Defiance County Sheriff Star

Douglas J. Engel, Sheriff

Sheriff's Sales

Sheriff's Sales:
Realauction website

Delinquent Land Tax Sales:
Treasurer's Office

Pursuant to House Bill 390, Defiance County Sheriff Sales of Real Estate will be sold on the public sheriff’s sale website operated by Realauction in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Administrative Services. The new process and procedures are detailed on the Realauction website. Sheriff's Sales will be conducted on-line for Orders of Sale received after August 1, 2022. Tax sales will still be held at the Treasurer's Office

General changes are:

Appraised Value Deposit Required
0 - $10,000 $2,000
$10,000 - $200,000 $5,000
$200,000+ $10,000

Webinar training classes are available through Realauction. Classes generally last 90 minutes for their software’s instructions. Attendance is by on-line registration or contacting Realauction Customer Service at 954-734-7401 or 877-361-7325. Customer Service can also be reached via e-mail at

Publication of sales will be in the The Crescent News.

Plaintiff / Judgment Creditor

Registration is required; however, the deposit is not required. Further guidance is available in the Plaintiff and Judgement Creditor Instructions

Bidding style choice (pre-sale manage bid or live bid) and a verification from the court stating you are the judgment creditor is needed for each particular case. Court papers may be sent to at least one day before the sale. Please include your bid number and user account’s first and last name.

Any questions, please contact 877-361-7325, ext. 245 or 246.

The Defiance County Sheriff’s Office is NOT associated in any way with showing these properties. Please do not contact the Sheriff’s Office to make arrangements to view these properties. If you choose to view the property, you do so at your own risk as it may be occupied.