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Dane County Sheriff Sales are conducted every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. in Room 2002 of the Public Safety Building, 115 W. Doty Street, Madison, WI.

Foreclosure sales are for real property only. The Sheriff's Office does not know whether or not persons occupy the property. Further, we cannot give permission for any prospective bidders to enter and inspect any structure that may be located on the property to be sold.

Properties sold at auction by the Sheriff's Office are generally advertised in The Wisconsin State Journal and Capital Times on-line newspaper, as well as http://new.madison.com/legal-notices/. Notices appear once for each of the six weeks prior to the date of sale.

In addition to newspaper advertising, written notice describing the real estate to be sold is posted, at least three weeks prior to the date of the sale, in the town or municipality where the real estate is to be sold and also in a public places of the town or municipality where the real estate is situated if it is not in the City of Madison. A copy of the notice may also be found on this website.

All properties are sold "as is". The Dane County Sheriff's Office does not have any specific information regarding the condition of the property being sold. Persons interested in obtaining information about a property are encouraged to contact the plaintiff or their attorney of record.

Sales of property are “open-type” auction sales with the plaintiff normally submitting an opening bid. Anyone else can bid on the property. The property goes to the highest bidder. If you have a serious interest in a property, you may desire to contact a title company or an attorney to perform a title search. Questions regarding the legalities of purchasing a foreclosed home should be directed to an attorney that specializes in foreclosures. Further, it is the buyer’s responsibility to have the occupants legally removed if the property is occupied.

The successful bidder is responsible for any and all legal encumbrances on the property, including any unpaid real estate taxes and the real estate transfer fee. The successful third party bidder is required to have 10% of their bid in cash or in bank-certified funds made payable to the Dane County Clerk of Courts at the time of sale. The balance is due following the confirmation of sale hearing.

There are times a sale does not take place as advertised due to adjournment, settlement, or cancellations. All sales are subject to cancellation or adjournment at any time without notice.

I want to inspect the property before I bid on it. How do I go about that?

The Sheriff's Office does not know whether or not persons occupy the property and has no lawful authority to give permission for any prospective bidder to enter and inspect any structure located on the property to be sold. As such, properties likely cannot be inspected prior to the sale. The prospective purchaser buys the property, more or less, "as is, where is." Any other questions regarding this, should be directed to the attorney for the plaintiff or the mortgage company.

I want to know more about the property for sale. How many bedrooms does it have? How many bathrooms does it have? What are the real estate taxes? Does the well and septic need improvement? Are there any liens on the property? Are there any back taxes due? Are there any easements? How old is the roof? Are there any plumbing issues? Has the house been winterized (if vacant)? How old is the furnace? Does the house have central air conditioning? Does the property meet code?

The Sheriff's Office conducts the sale of the property, but does not have specific information regarding the property or the condition of the property and what improvements may be required.

All properties are sold "as is". Persons interested in obtaining information about a property are encouraged to contact the plaintiff or their attorney of record.

If you have a serious interest in a property, you may desire to contact a title company or an attorney to perform a title search. Questions regarding the legalities of purchasing a foreclosed home should be directed to an attorney that specializes in foreclosures. Further, it is the buyer’s responsibility to have the occupants legally removed if the property is occupied.

The Notice of Foreclosure Sale states a judgment was entered on a specific date for a specific amount against the defendant. Is this amount the opening bid?

The plaintiff determines the opening bid. The mathematical equation to determine this is not known by the Sheriff's Office. The opening bid may be below or above the amount specified in the judgment.

How and where do I go to research what encumbrances may be levied on the property? I might be interested in the property, but how do I research the financial obligations that go with the property? What about back taxes? What about other defendants listed on the Notice of Foreclosure Sale?

The buyer assumes all liens and legal encumbrances on the property. The Sheriff's Office cannot provide legal advice on how to properly investigate what financial obligations may be outstanding. Other defendants listed on the Notice of Foreclosure Sale may have a financial interest in the property. Resources available may be a title search, record search, the Clerk of Courts, Treasurer, and the Register of Deeds.

If I bid on the property, will I be given time after the sale to go the bank and get the amount specified in the minimum deposit language contained in the Notice of Foreclosure Sale?

