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FYI Warning

Individuals who are attending a Sheriff's Sale for the first time with the intent to purchase a property are advised to proceed with extreme caution. The law in Ohio relative to real estate is "caveat emptor", which means "buyer beware". If the purchaser obtains property that is different than the one he or she intended to purchase, the purchaser is still obligated to purchase the property or forfeit a substantial amount of money.

Sheriff's Sales are not for the inexperienced. Every mistake is a costly mistake that may require the services of an attorney to resolve. It is recommended that all prospective purchasers contact a real estate attorney and title company prior to the sale.

Sales are conducted solely on the basis of the permanent parcel number of the property. The County does not use addresses for any purpose. The County is not responsible for inaccurate addresses provided in the County records. The County does not warrant or guarantee any information provided in the County records. If a bidder wants to adequately guarantee the accuracy of information, a title company should be contacted and an insurance policy should be obtained prior to the sale. The County is not responsible for inaccurate information provided by County personnel- no exceptions.

A bidder who bids on a property but does not have the required ten-percent (10%) of the accepted final bid may be in contempt of court. Time is not allowed to go to a bank, obtain money from someone waiting outside, or any other reason; ten-percent (10%) of the bid is due immediately. Your failure to have the necessary payment will result in the bid being rejected. In such circumstances, the judge who issued the order to sell the property will be requested to find the bidder in contempt of court. If the judge makes a finding of contempt, the individual may be fined a substantial amount of money.

If a purchaser determines that the incorrect parcel has been purchased, the purchaser should consult a real estate attorney. If the purchaser does not have an attorney, the Cleveland Bar Association will refer the purchaser to a real estate attorney upon request. The purchaser is responsible for all attorney fees. Under no circumstances should the purchaser contact the judge, magistrate's office, or the Offices of the County Prosecuting Attorney, the Sheriff, County Treasurer or County Auditor.

The purchaser is responsible for paying the entire balance of the purchase price within thirty (30) days. The time to have financing in place is prior to the sale, not after the sale. No excuses will be accepted. Extensions of time to pay will not be allowed by the plaintiff's attorney in this action. Do not contact the Prosecuting Attorney's office or Sheriff's Office for an extension of time to pay. If a purchaser does not believe that obtaining financing is possible, the Prosecuting Attorney's office will request the court to vacate the sale only if the purchaser is willing to forfeit the amount of costs as determined by the Sheriff, Prosecuting Attorney and Clerk of Courts. This amount will be determined prior to the purchaser signing the court journal entry consenting to forfeiture. If the individual does not pay the entire balance within thirty (30) days of the sale, the judge who issued the order to sell the property will be requested to find the purchaser in contempt of court. If a judge makes a finding of contempt, the individual may be fined a substantial amount of money.