Hillsborough County, Florida
Hillsborough County Justice Center
800 East Twiggs Street
Tampa, Fl. 33602
The sales are held every weekday, Monday through Friday at 2:00 P.M., on the 2nd floor /rooms 201/202. Representatives for the plaintiff must pay for the sale in Circuit Civil on the 5th floor of the George E. Edgecomb Courthouse prior to the sale. A sale will be held without a representative of the plaintiff present, if there is a bidder present willing to pay the sale fee and the proof of publication is filed with the Clerk. The list has only court file case numbers. Any interested party is responsible for doing their own research in connection with the property, or hiring someone to do the research for them. Sales are advertised in ten (10) local legal newspapers in their classified sections under “Notices of Sale”. It is a good idea to attend a sale a day or two before you anticipate bidding to witness the process and get a feel for the procedure.
Any persons interested in purchasing property during a foreclosure sale are encouraged to thoroughly review the court files and/or official records of the Clerk’s Office to determine if there are any outstanding liens or encumbrances existing against the property in question, other than the loan lien foreclosing. The Court Clerks working in the mortgage foreclosure area of the Clerk’s Office cannot determine whether a lien will survive the foreclosure sale. All court files scheduled for a Clerk’s foreclosure sale are maintained at the George E. Edgecomb Courthouse in the Circuit Civil Department. Anyone interested in bidding must fill out a Third-Party Bidders Form and have it ready to present to the Clerk when they make their first bid. The form must be complete and must be filled out in the way the bidder would like the Certificate of Title to be issued. This is important because once the Clerk announces who the property is sold to, it cannot be changed without a Court Order. If the property is sold to someone other than the plaintiff, that bidder will be required to produce a good faith deposit immediately.
All bidders other than the Plaintiff (person holding the Judgment) must be prepared to pay to the Clerk in cash or cashier’s check a good faith deposit of 5% of the final bid. The Clerk will not accept any other form of payment. The cashier’s check must be made payable to “Pat Frank, Clerk of Circuit Court” only. If the high bidder does not tender the good faith deposit as required, the Clerk will make such an announcement and conduct the sale again, asking for a first bid and continuing until the highest bid is accepted, unless the Final Judgment directs otherwise. Once the deposit is verified, the successful high bidder will follow the Clerk into the office for a validated receipt and further instructions. After the good faith deposit has been paid and the bidder has the validated receipt, that bidder will be instructed to return to the Clerk’s Office no later than 12:00 P.M. the following day with the balance of the bid. In addition, fees for documentary stamps taxes and court registry fees must be paid at the time the balance of the bid amount is paid. The Clerk will calculate this figure for the bidder and give them a slip of paper with the required total that is due. If the bidder does not return within the prescribed period, the good faith deposit will be forfeited pursuant to Florida Statute 45.031(2). The sale will be re-advertised and sold at a later date.The State Documentary Stamps tax rate is 70¢ per every $100 on instruments conveying an interest in real estate.The Court Registry Fee charge is 2% of the first $500 and 1% on each subsequent $100.
Hillsborough County Clerk of Court
Hillsborough County Property Appraiser
Hillsborough County Tax Collector