Manatee County, Florida

Manatee County Courthouse:
1115 Manatee Ave West
Bradenton, Fl. 34706
{941} 749-1800

Hours: 8:30 AM -5:00 PM

Mortgage Foreclosure Sale

REGISTER WITH CLERK: On the day of the sale, prior to the sale, you shall report to the Clerk’s Office, dentify yourself to the Clerk who will be conducting the sale and disclose to that Clerk your good faith deposit. This will eliminate the need for you to do this at the time of the actual sale. Plaintiff is not required to make the good faith deposit, as Plaintiff has a credit of the Judgment amount. Plaintiff may also bid over this amount to include additional costs, but must submit to the Clerk an Affidavit as to the additional costs included in their bid prior to the issuance of Title.

GOOD FAITH DEPOSIT: All bidders other than Plaintiff (person holding the Judgment) must be prepared to tender to the Clerk in cash or cashier’s check a good faith deposit of 5% of the final bid. The amount of deposit required is pursuant to Florida Statute 45.031(2).

DEPOSIT REQUIRED: At the time of the sale, the successful high bidder shall post with the clerk a deposit equal to 5 % of the final bid. The deposit shall be applied to the sale price at the time of payment. If final payment is not made within the prescribed period, the clerk shall re-advertise the sale as provided in this section and pay all costs of the sale from the deposit. Any remaining funds shall be applied toward the judgment.”

If the high bidder does not tender the good faith deposit as required, the Clerk will make such an announcement and resume the sale with the last highest bid and continue until the highest bid and the good faith deposit is verified. Once a high bid is accepted, the same procedure will follow. The good faith deposit must be in the form of cash or a cashier’s check payable to “R. B. Shore, Clerk of Circuit Court, or (bidder name).” Both names must be included. The Clerk will not accept any other form of payment. If the Final Judgment states otherwise regarding the good faith deposit, the Clerk will follow the Judge’s Order.

THE SALE: All sales shall be conducted in the lobby of the Courthouse, on the main floor, at 11:00 a.m. on the date advertised. A $60.00 fee is charged by the Clerk for conducting each individual sale. Sales will be conducted in the order of payments received. If the property is sold to someone other than the Plaintiff, that bidder will be required to produce the good faith deposit prior to the Clerk announcing him/her as successful buyer. The Clerk will close the sale once the deposit is verified and the high bidder will follow the Clerk into the Office for a validated receipt and further instructions. After the good faith deposit has been tendered and a validated receipt is given to the high bidder, that bidder will be instructed to return to the Clerk’s Office no later than 4:00 p.m. that same day with the balance of the bid in the form of cash or cashier’s check payable only to the Clerk. If bidder does not return within this prescribed period, the good faith deposit will be forfeited pursuant to Florida Statute 45.031(2).

FINAL PAYMENT: Purchase Price Must Be Paid in Full by Cash or Cashier’s Check no later than 4:00 p.m. on Day of Sale. At the time of final payment, the successful high bidder shall leave with the Clerk the complete name(s), phone number and mailing address to which the Certificate of Title should be issued. It is important to notify the Clerk then as to how Title will be issued because changes after the Certificate of Sale is issued are not possible without an assignment of Bid. The high bidder will also be notified of any documentary stamps to be affixed to the Title; the Judgment may indicate who is obligated to pay the stamps. This money must also be received by the Clerk on the date Title is to be issued.

With questions concerning foreclosure sales, please call the deputy clerks in the Circuit Civil Division of the Clerk’s Office, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., at 941-741-4025.

* Lis Penden’s are about 5-7 Days behind from the time the case is filed until the cases can be viewed from the Docket. Manatee Court Houses files are not available to be viewed in hand,Case’s are scanned into their data base and can be viewed on the Docket at the Court House.The foreclosure complaint IS NOT available on line @ home, It has to be retrieved directly from the court house.

Manatee County Clerk of Court
Manatee County Property Appraiser
Manatee County Tax Collector


A tax deed sale is a public auction where property is sold to the highest bidder in order to recover delinquent property taxes.

Governmental liens & judgments survive the issuance of a tax deed and are satisfied to the fullest extent possible with any overbid monies from the sale. Governmental liens not satisfied in full survive the issuance of a tax deed.

The opening bid of each property to be sold is determined by adding together the sum of all the outstanding tax certificates, delinquent taxes paid, fees, costs of the sale and interest, all as specified in the Florida Statutes. The opening bid is usually determined approximately ten days to two weeks prior to the sale date. It is available in the file maintained in the recording department of the Clerk of Circuit Court.

You do not need to “pre-register” or check in with the deputy clerk before the sale. After the sale, if you are the successful bidder, you will receive instructions from the deputy clerk.

You must report to the Recording Department of the Clerk’s office immediately after the sale to receive information from the deputy clerk. You will be given the total payment due, which includes the bid amount, recording fees and documentary stamps. You will be asked to provide to the deputy clerk the name(s) in which you wish the tax deed to be issued. Your total payment must be made within 24 hours from the date and time of the sale. Payment must be in the form of cash, cashier’s check or money order payable to the Clerk of Circuit Court. Remember, the property owner can redeem the property at the Tax Collector up until the time the successful bidder makes full payment and a tax deed is issued. Once the deputy clerk issues the tax deed, the property cannot be redeemed. At the conclusion of the bidding, the high bidder is required by law to pay the Clerk $200.00 cash.

According to Florida Statutes 197.542(1), the Clerk may refuse to recognize the bid of any person who has previously bid and refused, for any reason, to honor such bid. In other words, you would not be allowed to bid at any future tax deed sales in this county. The property would be re-advertised and offered for sale again at a later date.