South Carolina Foreclosure Law Summary
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- Judicial Foreclosure Available: Yes
- Non-Judicial Foreclosure Available: No
- Primary Security Instrument: Mortgage
- Timeline: Varies
- Right of Redemption: No
- Deficiency Judgments Allowed: Yes
In South Carolina, lenders may foreclose on a mortgage in default
by using the judicial foreclosure process.
The judicial foreclosure process is one in which the lender must
file a complaint against the borrower and obtain a decree of sale from a court having
jurisdiction in the county where the property is located before foreclosure proceedings
can begin. Generally, if the court finds the borrower in default, they will give
them a set period of time to pay the delinquent amount, plus costs. If the borrower
does not pay within the set period of time, the court will then order the property
to be sold.
In South Carolina, the property is generally sold in the following
- A notice of sale, containing a description of the property,
the time and place of sale, the borrowers name and the lenders name, must be
published at the courthouse door and two other public places at least three
weeks prior to the date of sale. The notice must also be published in a newspaper
of general circulation within the county where the property resides for the
same time period.
- Unless otherwise ordered by the court, the sale must be conducted
at the courthouse where the property is located by the sheriff of said county.
The sale must be held on the first Monday in each month, unless it is a holiday
and then the sale may take place on the following Tuesday. The sale may begin
at 11:00 am and go until 5:00 pm, but the sheriff may close the bidding prior
to that time.
- Despite the fact that the bidding at the public sale has
ended, in South Carolina, the auction actually stays open for a full thirty
days after the date of the public sale. During this thirty day time period,
anyone may place a bid higher than the last bid amount and the successful purchaser
will be the one with the highest bid at the end of the thirty days. This ongoing
bid process is referred to as upset bidding. Anyone, other than the successful
purchaser, who has placed a bid during this time, will be entitled to a refund
of any deposit made in good faith and he or she will have no further interest
in the property.
- If no objection to the sale price of the property has been
filed with the sheriff's office within three months after the date of sale,
the sale will be considered confirmed and the sheriff will make any necessary
Lenders in South Carolina may file for a deficiency judgment against
the borrower and borrowers have no rights of redemption.
on South Carolina foreclosure laws.