Washington Foreclosure Laws Summary

JudicialNon-JudicialProcess PeriodSale PublicationRedemption PeriodSale/NTS
YesYes135 Days90 DaysNoneTrustee
Comments: Trustee foreclosure sales are more common

Washington foreclosures are conducted both in court and out of court, although out-of-court foreclosures are more common. The out-of-court foreclosure process typically takes about five months.

Pre-foreclosure Period

For in-court foreclosure proceedings, once a lender files suit against a borrower, the minimum time to a court ruling is 30 days. This time is extended to 60 days for out-of-state borrowers, in order to provide ample time to respond. If the court rules in favor of the lender, the property is sold to recover the amount owed to the lender. A sheriff’s sale occurs usually 6-8 weeks following court’s ruling.

Before starting a foreclosure out of court, the lender mails a notice of default to the borrower and either posts the notice at the property or delivers the notice to the borrower in person. The borrower has 30 days to respond before the property is scheduled for public sale.
Up until 11 days before the sale, the borrower can stop the foreclosure by paying the past due payments, plus applicable expenses.

Notice of Sale / Auction

If the borrower does not stop the foreclosure within 30 days after receiving the notice of default, the lender records a notice of sale with the county recorder. The notice of sale is recorded at least 90 days before the sale date and is mailed to the borrower and any other affected parties.

The notice of sale is also published twice in a local newspaper. The lender publishes the notice of sale once between the 32nd and 28th days before to the sale, and once between the 11th and 7th days before the sale.

Foreclosure sales are by public auction with the property going to the highest bidder, who must pay in cash. For out-of-court foreclosures, the trustee transfers ownership to the winning bidder, who can take possession of the property 20 days after the foreclosure sale. The borrower has no right to redeem the property after an out-of-court foreclosure sale.

For court foreclosures, the borrower has redemption rights for one year from the date of sale. To redeem the property, the borrower has to pay the full amount due and applicable costs. During the redemption period, the borrower can remain in possession of the property if it is used as their primary residence.


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