There is no mailing list for auctions. The sale notices are posted on the bulletin board at the "I" Street basement of the Courthouse in Modesto, the County Administration Building and the storage facility where the sale is to take place. Real property sales are also published in the Modesto Bee.

Personal property may be viewed approximately 20 minutes prior to the sale unless otherwise noted. Real property cannot be shown.

To bid on personal property at a Sheriff's Sale, including vehicle levies, you will need $2500 or 10% of the bid, whichever is greater. For real property you will need $5000 or 10% of the bid, whichever is greater. If you are bidding less than $2500 on personal property or $5000 on real property we will need the full amount. Payment must be made immediately upon the acceptance of the bid and must be paid with either cash or cashier’s check made payable to the Sheriff.  We cannot accept personal or business checks. If you pay the 10% deposit, you have 10 days to pay the balance, also in cash or with a cashier’s check.


Monies received by the Sheriff, from a levy, are held for at least 15 days before being released to the judgment creditor or refunded to the judgment debtor. This is a policy of the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department and no exceptions can be made unless you can provide us proof that the check has cleared the bank.