- Judicial Foreclosure Available: Yes
- Non-Judicial Foreclosure Available: Yes
- Primary Security Instruments: Deed of Trust, Mortgage
- Timeline: Typically 90 days
- Right of Redemption: Yes
- Deficiency Judgments Allowed: Yes
In Wisconsin, lenders may foreclose on deeds of trusts or mortgages
in default using either a judicial or non-judicial foreclosure process.
The judicial process of foreclosure, which involves filing a lawsuit
to obtain a court order to foreclose, is used when no power of sale is present in
the mortgage or deed of trust. Generally, after the court declares a foreclosure,
the property will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. However, in Wisconsin,
no sale may be made for one year from the date the judgment is entered unless the
lender waives the right to a deficiency, in which case the delay is six months,
or two months if the property is abandoned. Sales by consent may be earlier.
The non-judicial process of foreclosure is used when a power of
sale clause exists in a mortgage or deed of trust. A "power of sale" clause is the
clause in a deed of trust or mortgage, in which the borrower pre-authorizes the
sale of property to pay off the balance on a loan in the event of the their default.
In deeds of trust or mortgages where a power of sale exists, the power given to
the lender to sell the property may be executed by the lender or their representative,
typically referred to as the trustee. Regulations for this type of foreclosure process
are outlined below in the "Power of Sale Foreclosure Guidelines".
Power of Sale Foreclosure Guidelines
If the deed of trust or mortgage contains a power of sale clause
and specifies the time, place and terms of sale, then the specified procedure must
be followed. Otherwise, the non-judicial power of sale foreclosure is carried out
- The foreclosure notice must be recorded with the county prior
to the time the first notice of foreclosure is published. The notice, which
must include the time and place of sale, must be published once a week for six
consecutive weeks in a newspaper in the county where the property is located.
The notice must be served upon the borrower in the same manner that civil process
in a lawsuit is served. In instances where the borrower can't be found, then
the notice shall be posted in a conspicuous spot on the mortgaged premises and
served on any occupant.
Said notice must specify the names of the borrower and lender, the date the
mortgage was recorded, the amount due at the date of the notice, a property
description and the time and place of sale.
- The sale must be held at the time and place stated in the
foreclosure notice. The winning bidder will receive a certificate of purchase.
If necessary, the sale may be postponed.
- Unless the foreclosure sale has been confirmed by court order,
the borrower has one year (12 months) to redeem the property by paying the amount
of the highest bid at the foreclosure sale, plus interest.
Wisconsin law allows a foreclosure sale to be confirmed by court
order. If the lender states their intentions in the application for sales confirmation,
then they may file a deficiency suit. Otherwise, deficiency suits are not allowed.
on Wisconsin foreclosure laws.