Sheriff's Office Closed for Papal Visit

The Office of the Philadelphia Sheriff will be closed on Wednesday, September 23rd through Monday, September 28th due to the restrictions being enforced for the Papal Visit. 

Sheriff Office Announces New Start Time for All Foreclosure Sales


The Office of the Sheriff announced today a change to the Monthly Foreclosure Sales held in the First District Plaza building at 3801 Market Street in Philadelphia.

Starting January 5,2016, “ALL SALES”  will start at 9AM.

This will allow us to accommodate the increase in properties being brought to sale and provide us the opportunity to close out the sale processes by the end of the business day.


Sheriff Jewell Williams visited a first grade class at Albert Greenfield Elementary School for Career Day today.

During his visit, Sheriff Williams inducted the first graders in to his Deputy Sheriff's Posse and asked the students to take an anti-bullying pledge.

Sheriff Jewell Williams Looks Forward to Continued Progress in 2015

The year 2014 brought many positive changes to the office, including a trend of progress and technological advancements that have expanded our services and made the office as user-friendly as possible.

We made significant increases in not only the amount of writs satisfied, but the time it takes to have one processed is now down to 15 minutes—an extraordinary accomplishment thanks to our new computing system and advanced training.

Our Defendant Asset Recovery Team (D.A.R.T.) has returned close to $2 million to those owed money from property sold at a sheriff sale, and we even kicked off a radio show—“The Sheriff’s Roundup”—on WURD-AM that airs the first Saturday of every month at 1 p.m.

Our topics have ranged from informing consumers about holiday scams and illegal lockouts and evictions, to how to apply for funds that may be owed from the sheriff sale of a property.

Our presence in the community has increased to include not only workshops and seminars, but also issuing Sheriff Clean Block Certificates to Block Captains across the city in conjunction with the Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee (PMBC).

We also presented special Sheriff Clean Block Awards to the First, Second, and Third Place winners of PMBC’s annual Clean Block Contest.

In our continuing efforts to both serve and educate the public, we’ve created special brochures and handouts that explain everything from what to do when you are faced with an eviction from an apartment or residence that has been ordered sold at sheriff sale.

We also sponsored a series of stories on the changing urban landscape spurred by unprecedented amounts of gentrification that ran as a supplement in the Philadelphia Daily News.  It included invaluable information on this office, as well as referrals on grants to maintain your home, modify a mortgage, and even monetary support to help you through a rough period and keep your mortgage payments current.

Towards the end of the year our Bike Unit, under the leadership of Lieutenant Michael Bastone, started a toy drive to benefit children spending their holidays being treated at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. (CHOP).

The caravan to CHOP included a Sheriff’s Van that normally transports prisoners back and forth from area prisons to court.  It was literally filled from top to bottom, back to front, with donated toys.

It was a good way to end the year, and a perfect statement about the kind of commitment to community and duty in which this office has evolved.

I personally look forward to 2015 because we have set a solid foundation for the year by creating the positive momentum in 2014.

Introducing the Sheriff's Sale WebApp

Within the next few weeks, the Office of the Sheriff will release new functionality to our website to make it easier to search for Sheriff's Sale properties. Our new Sheriff’s Sale WebApp is an interactive web application that allows you to search for and browse properties for sale, view those properties as a list or on an interactive map, create custom lists that can be saved for future viewing, discover details about particular properties, and easily download the information that you want.

Easily Search for Properties

The Sheriff's Sale WebApp makes it easy to search for properties sold at Sheriff's Sale. You can search for a specific property by its address, book/writ number, or OPA number. You can view all properties being sold at a particular auction. You can also take advantage of the new "Advanced Search" features that allow you to search properties with a variety of parameters including, sale status, range of sale dates, opening bid, and attorney.

Browse Properties as a List or on an Interactive Map

In addition to viewing a simple list of properties being sold at auction, you can also browse properties on an interactive map. That way you can see which properties are for sale in a particular neighborhood. Each property on the map is color coded depending on whether the property is a mortgage foreclosure sale, or a tax sale.

Discover Details about Properties for Sale

By clicking on individual properties, you can view details about that property including sale date, sale type, opening bid, attorney on record, property owner, assessed value, zoning designation, and more. You will even be able to see a "Google Maps Street View" of the property to get a sense of what it looks like.

Add Properties to a "My Favorites" List

After browsing through the properties, you can easily add properties you are interested in to a "My Favorites" list for easy reference. You can download that list and bring it with you to a Sheriff's Sale.

Create and Save Custom Lists of Properties

The Sheriff's Sale WebApp makes it easy to query custom lists of properties across many parameters. By registering for an account, you can save your lists in the app for future reference.

Easily Download Data

Sheriff Jewell Williams is committed to making the Sheriff's Sale process more open and transparent. That's why we made it easy to download the data that you want as a spreadsheet so you can use that information how you want to use it. Any list of data that you pull up in the app can be downloaded with the click of a button.

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