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Sheriff Sales

Sheriff's Sales are on foreclosed properties and are generally held on Wednesdays starting at 10:00 a.m. in the front lobby of the Sheriff's office located at 113 East 3rd Street, Vinton, Iowa.


Sheriff’s Sales are buyer beware.  It is highly recommended you contact an attorney before purchasing a property at Sheriff’s Sale to make sure you are purchasing what you think you are and to answer any legal questions you may have. 

If you are interested in bidding on a property you must bring with you a Letter of Guarantee from the bank you are using to finance the property stating the dollar amount you are preapproved to spend.   

FULL CASH PAYMENT is expected on the day of the sale.  

If you are the successful bidder on a property, and have the Letter of Guarantee, you will be allowed driving time to go to your bank and get a CASHIER’s CHECK for the full amount bid.

Scheduled Date

Property Being Sold



Judgment Amount

(Accruing costs,

Fees & Interest not


Sale Results

1-24-18 610 7 St., Belle Plaine, IA 52208 N/A $91,822.32 Cancelled as of 1-23-18
3-21-18 6039 24 Avenue, Vinton, IA 52349 N/A $83,234.33 Bank of New York et al $83,6000
3-21-18 412 E 9 Street, Vinton, IA 52349 N/A $79,133.42 Veridian Credit Union $99,436.11
5-2-18 610 7 St., Belle Plaine, IA 52208 N/A $91,822.32 cancelled as of 3-12-18
5-2-18 1972 61 St, Garrison, IA 52229 N/A $59,867.32 University of Iowa CCU $61,844.13
5-9-18  606 Evergreen Street, Norway, IA 52318 N/A $98,105.11 Cancelled as of 5-14-18
5-30-18 706 South St., Urbana, IA 52345 N/A $121,109.88 Cancelled as of  7-19-18
6-13-18 208 6 St. E, Newhall, IA 52315 N/A $183,317.38 Cancelled as of 5-29-18
6-13-18 902 1 Av., Vinton, IA 52349 N/A $137,515.79 Practical Properties, L.C. - Series 6 $83,000.00
6-13-18 108 1 St., Van Horne, IA 52346 N/A $62,267.98 Land Legacy LLC $53,540.00
6-13-18 7 Center Av., Urbana, IA 52345 N/A $119,651.36 The Bank of New York Mellon $127,664.75
8-29-18 205 Turner St., Watkins, IA 52354   N/A $86,535.82 Land Legacy LLC $33,000.00
9-12-18 606 Evergreen St., Norway, IA 52318 N/A $98,105.11 Cancelled as of 9-10-18
9-12-18 1513 3 Av, Belle Plaine, IA 52208 N/A $74,060.59 Cancelled as of 9-11-18
9-26-18 600 E Main St., Shellsburg, IA 52232 Two (2) Months $56,883.92 Michael Peters $79,000.00
10-3-18 101 Union Avenue, Urbana, IA 52345 N/A $65,577.71 Guild Mortgage Company $49,590.00
10-17-18 402 1 Av, Keystone, IA 52249 N/A $101,963.82 Freedom Mortgage Corp. $71,070.00
10-17-18 404 6 St., Belle Plaine, IA 52208 N/A $77,343.75 TJ Armanek $51,000.00
10-31-18 501 Fremont St NE, Blairstown, IA 52209 N/A $80,299.56 Hills Bank & Trust Company $83,082.62
11-14-18 107 Chase St SE, Blairstown, IA 52209 N/A $89,277.36 Cancelled as of 11-13-18
11-14-18 905 8 Av, Belle Plaine, IA 52208 N/A $93,991.29 BOKF, N.A. $37,950.00
11-14-18 1408 3 Av, Belle Plaine, IA 52208 N/A $92,949.36 Postponed to 1-9-19
11-14-18 1012 E 5 St, Vinton, IA 52349 Two (2) Months $86,335.68 Wells Fargo Bank NA $90,027.29
11-14-18 5641 14 Av, Dysart, IA/Vacant Land/ & 1358 56 St, Dysart, IA One (1) Year $1,195,629.44

Cancelled as of 11-21-18

11-28-18 211 Grove St. NW, Shellsburg, IA 52332 N/A $77,798.62 Linnie M. Speckner $27,000.00
12-19-18 1308 13 St., Belle Plaine, IA 52208 N/A $83,351.11 ...
12-19-18 717 12 St., Belle Plaine, IA and 1602 8 Av, Belle Plaine, IA N/A $76,920.70 ...


PAST SALES: 2014-2015, 2016 , 2017

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Q: Can I enter the residence I plan to purchase?
     A: No, if the residence is unoccupied.
Yes, if the residence is occupied and you get permission to enter from the residents.

2. Q: Does the Sheriff’s Office have keys to the residence?
A: No. In addition, the Sheriff’s Office cannot give permission for you to enter a residence.

3. Q: What happens if I am the highest bidder and change my mind about buying the property?
A: Pursuant to the Code of Iowa, 626.85, the judgment holder may proceed against you for the amount you bid. If the judgment holder does not wish to proceed against you, the sale will be treated as a nullity and the Sheriff’s Office will then proceed as mandated by the Code of Iowa.

 4. Q: How does the bidding start?
A: The judgment holder almost always starts the bidding. Generally, the judgment holder bids in writing a plaintiff’s bid on judgment. The judgment holder’s bid, if given to the Sheriff prior to the sale, is considered a sealed bid and will not be disclosed until the sale is called.

5. Q: If I purchase at a Sheriff’s Sale, who is responsible for back property taxes?
A: Taxes stay with the property. If you made the purchase, you are now responsible for the taxes.

6. Q: If I purchase and there is a redemption period, when do I get a Sheriff’s Deed?
A: If you purchase property with a redemption period, you will be issued a Certificate of Purchase. When the redemption period is up, you may then return the original Certificate of Purchase to the Sheriff and receive a Sheriff’s Deed. If you lose the original Certificate of Purchase, you will not receive a Sheriff’s Deed until you get a court order directing the Sheriff to issue you a duplicate Certificate of Purchase. (626.96) If you fail to have a Sheriff’s Deed issued within 8 years after the date of issuance of the Certificate of Purchase, the Sheriff’s Sale will be cancelled. (626.97)

7. Q: What does redemption period mean?
A: The redemption period is the amount of time after the sale that the defendant has the right to redeem the real estate.

8. Q: If I purchase and there is a redemption period, can I enter the property before the redemption period is up?
A: This is a question for your attorney.

9. Q: When I get a Sheriff’s Deed, what do I do next?
A: This is a question for your attorney.

10. Q: If I get a Sheriff’s Deed and there are people living there, how do I get them out?  Do I have to go through the eviction process?
A: These are questions for your attorney.

 11. Q: If I purchase at a Sheriff’s Sale, what name(s) and how should I have them typed on the Sheriff’s Deed or Certificate of Purchase
A: This is a question for your attorney.

12. Q: Can the Sheriff’s Office recommend an attorney?
      A: Absolutely not.

13. Q: If I purchase property at a Sheriff's Sale, do I get clear title?
      A: Clear title is not guaranteed to real property sold at a Sheriff's Sale.