The successful third party bidder is required to have 10% of their bid in cash or in bank-certified funds made payable to the Dane County Clerk of Courts at the time of sale.

Some Sheriff Sales are either cancelled or adjourned. Why?

The plaintiff in the case may cancel or adjourn a Sheriff's Sale. Typical reasons for doing so include settlement or bankruptcy. In this situation, the Sheriff's Office has no control over whether a sale is cancelled or adjourned or how many times that may occur.

In addition, the Sheriff’s Office may adjourn the sale up to 3 months at the if the Sheriff’s Office considers it in the interest of all persons concerned . Notice of adjournment is given at the time and place fixed for the sale. Further notice shall be given by posting or publishing the same, or both, as the time and circumstances permit.

Where do I find postings for Sheriff Sales?

A copy of the Notice of Foreclosure Sale is posted on the bulletin board near the west entrance of the City County Building, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Madison, WI. If the property for sale is outside the City of Madison, a notice is also posted in the municipality where the property is situated. A copy of the notice is also available for viewing on our website.

  1. CITY OF MADISON
    City-County Building, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Madison, WI (bulletin board at Wilson Street entrance)
  2. TOWN OF ALBION
    Albion Town Hall, 620 Albion Road, Edgerton, WI
  3. VILLAGE OF BELLEVILLE
    Belleville Village Hall, 24 West Main Street, Belleville, WI
  4. TOWN OF BERRY
    Berry Town Hall, 9046 Highway 19, Mazomanie, WI
  5. VILLAGE OF BLACK EARTH
    Black Earth Village Hall, 1210 Mills Street, Black Earth, WI
  6. TOWN OF BLACK EARTH
    1116 Mills Street, Black Earth, WI
  7. TOWN OF BLOOMING GROVE
    Blooming Grove Town Hall, 1880 South Stoughton Road, Madison, WI
  8. VILLAGE OF BLUE MOUNDS
    Blue Mounds Village Hall, 11011 Brigham Avenue, Blue Mounds, WI
  9. TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS
    Blue Mounds Town Hall, 10566 Blue Vista Road, Blue Mounds, WI
  10. TOWN OF BRISTOL
    Bristol Town Hall, 7747 Highway N, Sun Prairie, WI
  11. VILLAGE OF BROOKLYN
    Brooklyn Village Hall, 102 North Rutland Avenue, Brooklyn, WI
  12. TOWN OF BURKE
    Burke Town Hall, 5365 Reiner Road, Madison, WI
  13. VILLAGE OF CAMBRIDGE
    Cambridge Village Hall, 200 Spring Street, Cambridge, WI
  14. TOWN OF CHRISTIANA
    Christiana Town Hall, 772 East Koshkonong Road, Cambridge, WI
  15. VILLAGE OF COTTAGE GROVE
    Cottage Grove Village Hall, 221 East Cottage Grove Road, Cottage Grove, WI
  16. TOWN OF COTTAGE GROVE
    Cottage Grove Town Hall, 4058 Highway N, Cottage Grove, WI
  17. TOWN OF CROSS PLAINS
    Cross Plains Town Hall, 3734 Highway P, Cross Plains, WI
  18. VILLAGE OF CROSS PLAINS
    Cross Plains Village Hall, 2417 Brewery Road, Cross Plains, WI
  19. TOWN OF DANE
    Dane Town Hall, 210 West Main Street, Dane WI
  20. VILLAGE OF DANE
    Dane Village Hall, 102 West Main Street, Dane, WI
  21. VILLAGE OF DEERFIELD
    Deerfield Village Hall, 4 North Main Street, Deerfield, WI
  22. TOWN OF DEERFIELD
    Deerfield Town Hall, 838 London Road, Deerfield, WI
  23. VILLAGE OF DEFOREST
    DeForest Village Hall, 306 DeForest Street, DeForest, WI
  24. TOWN OF DUNKIRK
    Dunkirk Town Hall, 654 Highway N, Stoughton, WI
  25. TOWN OF DUNN
