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real estate sales

The real estate office is open to the general public, hours are 7am to 3pm.  if making payments on remaining balances due or picking up checks is done until 2:30pm.

Beginning July 1, 2022 Real Estate Office Hours will be 7:00 am – 3:00 pm (payments will be accepted until 2:30 pm)


Starting on March 4, 2019 real estate division of the sheriff's office will not accept cash payments.  all payments must be cashier's checks only.  there will be no exceptions to this administrative rule by the franklin county sheriff's office. 

PLEASE READ: Beginning October 5, 2018, residential mortgage sheriff sales will be sold online. 
here for more information.  


The Franklin County Sheriff's Office Real Estate Division staff set foreclosure sale dates for all foreclosed properties within Franklin County. The staff works closely with the courts and law firms prior to the sale. The staff continues to work with the courts, law firms, and buyers after the sale to secure the deeds to the properties.

Basic Information

All sales are pursuant to the provisions of the Ohio Revised Code. Our Sheriff Sales are held every Friday morning at 9:00 am online at  unless court order is issued to sell the property in person will be held in the First Floor Press Room/Auditorium of the Franklin County Courthouse 373 S. High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215.  Sheriff Sales are not held on Federal Holidays.  

Properties are advertised for three consecutive weeks beginning five weeks prior to sale in the Daily Reporter Newspaper. This is your legal source of information. The information provided on our website at is a courtesy and should be verified for accuracy by the official advertisement. Additionally, if sold at physical location a list of the properties can be found in our Real Estate office located at 373 S High Street, Floor 2B, Columbus, Ohio 43215.

A court order is required to withdraw a property from sale. Withdrawal orders received by our office prior to the week of any scheduled sale are noted on our website and updated each day.  A complete list of the withdrawals will be read at the beginning of each auction.

Public notices is hereby given that all such Real Property to be sold at Public Action may be subject to any liens that may not be extinguished by the sale, and purchasers are urged to research prior to the bidding.

FCSO Real Estate Auction - what you need to know




Conditions of the Sale

All bids begin at 2/3 of the appraised value of the property, unless otherwise directed by court order. If you are the successful bidder, you will need to deliver a cashier's check in the amount of the required deposit as well as a completed Real Estate Judicial Sale Purchaser Information Form at the time of the final bid. This form is available for printing on this website. (THIS ONLY APPLIES IF THE PROPERTIES ARE BEING SOLD IN PERSON AND NOT ONLINE)

Any bidders wanting to purchase properties online please see website for instructions as deposits are required to be wired or ACH debit prior to bidding online. The balance will be due thirty days after confirmation of sale as required by HB 138. All sales stipulate "Buyer Beware."

Frequently Asked Questions

For Foreclosure please contact the Real Estate Division at 614-525-4231 and for Moving issues please contact the Civil Division at 614-525-3343.