Bidding Rules

Bidding Rules - 2019 Putnam County Tax Lien Auction

If you are new to Realauction tax lien auction websites, we recommend you proceed in the following fashion: 

  1. Familiarize yourself with the laws that regulate tax sales in this state. If you are unfamiliar with the statutes governing tax liens in the state of Florida, read the “Tax Certificate Process” document located at the left of the home page. It is a plain English summary of the law which will take only minutes to read.

  2. Review this County's auction settings.  See the Summary of Important Dates and Information below.

  3. Register.  As part of the process, you will be prompted to create a Username and Password.

  4. Set your Budget.
    • Decide how much money you want to invest in tax certificates for this auction. Pick a dollar amount. ($10,000 for example)
    • Enter that amount as your budget. 

  5. Place your bids. You may bid on as many quality certificates as you like.  Your budget will limit how much you can win, no matter how many bids you place. If you are fortunate enough to win all the liens you want (exhausting your budget), your remaining bids are simply ignored.

    As each batch closes, you can view the results for that batch by clicking “Results” on the left side menu inside the auction website. Clicking the “Sold To” link on the auction results page will display all the bids on that item along with other useful information. After viewing the results, you have the option to change your bids in any batches that have not yet closed.
  6. Pay for your winnings. As a condition for participation in the tax certificate sale auction, all bidders are required to pre-authorize an automatic debit by the Putnam County Tax Collector in the amount of their winnings.

    At the close of the auction, if you are a successful bidder, payment for your winnings will be debited via ACH from the account authorized to make your final payment.

    It is the bidder's responsibility to ensure "good funds" are available in your account by 4:00 PM ET on 04/10/2019 when the debit will be initiated.


Summary of Important Dates and Information

  Bidder Accounts
  Allow foreign bidder registrations   No  
  Single simultaneous bidder rule   No  
  Allow sub-accounts   No  
  Auction Information
  Bidding style   Buy Now  
  0% bids use proxy system   No  
  Automatic certificate rollup / rollup fee     Yes     $0.00  
  Auction Dates and Times
  Registration begins (site opens)**   Open All Year
  Deposits or budgets begin    07/02/2018 at 9:00 AM ET  
  Bidding begins    07/05/2019 at 10:00 AM ET  
  Deposits (or budgets) end   04/10/2019 at 4:00 PM ET  
  Registrations end   04/10/2020 at 4:00 PM ET  
  First batch closes   04/10/2019 at 4:00 PM ET  
  Batch closing interval   NA  
  Last batch closes (auction ends)   04/10/2019 at 4:00 PM ET  
  Payment due date   04/10/2019 at 4:00 PM ET  
  Budget, Deposit and Payment Information  
  Deposit or Budget required     100% (of estimated winnings)  
  Minimum deposit amount     $0.00   
  Deposit / Payment types acceptable:   Deposits Payments
      Budget    No   ---
      ACH    No     Yes  
      ACH auto-debit final payment    ---   No  
      Wire transfers   No     No  
      Counter payments   No     No  
  Redemption available via ACH   Yes  
  Public Access
  Public computers available at:   Public Library  
  ** Subject to change. The site will open when approved by the County.  


For an explanation of any of the terms above, please visit the FAQs.


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