Belmont County Sheriff’s Sale of Real Estate
The Sheriff Sales are held once a month on a Thursday. All sales begin at 2:00 p.m. They are conducted on the first floor of the Belmont County Courthouse, 101 West Main Street, St. Clairsville in the Commissioners Meeting Room #11. Starting in July (and every month thereafter) the Sheriff Sales will be on Wednesdays, in the Common Pleas Courtroom #307 top floor of the Courthouse. They will still be once a month and at 2:00 p.m.
The Sheriff’s Office does not research the properties. It is the potential buyers’ responsibility to do any type of research regarding liens, back taxes, etc. that may follow a property. We strongly recommend that if you are serious about purchasing a property that you or your attorney do a title search at the courthouse prior to the sale.
It is an open bid process with the starting bid beginning at 2/3 of the appraised value. The buyer must pay 10% down of the final bid at the time of sale. Balance is due and payable within 30 days. All money will be handled by the Clerk of Courts office. They accept personal checks, certified checks, cash and money orders.
The Sheriff’s Office does not have access to the inside of the homes and cannot obtain access for you. The appraisals are an outside appraisal only. The Sheriff and Appraisers are not liable for the condition of the property. The only contact information provided to the Sheriff’s Office regarding the property is the Attorney representing the mortgage company.
Should you be a successful bidder, the property is not yours until the Judge has confirmed the sale, a new deed is prepared and it has been conveyed and transferred into your name. This can take up to 2 months after the date of sale.
If the current owner still resides in the property after the Sheriff Sale is complete, you must wait until a new deed is transferred into your name then you can file an Eviction Action through the local court.
The Sheriff Sales are also advertised in the Classified Section of The Times Leader on Wednesdays. These advertisements will provide specific information regarding the legal description of the property.
Properties for each month’s sale can be viewed using the drop-down menu above.
For any questions you may contact Jill Kernik at 740-695-7933 Ext. 116 or Deputy Joe Seszko at 740-695-7933 ext. 124