Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get in and look at the property?

• The Master Commissioner’s Office does not maintain a key to foreclosed properties.

How can I learn more about Master Commissioner Sales?

• We recommend that you contact a qualified real estate attorney. The Master Commissioner is an unbiased party to these legal actions. Neither he nor his staff will be able to provide you legal advice. We will however explain the statutory rules required in the bidding and purchase of these properties.

How can I stop my property from being sold by the Master Commissioner?

• The Master Commissioner’s office does not have the authority to stop a sale. Upon Order by the Court, we immediately move towards scheduling the property to be sold. We do not cancel the sale unless ordered by the Judge. If you are interested in discussing this matter, we recommend that you contact the Plaintiff’s Attorney.

Can I get a copy of the Appraisal?

• Please refer to “Scheduled Properties”. The appraisal information will be updated when available to the public.

How can I find out which properties are to be sold by the Master Commissioner in the future?

• Properties are not scheduled for Master Commissioner sale until ordered by the Court. If you are interested in a specific property, you may want to check public records. The Master Commissioner’s office will update the “Scheduled Properties” when available to the public.

Do I need insurance if I purchase a property at a commissioner’s sale?

• Yes, you should obtain insurance coverage on the property the day of sale. When you become the successful bidder at a commissioner’s sale, you are obligated to pay for the property despite any damage that may occur after the date of the Master Commissioner’s sale.

Does a master commissioner’s deed guarantee good title to the property?

• No. The commissioner’s deed conveys all of the right, title and interest of the parties to the foreclosure action. The Master Commissioner deed does not contain any additional warranties. We suggest that you retain an attorney to conduct a title examination prior to your closing with the Master Commissioner.

What if there are tax liens against the property for previous years?

• Taxes owed for previous years take priority over all other liens, so they are paid out of the proceeds of the sale. The purchaser is only responsible for the current year’s taxes unless it is announced otherwise in the sale notice.

Is there a list of pending foreclosure cases or of upcoming sales?

• There is no list of pending cases or of upcoming sales other than those shown on the scheduled sales page.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The information provided herein has been provided to you by the Master Commissioner’s Office Staff. Please be advised that it is not our intent to provide legal advice. It is highly recommended that you consult an attorney regarding questions.