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What does a sheriff sale entail?
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when a bank forcloses on a property, usually in the process of a bancruptcy, the sherriff is put in charge of selling off the property to settle debts. It is unlikely a sheriff runs the sale, usually it is handed off the an auction service that is contracted by the sheriffs department.
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when a homeowner can't pay the taxes anymore, the county puts it up for sale to fulfill the taxes. If you purchase a home that is up for sheriff sale, you are obligated to fulfill the financial defaults associated with the property.
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