Bidding Rules

Bidding Rules - 2021 Gilchrist 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. You will be prompted to create your own Username and Password as part of the process.

  4. Place a qualifying Deposit. This is one of the most important steps in participating in a sale so be sure you understand the process completely.
    • Decide how much money you want to invest in tax liens for this auction. Pick a dollar amount. ($10,000 for example)
    • Make a deposit of exactly 10% of that amount using one of the "approved" deposit/payment methods below. The deposit is required and must be submitted before the posted due date in order for your bids to be valid. 
    • Your deposit will limit how much you can win no matter how many bids you place, so bid on as many quality items as like. There is no penalty for running out of money. If you are fortunate enough to win all the liens you want, your remaining bids are simply ignored.
    • Certificates won by sub-accounts in Gilchrist County are assigned to the primary account at the end of the auction. (For an explanation of sub-accounts, please refer to the FAQ document on the home page).

  5. Place your bids. You may place as many bids as you like before making a deposit, however, none of your bids will count unless the deposit requirement is met prior to the posted deadline (See Summary of Important Dates and Information below).

    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.  The Tax Collector shall provide written or electronic notice when certificates are ready for issuance. Payment must be made within 48 hours after the transmission of the electronic notice or, at the Tax Collector’s discretion (See Summary of Important Dates and Information below), all or a portion of the deposit placed by the bidder may be forfeited.

    A person who fails or refuses to pay any bid made by, or on behalf of, such person is not entitled to bid or have any other bid accepted except as authorized by the Tax Collector.
  7. The bank information entered into your bidder account with RealAuction is for tax sale purposes only. After the certificate sale is finalized, you will receive an information packet regarding your ACH redemptions.
    For certificate redemption information, please contact Pam Pate at the Gilchrist County Tax Collector’s office at


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     $2.25  
  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     06/22/2021 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     60 minutes  
  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)     10%  
  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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