In the state of PA, when you purchase a home at sheriff sales when do you legally take ownership of the property? At the time of the sheriff sale or the time you sign the deed?

Home was purchase at sheriff sale in PA on 5/4/17. The deed was signed by the
buyer and sheriff on 6/5/17. Which date is considered taking legal ownership?

Asked on September 8, 2017 under Real Estate Law, Pennsylvania


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

When the deed is signed: that represents the actual transfer of ownership. Purchasing at the sheriff's sales gives you a legally enforceable right to get the home--i.e. you could sue to enforce the sale and/or for compensation if it was not transferred to you--but only when the deed is signed by the sheriff and buyer does the transfer actually occur.

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