Foreclosure Sales Delayed to October, Move Online

NORRISTOWN PA – The sales of foreclosed or otherwise financially distressed properties in Montgomery County, which would have been subject to sheriff’s auctions between May and September (2020), have been postponed until October and then will be held online rather than in a county courtroom, Sheriff Sean Kilkenny reported Friday (July 24).

The announcement could affect dozens of properties in the county’s western half. The sheriff’s “Foreclosure Sales Listing” database, last updated Tuesday (July 28), shows them as:

  • 46 properties in the borough of Pottstown and Lower, Upper, and West Pottsgrove, Limerick, and New Hanover townships (all of which have Pottstown mailing addresses);
  • Nine in the boroughs of Collegeville and Trappe, and Upper and Lower Providence, Perkiomen, and Skippack townships (Collegeville addresses);
  • Eight in Limerick, New Hanover, and Douglass (Montgomery) townships (Gilbertsville addresses);
  • Six in Lower Salford, Skippack, and Towamencin townships (Harleysville addresses);
  • Two in Upper Providence Township (Mont Clare addresses);
  • 12 in the borough of Pennsburg and Upper Hanover Township (Pennsburg addresses);
  • Six in Lower and Upper Frederick townships (Perkiomenville addresses);
  • Two in Upper Providence Township (Phoenixville addresses);
  • Eight in the borough of Royersford and Upper Providence Township (Royersford addresses);
  • Two in Limerick and Lower Frederick townships (Schwenksville addresses);
  • One in West Pottsgrove Township (a Stowe address); and
  • One in Upper Pottsgrove Township (an Upper Pottsgrove address).

Some or all of the properties may be removed from the list if their owners make satisfactory arrangements with plaintiffs bringing these actions, or if the plaintiffs otherwise decide not to proceed. The data, the sheriff’s office said, is “only intended to be general summary information to the public,” and “does not warrant the accuracy, completeness, or timeliness of this information.”

Gov. Tom Wolf’s July 10 extended suspension of foreclosure-related sales, due to the coronavirus pandemic, remains in effect through Aug. 31. His decree in part contends that “displacement of individuals residing in Pennsylvania from their homes or residences during the current stage of the disaster emergency constitutes a public health danger to the Commonwealth.”

The county is taking its cue from both that order and “declarations of judicial emergency” that preceded it, Kilkenny said. And because of the need for “enhanced public safety measures designed to safeguard participants and staff,” he added, the auction will move online to the Bid4Assets.com website.

As of Tuesday at 5 a.m., Bid4Assets listed 254 residential properties for sale, only seven of which were located in Pennsylvania and none within the county. The sheriff’s office said it would schedule its first auctions Oct. 28 (Wednesday) at 1 p.m.

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