With COVID-19 rampant across the U.S., sheriffs in Pennsylvania sought to find a way to continue their auctions without risking further spread of the infection. A progressive sheriff decided to transition his county’s sheriff sales to an online auction format. Other sheriffs quickly followed suit. While the impetus for change was promoting public safety, the online sales brought a variety of unexpected benefits, ranging from increased sales to streamlining repetitive tasks and even generated positive feedback from bidders and attorneys.
This webinar explores how the online transition worked, how it affected all involved parties and what happened as a result. The webinar will conclude with audience Q&A of the CEO of online auction company Bid4Assets.com (who are now offering their services nationwide at no cost to counties) and the head of real estate for the first Pennsylvania sheriff’s office to ever conduct online sheriff sales.
The National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) is one of the largest associations of law enforcement professionals in the United States, representing more than 3,000 elected sheriffs across the nation, and a total membership of more than 20,000. NSA is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising the level of professionalism among sheriffs, their deputies, and others in the field of criminal justice and public safety. Throughout its seventy-seven year history, NSA has served as an information clearinghouse for sheriffs, deputies, chiefs of police, other law enforcement professionals, state governments and the federal government.
Bid4Assets is an online auction site based in Silver Spring, Maryland. The privately held company auctions distressed real estate for the federal government, sheriff’s offices, county treasurers and tax-collectors, and financial institutions. Since its inception in 1999, the company has sold more than 125,000 properties nationwide and grossed over a billion dollars in auction sales.