Shame on me for not more quickly updating the link to the Marion County Civil Sheriff's foreclosure sale website to your left (under the heading "Indiana Courts/Govt."). We're good now. Marion County has a slick new website with lots of useful information about the local sheriff's sale process. The site also has links to many critical form documents. Any party or lawyer navigating through a sheriff's sale in Indianapolis should study this website. Click here for the full site.
As a reminder, in Indiana, mortgage foreclosures are judicial or, in other words, through the court system. As a general proposition, real estate collateral must be sold, pursuant to a judge's decree, by the county civil sheriff's office. Although the Indiana Code covers the fundamentals of the sheriff's sale process, the specific rules and procedures vary by county. I once presented at a foreclosure-related seminar, and one of my co-presenters accurately stated, in essence, that there are 92 counties in Indiana and therefore 92 different sets of rules applicable to sheriff's sales.
My advice is to call or visit the local civil sheriff's office to confirm the hoops through which you must jump, and when, to start and finish a successful sheriff's sale. Many if not most counties now have websites similar to Marion County's that are very helpful or at a minimum provide contact information. Despite information that may be available on the internet, I've found it to be invaluable to talk to, and form a working relationship with, the sheriff's staff member who will be handling your sale.
My practice includes the representation of parties involved in, or who wish to bid at, sheriff's sales. If you need assistance with a similar matter, please call me at 317-639-6151 or email me at [email protected]. You can follow me on Twitter @JohnDWaller or on LinkedIn, or you can subscribe to posts via RSS or email as noted on the top left of my home page.