Bidding Policies

Buying Rules - 2021 Sarasota County Tax Certificate Auction


  1. If you are not completely familiar with the statutes governing tax liens in this state, read the “Tax Certificate Process” document located at the left of the home page. It is a plain English summary of the law and will only take ten minutes to read. Remember, the purchase of a certificate does not convey title to the land. While purchasing tax certificates is generally a good investment, there is some risk. Understand the risks and employ the “buyer beware” philosophy.
  2. Review the Summary of Important Dates below.
  3. Register. You will create your own User Name and Password as part of the process.
  4. Bidding process:
    • Decide how much money you want to invest in tax certificates for this auction. ($10,000 for example)
    • Enter that amount as your budget.
    • Bid on as many certificates as you would like. Your budget will limit how much you can win no matter how many bids you place. As soon as you win tax certificates that equal the amount of your budget, all other bids you placed are cancelled.
  5. As a batch closes, you may see the results for that batch by clicking “Results” on the website menu. Click the “Sold To” link on the auction results page to display all bids on that item along with other useful information. After seeing results, you can change your bids in any unclosed batches.
  6. Payment for certificates won will be accepted by ACH only. Please ensure your financial institution will allow an ACH debit to your account before placing bids.
  7. Requirements to Participate - Registration begins at 10:00 AM ET on 06/22/2016 and ends 04/08/2022 at 4:00 PM ET.
    To become a qualified participant in the 2021 Sarasota County tax certificate sale, you must:

           a. Register on this web site.
           b. Provide bank information for processing your final payment via ACH debit.
           c. Provide bank information for processing your certificate redemptions.
           d. Create a budget conveying the amount of your anticipated purchases to the Tax Collector.
           e. Accept ALL terms and conditions in the documentation provided on this web site.

    Failure to meet ALL of the the eligibility requirements, in the time provided, will affect your ability to participate in the sale.


    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     Yes  
      Allow sub-accounts     No  
      Automatic certificate rollup / rollup fee   No     $0.00  
      Auction Dates and Times  
      Registration begins (site opens)**     Open All Year  
      Deposits, Registration fees and Budgets begin     06/22/2021 at 10:00 AM ET  
      Bidding begins     06/24/2021 at 10:00 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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