About Sheriff's Sales
New Location as of Nov. 2021
Sheriff’s sales will be held in the historic Sussex County Courthouse, 3 High Street in Newton, New Jersey every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 2:00 p.m. Attendees should go to the main lobby for check-in and where to proceed.
Proof of funds in the form of certified checks, cashier checks or treasurer checks must be shown at the door. Cash will no longer be accepted. Plaintiff’s representative must also attend in person. Bidder must sign in prior to the sales.
The general public and non-bidders may livestream the sales via Zoom .
All qualified bidders and plaintiff’s representatives attending the sales in person will adhere to the following:
If sick (coughing, sneezing or have an elevated body temperature), please DO NOT attempt to attend the sheriff’s sales.
The undersheriff or his designee may, at his discretion, for the safety of employees and the general public, disallow and/or eject persons from attending the sheriff's sales.
What is a Sheriff’s Sale?
A sheriff’s sale, generally the last step in the foreclosure process, is a forced sale of real property at public auction.
Foreclosure is the legal process initiated by a lender who holds a mortgage on a property in which the borrower/property owner has defaulted on repaying the loan. This action enables the financial institution to foreclose or terminate the rights of the property owner and force the sale of the property to recoup its loan loss.
When and Where
Sheriff’s sales are held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month (excluding holidays) at 2:00 p.m. in the historic Sussex County Courthouse, 3 High Street in Newton, New Jersey.
If you plan to attend a sheriff’s sale, you should contact the Foreclosure Unit at 973.579.0850 to make sure a property scheduled for sale has not been adjourned or otherwise postponed.
Notice of Sales/Advertisement
Electronic Bulletin Board
Notices of sales are posted on the electronic bulletin board outside the office of the Foreclosure Unit.
All sheriff’s sales for real property are advertised for four consecutive weeks prior to the initial date of sale. The Sussex County Sheriff's Office legal notices and sales will be advertised in the Advertiser News North and the Township Journal.
The Foreclosure Unit maintains an online database of sheriff’s sales which is continually updated as information changes. While every effort is made to insure that these listings are accurate and timely, the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office does not warrant or guarantee the reliability of same.
Sheriff's Sale Procedures
The following information is provided as a public service by the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office and is intended to present a general overview regarding how sheriff’s sales are conducted. We strongly urge anyone who plans to acquire real property through a sheriff’s sale to seek legal advice and exercise extreme caution.
For The Defendant (Homeowner/Debtor)
The homeowner may, at any time prior to the sale try to stop their home from going to foreclosure sale by reinstating the amount owed, pay the judgment in full, obtain another loan, etc.
Prior and up to 2:00 p.m. on the day of the sale, a homeowner may make up to two (2) adjournment requests, not exceeding 30 calendar days for each adjournment, per NJ Statute NJSA 2A:17-36. Contact the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office at 973-579-0850.
New Jersey Statute NJSA 2A:17-36 allows for an additional consensual adjournment only if both the lender and the debtor agree.
Defendant Rights Post-Sale:
Following the sale, the homeowner has a period of 10 calendar days in which the property can be redeemed. During this time, they are still the lawful owner of the property. The redemption period can only be extended through court order. (Contact the Courts for an extension if needed, not the Sheriff’s Office.)
For Plaintiff Attorneys
In order to initiate a sheriff’s sale for real property in foreclosure, you must supply our office with the following:
Written request that the sale be scheduled
Writ of Execution plus 2 copies
Short form description for advertising purposes
Clear legal Schedule A for deed
Affidavit of Consideration for sheriff’s deed plus 1 copy
Affidavit of Diligent Inquiry [Rule 4:64-2(d)]
Notice to Tenants (Appendix XII-K, adopted 11/17/09)
Please note that a representative from your firm is required to be present at the time of the sale. If you need further information or assistance, please contact us at 973.579.0850.