SUNBURY — Friday’s Northumberland County judicial sale set a record in terms of revenue.
Janel Barwick, director of the county tax claim bureau that conducts the sale, reported 111 of 152 properties were sold for a total of $722,460.31 in bids. There were 180 registered bidders.
The money generated from the sale is divided between the county, school district and municipality where the properties are located.
Barwick said, “This was our largest judicial sale in the 11 years that I have been with the tax claim department.”
The sale also is believed to be the largest in terms of properties sold and attendance, as 115 people came to the auction that was moved to the spacious auditorium in the Northumberland County Career and Arts Center in Shamokin due to COVID-19 restrictions and to provide a better venue for bidders.
Previous sales were held in the county conference room at the administrative center in Sunbury.
A judicial sale was not conducted in the county last year due to COVID-19.
The top three sales of the day were as follows:
$56,000 for 514-516 Market St., Sunbury, formerly owned by Barone Realty LLC, and purchased by Catharina Kurver, of Sunbury.
$48,000 for 210 Riverside Lane, Herndon, formerly owned by Derl and Dianne Knarr, and purchased by Chelsea Torgersen, of Herndon.
$37,000 for 1445 W. Montgomery St., Coal Township, formerly owned by Joseph M. Delorso, and purchased by Andrew Miller, of Sunbury.
The highest bidder of the day was Cash Now LLC, of York, which bought a total of 11 properties in the county for a total of $112,769.84.
Properties sold at the judicial sale are free and clear of any liens, mortgages and judgments.
Barwick said, “COVID-19 put a lot of dampers on this sale. We normally would have had the sale in the summer of 2020, but the COVID-19 restrictions forced us to delay the sale until Friday.”
She said the new location allowed for more bidders, while still complying with the COVID-19 restrictions. “The auditorium allowed us an ample amount of room to socially distance while still requiring bidders to wear masks.” she said.
Barwick and her two office employees were assisted at the sale by employees from other county offices. “Without their help, this sale would not have been able to run as smooth as it did,” she said.
Northumberland County Commissioner Chairman Sam Schiccatano said he was very pleased with the results of the sale and commended Barwick, her staff, other county workers and security personnel who worked at the sale.
“There were a lot of properties left over from last year when we couldn’t have a sale due to COVID-19 restrictions,” he said. “The large amount of money generated at the sale is great for the county, municipalities and school districts. Hopefully, the people who purchased the properties will fix them up and help make their neighborhoods and communities better places to live.”
The next county judicial sale will be held in August.
Barwick said properties not sold at Friday’s sale will be made available at a repository sale in November.
In 2019, $175,007.41 was generated from the sale.
In 2017, the sale generated $531,290.08 in revenue.
In 2009, when judicial sales were revived after not being held in the county for many years, $488,731.33 was generated.
The following is a breakdown of properties sold in each municipality:
• Kulpmont – 2
• Marion Heights – 2
• Mount Carmel Borough – 28
• Mount Carmel Township – 5
• Coal Township – 24
• Shamokin City – 40
• Zerbe Township – 1
• Delaware Township – 1
• Herndon Borough – 1
• Ralpho Township – 1
• Rockefeller Township – 1
• Sunbury City – 5