each property may occur during the month after the list is posted.  For updated information call the Real Estate Department at 610-891- 4305 or email the Real Estate Department at


Sheriff’s Foreclosure Abatement Program

In 2009, Sheriff McGinn introduced a foreclosure abatement program aimed at keeping residents in their homes.  Persons being served with a Notice of Foreclosure on their properties receive information in documents that can delay action.  By contacting the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Delaware Valley (CCCSDV) at 800-989-2227, and talking to a housing councilor a 30 day stay can be put into effect delaying any action against the homeowner.  The councilor will contact the lender to delay any action and work with the homeowner by reviewing their financial situation and advising on what steps can be taken.  The result of the counseling could in a variety outcomes. 

To be eligible to participate the property in foreclosure must be owner-occupied.  For additional information, contact CCCSDV at 800-989-2227.   CCCSDV has received grants from Delaware County Council to staff additional offices to handle the program.  


Frequently Asked Questions  

When do the Sheriff's Sales take place?

Sales take place on the third Friday of each Month at 11:00 A.M.  If the third Friday is a holiday, the sale will be held on Thursday.


Where are the Sheriff's Sales held?

Sales are held in the County Council Meeting Room on the first floor of the Government Center Building , Delaware County Court House, Front St. & Veterans Square, Media, PA.


Can I obtain a list of the properties to be sold?

Yes.  For each property to be sold there is a handbill posted in the Sheriff's Office at the Delaware County Court House and an advertisement in the local newspaper where the property is situated will appear once a week for the three weeks before the sale.  In addition, there is a desk copy of the list for each month's sale available for reference in the Sheriff's Office.  Copies of the list may also be purchased for $5.00.


If I see a property I want to buy, can I inspect it before the sale?

No, the properties are not available for inspection.


How do I buy a property at Sheriff's Sale?

You need to attend the sale at the date and time advertised.  The sale is a public auction and you will have to bid for the property.


What is hand money?

Hand money is the deposit you have to pay in cash or by certified check at the time of the sale.


When do I have to pay the rest of the money?

The balance of your bid is payable within ten calendar days to the Sheriff in cash or by certified check.

If you do not pay the balance of your bid, you lose your hand money.


Why does the Sheriff's Office highly recommend that you consult your own attorney for advice about how to purchase property at Sheriff's Sale?

Just for one example, you may buy a property with numerous liens requiring you to pay a lot more money than what you bid for the property that you must under the law pay to these lien holders to clear what is now YOUR Title (read your problem).


Do Sheriff's Sales differ from Tax Sales or Judicial Sales?

Yes, there are significant differences.  For information about Tax Sales or Judicial Sales, contact the Delaware County Tax Claim Bureau in the Government Center Building at the Courthouse in Media or call 610-891-4281.





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