Oneida County Sheriff's Office

Rhinelander, Wisconsin

Sheriff’s Sales


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The information contained on this site is for general guidance only and is in no way intended to be legal advice.  As such, it should not be used as a substitute for consultation with an attorney or other advisor as necessary.


Sheriff’s Sales are typically conducted at 10:00am in the lobby of the Oneida County Courthouse on the first and third Wednesdays of each month.  The Oneida County Courthouse is located at 1 S Oneida Avenue, Rhinelander, WI 54501

Sales are subject to adjournment or cancellation at any time without notice.


All property is sold “AS IS” and not available for viewing.  The property is also subject to all liens and encumbrances.  10% of the successful bid must be paid to the Oneida County Clerk of Courts at the time of sale in cash, cashier’s check, or certified funds from the bank (personal checks cannot and will not be accepted).  *Suggestion:  Have 10% of whatever amount you are prepared to bid with you.  The balance of the successful bid must be paid to the Oneida County Clerk of Courts in cash, cashier’s check, or certified funds within 10 days of the Confirmation of Sale.  Failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to the plaintiff.  Buyer to pay all applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax.  Buyer to pay the cost of title evidence.

Foreclosure sales are for real property only. The Sheriff’s Office does not know whether or not persons occupy the property. Further, we cannot give permission for any prospective bidders to enter and inspect any structure that may be located on the property to be sold.  The Sheriff’s Office cannot provide legal advice as to how to determine what financial interest is outstanding.  Resources available may be a title search, record search, search the records of the Clerk of Courts and the Register of Deeds.  Should you have a legal question, we recommend you consult an attorney.

The Sheriff’s Office does not have specific information about the condition of the property or other pertinent information (i.e. how many bedrooms, how many bathrooms, is it lake property, etc.).  Any questions about the property should be directed to the attorney’s office handling the sale.

Properties sold at auction by the Sheriff’s Office are generally advertised in The Northwoods River News and listed on this website under the Sheriff’s Sales tab.

In addition to newspaper advertising, written notice describing the real estate to be sold will be posted in two (2) public places within Oneida County at least three weeks prior to the date of the sale and also in one (1) public place (town hall) of the municipality where the real estate is situated if it is within the county.

Sales of property are “open-type” auction sales (no sealed bids).  A minimum bid is normally bid on the first round by the Plaintiff.  All bidders are required to have their 10% down payment upon completion of the bidding.

The highest bidder at the sale shall be the Purchaser.  If any dispute arises as to who may be the highest bidder, the property will be resold.

If you are the successful bidder, a deed for the property will be issued to you upon full payment of the bid.  This deed may not give clear title to the property.  In order to obtain a clear title one must satisfy all superior liens and encumbrances.  If a purchaser does not complete the sale, the purchaser can be held liable for their deposit, and for all losses and expenses.  Please contact the attorney for the Plaintiff if you have any questions regarding the deed or any other matter after the sale.

If you are interested in a particular piece of property, we recommend a title search before you actually bid.

If the property you purchase is occupied, it is your responsibility to have the occupants removed, making sure to follow proper eviction processes.

In most cases, the owner can redeem the property, even after the sale, up until the time of the Confirmation Hearing.  The Confirmation Hearing is held within approximately two weeks of the sale date.  At this time, the courts review the sale results as well as any challenges declared.  Once the courts approve the sale, the new deed will be issued.  By law, the owner can declare bankruptcy within that same time period.  If you are the successful bidder, you do not own the property until you are issued the Deed to the property.

Should you have a legal question, we recommend you consult an attorney.

Each property is sold subject to restrictions of record which are unknown to the Sheriff and subject to any unpaid taxes, and such state of facts as an accurate survey and physical inspection of the premises may reveal.

The highest bidder at the sale shall be the Purchaser.

If you are the successful bidder on a property, you are required to post a deposit of 10% of the total bid price in cash, certified check, or money order immediately after the close of that sale. Certified checks must be made payable to: Oneida County Clerk of Courts.

There are times when the sale of property is not completed on the date advertised because of adjournments, settlements or bankruptcies. We recommend you call Terri at the Sheriff’s Office on the scheduled date of the sale to determine the status of the sale.


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