Foreclosure Information for Rhode Island

Where can I get the most up-to-date information about Rhode Island foreclosure sales?

To learn more about foreclosure sales, go to the appropriate website or contact the County or Foreclosure Sale Agent directly.  Legal notices are published in a variety of local newspapers that participate in the program. 

Always double-check any information about foreclosure sales with the proper County or Foreclosure Sale Agent. The following foreclosure FAQs were not created in collaboration with the County or the Foreclosure Sale Agent. These FAQs are offered solely for educational and informational purposes, and are not intended to replace professional advice, whether legal, real estate, or otherwise. The presented information is subject to change. Please make use of the county-specific links and contact information provided for the most up-to-date information on foreclosure sales. To properly comprehend the foreclosure process and foreclosure sales, potential bidders should seek expert assistance and carefully research the County or Foreclosure Sale Agent’s Terms of Sale, as well as contact the County or Foreclosure Sale Agent.

In Rhode Island, how does a foreclosure sale work?

A public auction is held for a foreclosure sale, which is open to all bidders. At the event, the property is either sold to a third-party bidder or reverts to the beneficiary (Mortgagee, Bank, or Lender) as a Real Estate Owned (REO) Foreclosure. Please request a copy of the bidding regulations and thoroughly research the sale process by contacting the relevant County or Foreclosure Sale Agent.

When and where do foreclosure auctions take place?

Foreclosure sales take place at different times and locations depending on the county. For detailed information, please visit the webpage of the applicable County or Foreclosure Sale Agent or contact the County or Foreclosure Sale Agent directly.

What should I bring to the foreclosure auction?

At the time of sale, most counties demand funds to be paid in cash, bank money order, or certified check. It’s possible that personal checks, company checks, letters of credit, and credit cards won’t be accepted. For detailed information, go to the webpage of the respective County or Foreclosure Sale Agent or contact the County or Foreclosure Sale Agent directly.

What if a Property is canceled or rescheduled?

A property’s sale may be canceled or postponed for a variety of reasons prior to the commencement of bidding at the auction. There is no certainty that a certain Property will be put up for sale. For detailed information, please visit the webpage of the applicable County or Foreclosure Sale Agent or contact the County or Foreclosure Sale Agent directly.

Will the property be free of all liens and encumbrances?

No, most of the time. Many homes will be offered “as is, where is,” with all flaws and restrictions. All potential bidders are encouraged to undertake their own due diligence and research on all aspects of the Properties they are interested in purchasing. Prior to the sale, it is recommended that you seek independent guidance to complete your due diligence and gain a thorough understanding of the foreclosure process and foreclosure sales in general. Prior to the transaction, you must do a title search and seek any necessary guidance from counsel. For specific Property and title information, please visit the appropriate County or Foreclosure Sale Agent website or contact the County or Foreclosure Sale Agent directly.

Is it possible for me to inspect the property?

No, because these properties are occupied, potential bidders are not permitted to intrude on the property, disturb the tenants, or contact the borrowers for information on the property.

Will a deed of sale be sent to me?

In the majority of cases, the successful bidder will obtain a deed after the transaction is completed. For specific deed information, please visit the appropriate County or Foreclosure Sale Agent website or contact the County or Foreclosure Sale Agent directly.

Is there a foreclosure redemption period in Rhode Island?

No, most of the time. A redemption time may be enforced, which may vary depending on the circumstances. The borrower may be able to redeem the property during the redemption period. For precise specifics on any prospective redemption time imposed in Rhode Island, please visit your real estate lawyers or the County or Foreclosure Sale Agent.

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