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Special Proceedings Division:  Foreclosures

The following is the general process for the conduct of foreclosures and upset bids. This information is not intended as legal advice; as with any judicial proceeding, it is strongly recommended that you seek competent legal counsel to help you.

If you are at risk of foreclosure please click on the link below.

In this Division
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Sale of Foreclosed Properties

  1. A Notice of Sale assigns a date for the property to be sold at public auction.
  2. Auctions are conducted in front of the bulletin boards on the Ground Floor – Salisbury Street.
  3. Upon completion of any particular auction, a Report of Sale is filed with the Special Proceedings Division.
  4. A ten (10) day period is provided by law for the filing of upset bids; if that ten (10) day period elapses and no upset bids have been filed, the property is considered legally sold.

Cash, Certified Check, or Money Order ONLY payable to the Clerk of Superior Court

For your convenience, the Clerk of Court’s Office maintains copies of all foreclosures and judicial sales in the “Report of Sale Book and Upset Bid Books” located in the lobby of the Special Proceedings Division.


Filing Upset Bids

  1. After a property is sold at public auction but before the ten (10) day upset bidding period elapses, any interested party may file an upset bid (Certified Funds Only) with the Special Proceedings Division.
  2. To file an upset bid, the bid must be raised by either $750.00 or at least 5% of the new bid (whichever is greater) must be deposited with the Clerk of Superior Court.
  3. Once an upset bid is filed, a new ten (10) day upset bidding period begins. Once this upset bidding period elapses and no new upset bids have been filed, the property will be considered legally sold to the highest bidding party.
  4. If the highest bidding party defaults on their bid, they may lose their deposit and a new sale process will begin.

For more information about foreclosure proceedings, you may visit the Special Proceedings Division on the 12th floor of the Wake County Courthouse. Please see Directions for our location and directions.

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Wake County Clerk of Court
Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 351 Raleigh, NC 27602-0351
Automated Directory Phone: (919) 792-4000
Physical Addresses:
Wake County Courthouse
316 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27602
Wake County Justice Center
300 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27602
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