The Sheriff is obligated by statute to hold the Mortgage Foreclosure Auctions in Berrien County. Here is some helpful information for those that are interested in how the auction process works.
- The Sheriff’s Mortgage Foreclosure sale is held at 10:00 AM on Thursdays (except holidays) on the 3rd floor of the Courthouse in St. Joseph, Michigan.
- Anyone present can bid on the property being auctioned. Successful 3rd party bidders will be allowed one hour after the auction closes to secure a bank-certified check for the total amount of the bid. If the person making the successful bid fails to present the proper funds to the deputy before the set deadline the person making the next highest bid prior to the bid being closed will be allowed 30 minutes to present the deputy with the necessary funds.
- Starting August 3rd, at the conclusion of each individual properties auction, bids will close immediately after the competitive bidding has ended.
- Some properties listed for auction may be adjourned or put on hold. The Sheriff’s Office is not given any information as to why the sale was adjourned. Adjournment notices are posted in the cabinets near the public entrance to the Courthouse in St. Joseph every Thursday prior to the auction.
- The Sheriff’s Office does not provide information regarding properties listed for auction prior to or after the sale. If you have questions regarding foreclosures you should contact the Detroit Legal News or the private law office processing the foreclosure.
- Properties to be sold for auction are generally advertised in the Berrien County Record or other local newspapers.
If you need any further assistance please call (269) 983-7141 extension 7266.