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Sales of real and personal property

Sales of real and personal property

Real Property

If you: 

English

Spanish

Are an attorney, requesting that the Sheriff act upon a court ordered execution, order or attachment of real property

Real Property Execution/Order for Sale Intake Sheet


Real Property Attachment Intake Form

Hoja de registro de ejecuciôn/Orden de venta de bienes inmuebles


Orden judicial de embargo de bienes inmuebles

Are a redemptioner who intends to redeem real property sold at Sheriff's sale

Redemption Intake Form

Redención

Have purchased or redeemed real property and need a Sheriff's Deed

Deed Intake Form

Escritura del sheriff

 

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, 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. Winning bidders who do not tender payment may be disqualified from future bidding.

ALERT: Update to bidding requirements effective April 15, 2023 

A $5,000.00 non-refundable deposit in the form of a cashier’s check payable to the “King County Superior Court” will be required to participate in any real property auction. If you are the winning bidder, immediately following the auction you’ll be required to surrender the non-refundable deposit and sign the Deposit Requirements Acknowledgment. Within two hours of the auction, you must pay the balance of your winning bid in the form of a cashier’s check made payable to the "King County Superior Court Clerk" or it will be offered to the next highest bidder and your non-refundable deposit will be tendered to the Clerk of the Court to be applied to the judgment. Winning bidders who do not tender payment may be disqualified from future bidding. If you’ve been disqualified from bidding on Sheriff’s auctions in the past, you may once again participate effective April 15, 2023.

 

Personal Property

If you:

English

Spanish

If you are an attorney, requesting that the Sheriff act upon a court ordered attachment, execution, or replevin of personal property:

Personal Property Execution Intake Form


Sheriff's Notice Regarding Storage


Intake Form for Replevins


Personal Property Attachment Intake Form


Ejecución: Bienes personales/Hoja de admisión


Aviso a los demandantes y sus abogados


Orden de adjudicación de posesión u orden judicial de reivindicación


Orden judicial de embargo de bienes muebles
Hoja de admisión

 

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

ALERTMileage rate increase for 2024

Click on this link for fees effective February 20, 2024. Updated fees for restitutions in Seattle metro and elsewhere in King County found by clicking here.

Fees are payable in advance. Acceptable methods of payment are cash, check, or money order. No 2nd party checks are accepted. Check or money order should be made payable to "King County Sheriff." 

Effective July 3, 2023, ACH (eChecks) and Debit/Credit cards will be accepted ONLY at the King County Courthouse (516 Third Ave, Seattle) Location. 

  • Fee for ACH (eCheck) payments - flat fee $1.00 per eCheck processed
  • Fee for Credit/Debit cards - 2.35% of the total due, with a minimum fee charge of $2.00

 

Contact or visit us at :

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

Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm. In-person assistance available 10:00am to 2:00pm. 

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