A listing of our active Sheriff Sales will always be available at the following link:


Should you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact: Deputy Phyllis Haas at (419) 354-9373.

The following are guidelines for Sheriff’s Sales for Wood County, Ohio effective with any foreclosure sale held on or after Thursday, September 22, 2022. You may contact your personal attorney for legal advice regarding these sales.

The properties listed are NOT available for inspection by the Wood County Sheriff’s Office or by the Plaintiff. All sales are “buyer beware” and no warranties are expressed or implied.  All real property to be sold at the public auction may be subject to a Federal Tax Lien that may not be extinguished by the sale. You are encouraged to check with the Wood County Recorder’s Office to determine if there are any Federal Tax Liens.

The properties cannot be sold for less than 2/3 of the appraised amount, unless otherwise noted in the newspaper advertisement in The Sentinel-Tribune.

If there is no purchaser for the first Sheriff sale then due to House Bill 390, there will be a second date of sale (which will be advertised in the first publication). At this second sale there will be no set minimum bid. If sold at second sale the purchaser shall be responsible for costs, allowances and taxes that the proceeds of the sale are insufficient to cover.


Beginning on September 22,2022 the Wood County Sheriff’s Office will conduct the sale of all real estate subject to foreclosure on the “Official Public Sheriff’s Sale Website” which is operated by Realauction based on a contract with the Ohio Department of Administrative Services. The process and procedures under which these sales will be completed are detailed at the Realauction website  All prospective bidders should familiarize themselves with this new process.


All Delinquent Tax Sales will still be held in person at the Wood County Courthouse on the listed date at 10:00 AM.


The following is only for Foreclosures by the bank not for delinquent tax sales.

In general the following key points are noted:

  1. All person(s) who want to bid on a foreclosure property offered by the Wood County Sheriff’s Office must register with Realauction. Registration will include completion of the Purchaser Information Form.
  2. Properties will be open for bid, at least seven days immediately prior to the date of sale. This is generally known as a proxy bid.
  3. Each Thursday at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (EST), the online auction will begin. Auction will be conducted for each individual property; however only one property will be sold at a time. After a property is sold the next scheduled property sale will begin.
  4. To be a qualified participant, bidders must submit a deposit based on the total deposit requirement ($2,000/ $5,000/ $10,000 set by law) for all properties on which the bidder wishes to bid by the predefined deadlines. The only acceptable deposit types are bank wire transfer or ACH, no cash deposits will be accepted. All Wire Deposits must be received by 5 p.m. EST two (2) business days before the auction sale date. All ACH Deposits must be initiated by 4 p.m. EST five (5) business days before the auction sale date. It is the responsibility of the bidder to plan ahead and allow enough time for their bidding deposits to be received and processed within the timeframes described above.
  5. Plaintiff/Judgment Creditors – A Judgment Creditor is defined as the creditors (plaintiff or defendants) who are awarded judgment in the foreclosure case. Judgment Creditors are required to register for a Username and Password and fill in all appropriate fields. Per Ohio Revised Code 2329.211, in every action of Judicial Sale or Execution of residential property, if the Judgment Creditor is the purchaser, they shall not be required to make a deposit on the sale. However, Judgment Creditors are required to submit the bidding style choice (pre-sale manage bid or live bid) AND a copy of the court order stating they are the Judgment Creditor on the case they are bidding to Realauction Customer Service ( at least one (1) business day prior to the sale date.  Submission can be done via email or fax. Submission must include the bidder number and user account contact first and last name in the submission. For more information and training on requirements to participate in the online auctions as a Plaintiff/Judgment Creditor, please call (877) 361-7325 ext 245 or 246.

NOTE: Tax sales and Probate Sales will continue to be sold on location at One Courthouse Square, Bowling Green, OH 43402


Realauction will conduct webinar training classes. Training classes will be held via the Internet on a regular schedule. These webinar classes generally last 90 minutes and specifically cover the use of the software. Attendance is by registration only.

For additional information or to register for a webinar, please contact the Realauction Customer Service at (954) 734-7401 or toll free at (877) 361-7325. Customer Service can also be reached via email at


If the property has not been appraised (i.e. a tax sale) then the deposit will be 10% of the starting bid. No deposit will be less than $1,000.00. This amount will need to be given to the Sheriff’s Deputy as soon as all of the sales for that day are completed. If you do not have the money to put down at the time of the sale then you cannot bid on the properties. We will accept a personal check or a certified check for the deposit. The remainder of the money will be due in 30 – 90 days depending on how long the paperwork (confirmation of sale) takes to get filed. If you cannot complete the purchase for any reason, you may be cited for Contempt of Court. You could also lose your deposit (or more).

There is also a Purchaser Information Form that will need to be filled out by purchaser, whether it is the lienholder or a 3rd party.  The form asks for information on whose name the property should be deeded to and that information must be known at time of sale. Once this form is filled out, changes to the deed may only be made with a court order.

NOTE: Any checks that are returned for insufficient funds could result in criminal charges.

The Sheriff’s deed will be filed with the Wood County Auditor’s Office and the Wood County Recorder’s Office and mailed to purchaser.

Upon receipt of the deed from the Wood County Sheriff’s Office, if people are still living at the premises that you do not wish to remain, and they will not leave upon your request, you may file a Writ of Possession with the Wood County Clerk of Courts. The Clerk’s Office will then send the Writ of Possession to the Sheriff’s Office to be served upon the occupants.

Effective 7-1-2009:

  • The following are the new laws regarding recording deeds
  • There must be a 3 inch margin at the top of the first page and a 1 ½ inch margin at the top on any other pages.
  • There must be a 1 inch margin on the left, right and bottom of all pages.
  • Minimum paper size is 8.5” X 11” and maximum paper size is 8.5” X 14”.
  • Must use black or blue ink only.
  • No highlighting.
  • Ohio Revised Code Section 317.114 effective July 1, 2009

The following forms are available for your download and use:





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