Requirements for Requesting Expedited Real Estate Sales - Vacant /Abandoned Properties
For additional service requirements, or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office at (570) 517-3312.

The deposit (for attorneys presenting property for sale) is $2,000.00. We will only accept law firm checks and cashier's checks. We reserve the right to request additional deposit monies.

Act 32 of 2018 “Vacant and Abandoned Real Estate Foreclosure Act” (effective 12/2018) calls for an expedited procedure to reduce delays in an action of Mortgage Foreclosure in which the property has been deemed Vacant or Abandoned.  New incoming expedited sales will require an accelerated sale fee of $500.00 in addition to the following documents:

The following is required for all new Real Estate Sale Packages:


    • Prothonotary issued Writ of Execution
    • FILED copy of praecipe for Writ of Execution (must be time stamped by Prothonotary)
    • FILED copy of the Affidavit 3129.1 (must be time stamped by Prothonotary)​
    2. Certification Pursuant to Act 32 of 2018​ - Expedited Sale Fee - 
    • ​Submit one (1) signed copy.
    • Submit two (2) copies.
    • A separate copy is required for each tax-coded parcel.​
    • Original is filed in the Prothonotary Office.
    • Submit one (1) copy to the Sheriff's Office.
    • ​​Submit three (3) copies.
    • ​​Submit three (3) copies.
    7. Legal Description - 
    • Submit ten (10) legible copies.
    • Must include the Tax Code and PIN number.
    8. Sheriff Service Process Receipt  
    • See instructions below. All highlighted fields must be completed.
    • An individual Sheriff Service Process Receipt is required for the following:
      1. One form is required for posting the property.

        • A separate form is required for each tax-coded parcel.
        • Include the tax code and PIN number along with the address of the property to be posted.

      2. One form (1) is required for advertising.​​
      3. One form (1) is needed per individual​ to be served by the Sheriff.
        • ​Please select only one service type per form.
        • Please provide a complete address.
​​​​                    4. P.O. Box addresses can only be used for mailing services.

8. Copy of the mortgage in execution, plus all assignments of mortgages. A follow-up is required for any changes thereafter. All updates MUST be received no later than the week after sale.

9. Deeding instructions including the full name and address of the party the property is to be conveyed to. A follow-up is required for any changes thereafter which MUST be received no later than the week after sale.

10. (2) Self-addressed stamped envelopes for return of service affidavits.

11. Post Sale Requirement- - A Realty Transfer Tax Statement of Value​ will be required within one week after the sale. We need a signed original and one copy (front and back). PLEASE NOTE: When Deeds are ready for recording, if the property is being deeded to an entity other than the holder of the mortgage, a check for transfer tax must be payable to "Recorder of Deeds" and submitted to the Sheriff's Office also. 

Conditions of Sale for Real Estate

Terms of ten (10%) percent of the bid price or Sheriff's costs, whichever is higher at the time of the sale. Notice is hereby given that the Sheriff will file a schedule of distribution, no later than thirty days (30) days after the day of the sale, and that distribution will be made in accordance with the schedule unless exceptions are filed thereto within then (10) days thereafter.​