Mortgage foreclosures are either accomplished by action or by advertisement. In either case, the attorney for the mortgage company is required to publish a Notice of Foreclosure Sale in a qualified newspaper defined by Minnesota statute §331A.01. The Sheriff’s office then serves as the auctioneer at the sale.
A mortgagor may postpone a foreclosure sale: Minnesota Statute §580.07 Subd. 2. To postpone the sale, a mortgagor must:
Obtain an Affidavit of Postponement and have it recorded. Provide (mail or personal delivery) a recorded copy of the Affidavit of Postponement along with a copy of the Notice of Mortgage Foreclosure Sale to the Beltrami county Sheriff’s Office Civil Process division at least 15 days prior to the original sale date, along with the service fee. If the foreclosure is postponed, the redemption period will be reduced to five weeks
Oftentimes the sheriff is not involved in the foreclosure process until the day of the scheduled sale. For this reason, we may not have information about a property available if you call. Any questions regarding a sale should be directed to the attorney preparing the sale. Their telephone number is usually published with the Notice of Sale in the newspaper.
Interested bidders may wish to check with the County Recorder’s Office to research any subsequent mortgages and/or liens on the property. 218-333-4170 .
Interested bidders generally do not have access to view a property prior to sale. An exception would be if the property is listed for sale. In this instance, interested bidders may contact the realtor to arrange viewing of the property.
In Beltrami County, sales are typically conducted on Tuesdays at 10:00 AM in the lobby of the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office. The sheriff’s office conducts the sale using an open bidding process. A sheriff's deputy reads the Notice of Sale. The mortgages' representative will then open bidding with the amount due on the property. Any other interested buyers may then bid on the property. Bids must be in increments of one dollar or more. The buyer must present cash or certified funds in entirety to the sheriff at the time of the sale. After the sale, the sheriff issues a Report or Certificate of Sale.
The property is then subject to a redemption period, usually six or twelve months where the mortgagor may redeem or sell the premises. During that time, the mortgagor may continue to live in the home. If a mortgagor of their assign wish to redeem the property through the Sheriff’s office they must contact the civil process division at the Beltrami county Sheriff’s office not less than seven days prior to the redemption date. In order to redeem, the redeeming party must provide the following information:
- Name of mortgagor or other party redeeming, if not the mortgagor
- Date of mortgage foreclosure sale
- Date of redemption
- Address of property
- Contact information of person to whom the redemption figures can be provided.
The redemption payment amount is determined by the following:
- Amount bid at the foreclosure sale.
- Accrued interest from the date of sale to the date of redemption.
- Additional amounts paid by the purchaser, which may include insurance, taxes, assessments, etc. The purchaser must present an affidavit of additional amount due at redemption to the Sheriff’s Office Civil Process division within the redemption period to collect those amounts as part of the redemption.
- A non-refundable service fee payable to the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office for preparation of the certificate of redemption.
If the mortgagor does not redeem, creditors with liens on the property may then redeem. All redemption documents must be filed by the redeeming creditor with the Sheriff's Office Civil Process division at least one week prior to the end of the mortgagor’s redemption period. The documents filed will include copies of documents establishing the underlying lien on the property, and a Notice of Intent to Redeem showing they have been recorded with the county recorder or registrar of titles. There is a filing fee for each Notice of Intent to Redeem.
The same information to be provided at the time of request of redemption by the mortgagor must also be provided at the time of the request for redemption by a creditor.
If the mortgagor or a creditor does not redeem, the buyer may begin the eviction process after the Redemption period has expired.
Civil Process Disclaimer: This information is provided as a public service and intended to be a general overview of the responsibilities and duties of the Civil Process Division of the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office.
Please be aware the information presented is not comprehensive. This information does not provide legal advice, nor does it attempt to suggest a course of action. Do not rely on this information as legal advice. If you need legal advice, contact an attorney. If you are unsure how to proceed, consult an attorney. The Sheriff’s Office will not provide legal advice nor recommend any specific attorney.
Due to the changing nature of the law, this information may also become outdated. Therefore, please review and research statutes and rules of procedures. Laws in this area are complicated and an attorney can suggest the appropriate course of legal action to take in your case. In most cases, reference is made to applicable Minnesota Statutes. Minnesota Statutes are available online through the State of Minnesota’s website at https://www.revisor.mn.gov/ .
The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office does not warrant the accuracy of foreclosure information. Much of the information is gathered and presented by private parties who prepare foreclosures. The status of sale information can change due to court orders or corrective actions taken by interested parties.