Skagit County Sheriff

Civil Division
Skagit County Sheriffs Office
Writ Of Execution/Order Of Sale - Real Property


What Is It?
A Writ of Execution is an order from the court directing the sheriff to enforce a money judgment together with interest and allowable costs. Real property of the judgment debtor is taken from the defendant by the sheriff and either delivered to the judgment creditor, or sold, with the proceeds of the sale delivered to the judgment creditor. RCW 6.17

An Order of Sale is an order from the court directing the sheriff to enforce a judgment and foreclosure together with interest and allowable costs. Real property of the judgment debtor is taken from the defendant by the sheriff and sold with the proceeds of the sale delivered to the judgment creditor. RCW 6.21

Real property is defined as any interest in land, real estate or the improvements on it.

What the Sheriff’s Office Needs:

Original Writ or Order and three certified copies

Copy of Judgment

Deposit of $250.00
Billing fees for publication in the newspaper will be sent directly to the plaintiff’s attorney for payment.

A separate blank check payable to the Skagit County Auditor

  • Print clearly on the memo line of the check: "Not to exceed $85.00".
  • Leave dollar amounts blank. The Sheriff’s Office will fill in the exact amount needed by the Auditor’s office. The Auditor’s Office will not make change.
  • When levy is filed, an additional copy of the receipt will be obtained and forwarded to you for your records.

A Letter of Instruction which includes:

Property tax parcel number.

Newspaper to publish in; to be picked by plaintiff. RCW 6.21.030(2)(b)

Legal description of property.

Address of property; if not noted in the writ or order.

Redemption period; it is up to plaintiff to provide this time frame.

Interest rate; which confirms the rate specified in the judgment.

Service address of debtors; if different than the subject property

If the location of the debtors is unknown, or an "estate" and heirs are involved, a six-week publication is necessary to meet service requirements.

Reference that the affidavit re insufficient personal property has been filed. This is not necessary for an Order of Sale.

Attorney of record for defendant and plaintiff

Reference that a homestead does not apply.

If the order presented is a Writ of Execution, and you are not sure if a homestead applies or not, please be advised that our office will only levy by filing the writ at the Auditor's office and you must then pursue the homestead before any further action on the Sheriff’s part can take place.

The end result of a homestead issue will be an Order of Sale or Order to Sell directed to the sheriff, specifying the applicable homestead amount, if any.