Sheriff’s Office

Glossary of Terms

  • Plaintiff: Company or person filing the lawsuit (foreclosure)
  • Defendant: Persons or company against whom the lawsuit (foreclosure) has been filed (in this case the primary defendants). The persons who have judgments against the primary defendants are also listed as defendants because they are being notified of the foreclosure proceedings. Their judgments will be wiped out as judgments against the property, with the Sheriff's sale of the property.
  • Case Number: The case number the court assigned to a court case when it is filed.
  • Auction date: The date the property is set for auction. Delays may be announced at the time of the auction.
  • Address of sale property: The address the Attorney gives us as the property being sold as described in the foreclosure decree by a legal description.
  • Redemption period: The amount of time the defendant(s) is allowed by law to purchase the property back (redeem) after the sale for the purchase price plus costs reported to the clerk of court by the purchaser. There may be no redemption or from 30 days up to one year redemption.
  • Sale date: The date the property was actually sold.
  • Sale Price: The price the property was sold for.
  • Purchaser: The company or person to whom the property was sold.

Contact Us

Polk County Sheriff
1985 NE 51st Place
Des Moines, Iowa 50313

Administration: (515) 286-3814
Administration Fax: (515) 323-5473
Civil: (515) 286-3800
: (515) 286-3333
Jail: (515) 323-5400
Law Enforcement
: (515) 286-3306