Sheriff's Sale Information

Sheriff's Sales (Property Forfeiture Auctions)

All Sheriff's Sales are currently held at: Dallas County Courthouse, 801 Court Street, Adel, Iowa at 9:30 A.M. 


  • Every effort has been made to provide accurate information about the property being sold at foreclosure auctions. Dallas County nor the Dallas County Sheriff warrants or guarantees the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of the content on this site or the content which is referenced by or linked to this site. Assessing accuracy and reliability of information is the responsibility of the visitor and the buyer. 
  • It is important that you independently verify any and all information provided on this site.
  • The Judgment amounts listed does not contain all the costs due at the time of sale.

General Information

  • Sheriffs sales are generally held on a monthly basis at the Dallas County Courthouse located at 801 Court Street, Adel, Iowa at 9:30 A.M. - (check our website for the respective sale link or call our office to verify location)

  • The Sheriff’s office cannot guarantee clear title to the property. These properties are sold as is.

  • Each property should be researched before bidding. As with any real property purchase, it is advisable to consult an attorney who is knowledgeable in this area. 

  • The Dallas County Sheriff’s Office does not provide any warranty or guarantee on the condition or repair of the property or buildings on the property. 

  • The address listed for the property being sold is provided to us by the plaintiff’s attorney. The legal description takes precedence over the street address.

  • Sales are held as an auction and will be sold to the highest bidder. The plaintiff is entitled to submit a bid via mail or fax prior to the sale. The plaintiff’s bid is not disclosed until the time of the sale. This bid will be the opening bid. If no one else bids, the property will be sold to the plaintiff for their bid. Whoever has the highest bid, over the plaintiff’s bid will be the purchaser. All bids must be in U.S. currency and at face value.
  • If a private party wishes to bid, they must have a letter of credit for or exceeding their bid at the time of the sale. The successful bidder must return by 2:00 P.M. the same day with the total amount of their bid, as a cashier’s check or certified check made out to the Dallas County Sheriff.  If the first bidder does not show up with the bid amount by the time specified, the second highest bidder will then be contacted, and if purchased, they will have until 12:00 pm the following day to return with the amount of their bid. 

  • If you are the successful bidder you must deposit with the Sheriff, $100.00 in cash. When you return with the full amount of your bid, the cash will be returned to you. If you do not return with the bid amount, the Plaintiff has the option to sue you for the amount of your bid. The $100.00 deposit will not be refunded and will be used for costs of the resale. 

  • Most of these sales are for mortgage foreclosures which means that the debtor is in arrears on the mortgage. The sale may be a foreclosure of a second mortgage rather than a first mortgage, which will leave the first mortgage still in place. There also may be stipulations in the foreclosure decree that have special provision for certain debts. Some sales have redemption periods, where the debtor may have up to a year to redeem the property. 

  • If a foreclosure sale does not have a redemption period, a deed is issued within seven (7) days. If the foreclosure sale does have a redemption period, a Certificate of Purchase is issued and the Original Certificate of Purchase must be turned in at the end of the redemption period, for a Sheriff’s Deed, providing the property has not been redeemed. The Sheriff’s office charges $30.00 for the processing of the deed. 

  • All foreclosures are published in a local Dallas County newspaper.

  • All potential buyers should be aware that the property may be occupied and eviction procedures may be required prior to obtaining physical possession of the property. 

  • No access is granted to the property prior to the sale. It is private property and trespassing is a legal offense punishable by fines and/or jail time.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I get information on Sheriff Sales?
All Sheriff's sales are published in one local newspaper and posted in three public locations and can be accessed on our website under Sheriff's sales.

If I am interested in bidding at a Sheriff Sale what do I need to do?
You must appear in person at the time of the sale and have a letter of credit from a bank and/or lending institution. A written bid will be submitted from the plaintiff/plaintiff s attorney on the subject property and will be the opening bid. If you are the successful bidder a $100 cash deposit will be required at the time of the sale. A cashiers check for the total amount after the bid must be returned to the Sheriff's office by 2:00 PM the day of the sale and at this time the $100 will be returned. If you do not return with the bid amount the plaintiff has the option sue you for the amount of your bid and the $100 will be forfeited for costs of resale. 

Note: The Dallas County Sheriff's Office does not provide any warranty or guarantee on the condition or repair of the property or buildings on the property. All bidders should research any other liens, easements, property lines, encumbrances and limitations on the property. The properties are sold strictly "as is" for the plaintiff listed on the sale notice. Any legal questions regarding title, liens, etc. should be directed to your legal counsel.

Why is a Sheriffs sale cancelled?
A Sheriff's sale can be cancelled by a plaintiff's attorney for numerous reasons that are not disclosed to the Sheriff's Office. A property can reappear on the Sheriff's sale at future dates. Monitor monthly sheriff's sales for this action.

Why is a Sheriff's Sale postponed?
Per the Code of the State of Iowa a Sheriff's sale may be postponed by either the plaintiff's attorney or the Sheriff. A new date of sale will be announced at the time of the original sale.

Can I access a property prior to sale?
No access is granted prior to a Sheriff's sale. Sales are strictly sight unseen.

How do I find out who purchased a property at Sheriff's sale?
Refer to the Sheriff's website for the corresponding month of the sale for purchaser information and sale price. 

If my property is purchased at a sale, when do I have to be out?
The successful bidder takes possession of the property upon payment in full to the Sheriff's Office on the day of the sale. Govern yourself accordingly. 

Glossary of Terms

Plaintiff:  Company or person filing the lawsuit (foreclosure). 

Defendant: Persons or company against whom the lawsuit (foreclosure) has been filed. The persons who have judgments against the primary defendants are also listed as defendants because they are being notified of the foreclosure proceedings. Their judgments will be wiped out as judgments against the property, with the Sheriffs sale of the property. 

Case Number: The case number the court assigned to a court case when it is filed. 

Auction Date: The date the property is set for auction. Delays may be announced at the time of the auction. 

Address of Sale Property: The address the Attorney gives us as the property being sold as described in the foreclosure decree by a legal description. 

Redemption Period: The amount of time the defendant(s) is allowed by law to purchase the property back (redeem) after the sale for the purchase price plus costs reported to the clerk of court by the purchaser. Some of these properties will not be for redemption, the ones that are may vary from 30 days to one year. 

Sale Date: Date property was actually sold. 

Price: Price property was sold for. 

Purchaser: Company or person to whom the property was sold.