Bidding Rules

Bidding Rules - 2021 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 04/08/2022 when the debit will be initiated.


Summary of Important Dates


  Bidder Accounts  
  Allow foreign bidder registrations     No  
  Single simultaneous bidder rule     No  
  Auction Information  
  Bidding style     Buy Now  
  0 value bids use proxy system     No  
  Allow sub-accounts     No  
  Automatic certificate rollup / rollup fee   Yes     $0.00  
  Auction Dates and Times  
  Registration begins (site opens)**     Monday, June 21st, 2021 12:00 AM  
  Deposits, Registration fees and Budgets begin     07/01/2021 at 9:00 AM ET  
  Bidding begins     07/01/2021 at 9:00 AM ET  
  Deposits, Registration fees and Budgets end**  

  04/08/2022 at 4:00 PM ET  

  Participation Requirements        Enter ACH Redemption Information  
  Participation Requirements Due Date     04/08/2022 at 4:00 PM ET  
  Registrations end     04/08/2022 at 4:00 PM ET  
  First batch closes     04/08/2022 at 4:00 PM ET  
  Batch closing interval     NA  
  Last batch closes     04/08/2022 at 4:00 PM ET  
  Auxiliary batch opens (If applicable)     N/A  
  Auxiliary batch closes (If applicable)     N/A  
  Payment due date     04/08/2022 at 4:00 PM ET  
  Budget, Deposit and Payment Information  
  Deposit or Budget required (% of estimated winnings)     100%  
  Minimum deposit amount     $0.00  
  Registration Fee     $0.00  
  Registration Fee Refundable     Yes  
  Registration Fee Applied to Winnings     Yes  
  Deposit / Payment types acceptable:   Deposits Payments
  Budget     No     ---  
  ACH     No     No  
  ACH auto-debit final payment     ---     No  
  Wire transfers     No     No  
  Counter payments     No     No  
  Redemptions available via ACH?     Yes  
  Public Access  
  Public computers available     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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