How does the bidding process start?

The judgment holder almost always starts the bidding.  Generally, the judgment holder bids in writing a plaintiff’s bid on judgment.  This bid is usually given to the Sheriff before the day of the sale.  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.

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1. Can I enter a residence before purchasing it?
2. Does the Sheriff's Office have keys to the residence?
3. How does the bidding process start?
4. How do I pay for the purchase of a Sheriff's sale?
5. Do I have to pay my bid in full on the day of purchase?
6. What if I'm the highest bidder, but change my mind about buying the property?
7. Whose name should be on the Sheriff's deed or certificate of purchase?
8. Who is responsible for back property taxes?
9. If I purchase a property with a redemption period, when will I receive the Sheriff's deed?
10. If I purchase a property with a redemption period, can I enter the property before the redemption period ends?
11. What is the next step after receiving the Sheriff's deed?
12. What if I have the Sheriff's deed, but there are people living in the residence?