    Dunn Town Hall, 4156 Highway B, McFarland, WI
  26. CITY OF FITCHBURG
    Fitchburg City Hall, 5520 Lacy Road, Fitchburg, WI
  27. TOWN OF MADISON
    Madison Town Hall, 2120 Fish Hatchery Road, Madison, WI
  28. VILLAGE OF MAPLE BLUFF
    Maple Bluff Village Hall, 18 Oxford Place, Madison, WI
  29. VILLAGE OF MARSHALL
    Marshall Village Hall, 130 South Pardee Street, Marshall, WI
  30. VILLAGE OF MAZOMANIE
    Mazomanie Village Hall, 133 Crescent Street, Mazomanie, WI
  31. TOWN OF MAZOMANIE
    Mazomanie Town Hall, 711 West Hudson Street, Mazomanie, WI
  32. VILLAGE OF MCFARLAND
    McFarland Village Hall, 5915 Milwaukee St
  33. TOWN OF MEDINA
    Medina Town Hall, 634 Highway 19, Marshall, WI
  34. CITY OF MIDDLETON
    Middleton City Hall, 7426 Hubbard Avenue, Middleton, WI
  35. TOWN OF MIDDLETON
    Middleton Town Hall, 7555 West Old Sauk Road, Verona, WI
  36. CITY OF MONONA
    Monona City Hall, 5211 Schluter Road, Monona, WI
  37. TOWN OF MONTROSE
    1341 Diane Avenue, Belleville, WI
  38. VILLAGE OF MT. HOREB
    Mount Horeb Village Hall, 138 East Main Street, Mount Horeb, WI
  39. VILLAGE OF OREGON
    Oregon Village Hall, 117 Spring Street, Oregon, WI
  40. TOWN OF OREGON
    Oregon Town Hall, 1138 Union Road, Oregon, WI
  41. TOWN OF PERRY
    Perry Town Hall, 10084 Highway A, Mount Horeb, WI
  42. TOWN OF PLEASANT SPRINGS
    Pleasant Springs Town Hall, 2534 Highway N, Stoughton, WI
  43. TOWN OF PRIMROSE
    Primrose Town Hall, 8468 Highway A, Verona, WI
  44. TOWN OF ROXBURY
    Roxbury Town Hall, 7161 Kippley Road, Sauk City, WI
  45. TOWN OF RUTLAND
    Rutland Town Hall, 785 Center Road, Stoughton, WI
  46. VILLAGE OF SHOREWOOD HILLS
    Shorewood Hills Village Hall, 810 Shorewood Boulevard, Madison, WI
  47. TOWN OF SPRINGDALE
    Springdale Town Hall, 2379 Town Hall Road, Mount Horeb, WI
  48. TOWN OF SPRINGFIELD
    Springfield Town Hall, 6157 Highway P, Dane, WI
  49. CITY OF STOUGHTON
    Stoughton City Hall, 381 East Main Street, Stoughton, WI
  50. TOWN OF SUN PRAIRIE
    Sun Prairie Town Hall, 5556 Twin Lane Road, Marshall, WI
  51. CITY OF SUN PRAIRIE
    Sun Prairie City Hall, 300 East Main Street, Sun Prairie, WI
  52. TOWN OF VERMONT
    Vermont Town Hall, 4017 Highway JJ, Black Earth, WI
  53. TOWN OF VERONA
    Verona Town Hall, 7669 County Rd PD, Verona, WI
  54. CITY OF VERONA
    Verona City Hall, 111 Lincoln Street, Verona, WI
  55. TOWN OF VIENNA
    Vienna Town Hall, 7161 Highway I, DeForest, WI
  56. VILLAGE OF WAUNAKEE
    Waunakee Village Hall, 500 West Main Street, Waunakee, WI
  57. TOWN OF WESTPORT
    Westport Town Hall, 5387 Mary Lake Road, Waunakee, WI
  58. TOWN OF WINDSOR
    Windsor Town Hall, 4084 Mueller Road, DeForest, WI
  59. TOWN OF YORK
    York Town Hall, 796 York Center Road, Marshall, WI
An original notice and one copy of the notice is needed for property located in the City of Madison and an additional copy is needed for property located within Dane County (original plus 2). If you would like a copy signed and returned, please include an extra copy along with a self addressed stamped envelope. A posting fee of $75 should be included with your notices made payable to: Dane County Sheriff. The additional $75 sale fee can be billed to you after the sale or sent in prior to the sale. If you send the sale fee along with the posting fee and the sale is cancelled you will receive a refund, generally within 90 days of the sale.