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Real Property

If you are an attorney, requesting that the Sheriff act upon a court order regarding an attachment or execution of property, please view the Real Property Attachment Intake Form or the Real Property Execution or Order for Sale Intake Form for our requirements and fees.

If you are a redemptioner who intends to redeem real property sold at Sheriff's sale please review our Redemption Intake Form.

If you've purchased or redeemed real property and need a Sheriff's Deed please review our Deed Intake Form

Real Property Auctions

Sheriff’s Sales are ‘judicial foreclosures’ (or executions) on real property to satisfy a money judgment. The order to sell comes from the Superior Court Clerk. We are selling only the judgment debtor’s interest in the real estate and the property is subject to all existing liens and encumbrances. We have limited information about the sale property since we do not need to know any information other than the address and legal description to conduct our sales. It is not possible for potential purchasers to view the interior of the structure prior to the sale.

The property sold may have a Redemption period from eight months to one year. Redemption means that the owner may pay back the amount bid at the sale plus interest, taxes, etc. in order to ‘redeem’ the property and become the owner again. If you have legal questions about this procedure, you should contact your attorney for direction, or read the Revised Code of the state of Washington pertaining to Redemption.

Sheriff sale notices and notices regarding postponements of sales are posted in the King County Courthouse lobby, as well as in the first and fourth floor entrances of the King County Administration Building. Sheriff's notices of sale of real property are published in the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce newspaper once per week for four consecutive weeks prior to the sale.

If you are the winning bidder at auction, you must provide the Sheriff with a cashier’s check made payable to the "King County Superior Court Clerk"  no later than two hours post auction or it will be offered to the next highest bidder. 


Personal Property

If you are an attorney, requesting that the Sheriff act upon a court order regarding an attachment, execution, or replevin of property, please view the Personal Property Attachment Intake FormthePersonal Property Execution Intake Form andSheriff's Notice Regarding StorageorIntake Form for Replevins for our requirements and fees.  

Personal Property Auctions

The sales are generally held at 10:00 a.m. at the location where the property is being stored. Please see the sale notice for information on particular sales. Sheriff sale notices and notices regarding postponements of sales are posted in the King County Courthouse lobby, as well as in the first and fourth floor entrances of the King County Administration Building.

The property may be viewed ½-1 hour prior to the sale. If you are the winning bidder at the sale, you must provide the Sheriff with cash or cashier’s check made payable to the court clerk’s office issuing the Writ of Execution, or the sale will go to the next highest bidder.

If you are the successful bidder, we will provide you with a Bill of Sale. There is no right of redemption in personal property sales; however, the items are sold as-is and subject to any liens in place.


Related Information

Washington Administrative Code
Revised Code of Washington
King County Superior Court


Fees charged

ALERTFee increase effective January 22, 2019. Federal Standard mileage costs increased to 58 cents per mile and fees associated with real property attachments, orders for sale and executions have also increased.  Please refer to our updated Civil Process Unit fee schedule.  Updated fees, including mileage for restitutions in Seattle and elsewhere in King County, can be found here.

Fees are payable in advance. Acceptable methods of payment are cash, check, or money order. Check or money order should be made payable to "King County Sheriff." At this time, we cannot accept credit, debit cards or 2nd party checks.

Contact or visit us at :

Civil Process Unit
King County Courthouse
516 Third Avenue, Room W-150
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: (206) 263-2600
Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Closed weekends and holidays.