What if I'm the highest bidder, but change my mind about buying the property?

Pursuant to Iowa Code 626.85, the judgment holder may proceed against you for the amount you bid.  If the judgment holder does not wish to proceed against you, the sale will be treated as a nullity and the Sheriff will then proceed as mandated by the Code of Iowa.

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1. Can I enter a residence before purchasing it?
2. Does the Sheriff's Office have keys to the residence?
3. How does the bidding process start?
4. How do I pay for the purchase of a Sheriff's sale?
5. Do I have to pay my bid in full on the day of purchase?
6. What if I'm the highest bidder, but change my mind about buying the property?
7. Whose name should be on the Sheriff's deed or certificate of purchase?
8. Who is responsible for back property taxes?
9. If I purchase a property with a redemption period, when will I receive the Sheriff's deed?
10. If I purchase a property with a redemption period, can I enter the property before the redemption period ends?
11. What is the next step after receiving the Sheriff's deed?
12. What if I have the Sheriff's deed, but there are people living in the residence?