Bidding Rules

Bidding Rules - 2018 Palm Beach County Secondary Tax Lien Auction

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


DISCLAIMER: The following is provided as general information only. You are strongly advised to contact an attorney for any legal advice.

There are certain risks associated with bidding at tax certificate sales. You are advised to investigate, prior to bidding, to determine whether the property would be of sufficient use or value to you, should you be in a position to statutorily apply for a tax deed auction at a future date. Pursuant to Florida Law, government properties may not be sold at a tax deed public auction.

The Tax Collector makes no express or implied warranties or representation about the condition, marketability, existing or potential uses, title, outstanding liens, mortgages or other encumbrances which may survive the sale of the property, zoning regulations or laws that may affect current or future uses of the property, or existence of any conditions regarding any property and structures or fixtures thereon offered for sale. The Tax Collector makes no guarantee that properties sold at any tax certificate sale will be eligible for future sale at a tax deed auction.


  1. Introduction
    1. If you are not completely familiar with the statutes governing tax liens in this state, read the “Tax Certificate Process” document located on the Realauction website. It is a plain English summary of the law which will take only minutes to read.
    2. Remember the purchase of a certificate does not convey title to the land.
    3. While purchasing tax certificates is generally a good investment, there is some risk. Understand the risks and employ the “buyer beware” philosophy.
  2. Register
    1. Each new bidder is required to create a User Name and Password as part of the process.
    2. Make sure all account information is correct and up-to-date when registering.
    3. Acknowledge and agree to adherence to the site rules and policies.
  3. Deposits
    1. In order for your bids to be considered, a qualifying wire deposit equal to 10% of your estimated winnings or a minimum of $5,000.00, whichever is greater, must be deposited with the Palm Beach County Tax Collector's office by 4:00 PM ET on Friday, January 25th, 2019.
    2. Failure to meet the deposit requirements in the time provided will affect your ability to participate in the sale.
  4. Bidding
    1. You may bid on as many auction items as you wish; your deposit limits how much you can win. When your deposit reaches $0, all bids from that point forward are ignored.
    2. The 10% deposit rule in Palm Beach County allows you to win 10 times the deposit amount entered.
    3. IF the Minimum Deposit Amount entered exceeds 10% of your estimated winnings, it is recommended that you utilize the "Batch Limit" tool provided on the Batch Summary Screen to limit your winnings accordingly.
    4. All bids placed, whether intentional or not, are the responsibility of the bidder.
  5. Batch Closings
    1. 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.
  6. Payments
    1. At the close of the auction, if you are a successful bidder, wire payment for your auction balance will be due by Friday, February 1st, 2019, 2:00 PM.
    2. Payment for certificates won will be accepted via wire funds only. It is the bidder's responsibility to ensure wire transfers are transmitted with sufficient time to arrive at the Palm Beach County Tax Collector's office in the time specified.
    3. Tax Certificates shall be issued after receipt of funds at the Palm Beach County Tax Collector's office.
  7. Review the Summary of Important Dates and Information below


Summary of Important Dates and Information

  Bidder Accounts
  Allow foreign bidder registrations Yes
  Single simultaneous bidder rule No
  Allow sub-accounts No
  Auction Information
  Bidding style Proxy Bid Auction
  0% bids use proxy system No
  Automatic certificate rollup / rollup fee No $0.00
  Auction Dates and Times
  Registration begins (site opens)**   Open All Year  
  Deposits or budgets begin    01/09/2019 at 10:00 AM ET  
  Bidding begins   01/09/2019 at 10:00 AM ET 
  Deposits (or budgets) end    01/25/2019 at 4:00 PM ET  
  Registrations end   04/30/2019 at 4:00 PM ET  
  First batch closes   01/30/2019 at 9:00 AM ET  
  Batch closing interval 1 batch
  Last batch closes (auction ends)   01/30/2019 at 9:00 AM ET  
  Payment due date   02/01/2019 at 2:00 PM ET  
  Budget, Deposit and Payment Information  
  Deposit or Budget required (% of estimated winnings)   10%
  Minimum deposit amount   $5,000.00 
  Deposit / Payment types acceptable: Deposits Payments
      Budget  No ---
      ACH  No No
      ACH auto-debit final payment  --- No
      Wire transfers Yes Yes
      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.  


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