Bidding Rules

Bidding Rules - 2019 DEMO Site Tax Lien Auction

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

  1. If you are not completely familiar with the statutes governing tax certificates 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.  
  2. Review the Summary of Important Dates (see below)
  3. Register. You will create your own User Name and Password as part of the process.
    • Banking information must be provided for both ACH debit and ACH redemption.
    • A Pre-note with NACHA (please verify the bank account and routing numbers are entered correctly).
    • W-9 completed – Please note our office will perform a TIN match with the IRS.  If the match comes back with an error you will forfeit your certificates.
    • You must provide a US TIN number.  No Foreign bidders will be allowed to register for the sale.
  4. The next few items are the most important information regarding the use of the auction site, so be sure you understand them completely.
    • 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. 
    • Bid as many quality certificates as you can. 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 certificates you want, your remaining bids are simply ignored.
  5. As a batch closes, you may see the results for that batch by clicking “Results” on the 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 seeing results, you may want to go back and change some of your bids in upcoming batches.


Summary of Important Dates and Information

  Bidder Accounts
  Allow foreign bidder registrations Yes
  Single Simultaneous Bidder Rule No
  Allow sub-accounts Yes
  Auction Information
  Bidding style Proxy Bid Auction
  0% bids use proxy system Yes
  Automatic certificate rollup / rollup fee Yes $2.25
  Auction Dates and Times
  Registration begins (site opens)**   Open All Year  
  Deposits or budgets begin    05/01/2019 at 10:00 AM ET  
  Bidding begins    05/01/2019 at 10:00 AM ET  
  Deposits or budgets end   05/29/2025 at 5:00 PM ET  
  Registrations end   05/24/2025 at 5:30 PM ET  
  First batch closes   05/29/2019 at 4:00 PM ET  
  Batch closing interval 30 minutes
  Last batch closes (auction ends)   05/29/2019 at 5:30 PM ET  
  Payment due date   05/30/2027 at 2:00 PM ET  
  Budget, Deposit and Payment Information  
  Deposit required (% of estimated winnings)   10%
  Minimum deposit amount   $500.00 
  Deposit / Payment types acceptable: Deposits Payments
      Budget  No ---
      ACH  Yes No
      ACH auto-debit final payment  --- Yes
      Wire transfers Yes Yes
      Counter payments Yes Yes
  Redemption available via ACH Yes
  Public Access
  Public computers available Public Libraries
  ** 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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