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D, Home Buyer in Minnetonka, MN

How can you tell if the Sheriff's sale on a property has taken place? We are not the owners, it is abandoned.

Asked by D, Minnetonka, MN Tue Mar 24, 2009

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The date of the Sheriff's Sale is going to be in the public notice. These are advertised in a local newspaper for several weeks.

But, if you know the homeowner's name or the legal description, you might be able to google it because some of the local newspapers put their public notices online. The address will NOT be in the public announcement of the foreclosure. So here is what you can try...

1) Counties in Minnesota follow the same basic format for their website URLs:
where the _____ is the name of the county. For example, Anoka County's website is: Go to the county website where the property is located and they will have a property information or property tax link somewhere. All counties are different so you may have to look around a little bit, but you should be able to find a place where you can put in an address and get the basic information on the property.

2) Use the information from the county website and find the legal description - write it down. Most homes in developed neighborhoods are going to be something like: "Lot 7, Block 3, Happy Acres Estates" or something along those lines (Happy Acres Estates is just something I made up for this example).

3) The owners name will also be in the basic information on the county website. Write that down, unless it is a bank. If it is a bank, then just use the legal description.

Google the legal description and homeowners last name. You might also have to add the words "sheriff" or "mortgage" or "foreclosure", but in many cases, the public announcement will pop right up. That will tell you when the Sheriff's Sale is going to be.

I hope that helps!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Mar 28, 2009
The seller typically has 6 months from the date of the Sheriff's Sale to occupy the property but if it is abandoned and the mortgage company does their homework, they can get the redemption period down from 6 months to 5 weeks with a court hearing. The Hennepin County's list of sales on their web site is delayed by exactly 1 month.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Mar 25, 2009
It looks like you are in Minnetonka, you can go to to find out.
Web Reference:
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 24, 2009
Yes, this information is a matter of public record; I am located in Minnetonka and if you want me to find this for you, I will gladly do so. Just call me at 612-986-4105 or email the address to me at and I can get if for you the same day. This is a good question and one, I think, many people in our area have. Liz
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 24, 2009
You can check with the county it is public record.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 24, 2009
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