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County-Held Tax Certificates

A tax certificate is a first lien created when a registered Buyer pays the outstanding delinquent taxes on a real estate property during the annual tax certificate sale. If a certificate is not purchased by a registered Buyer, the certificate is struck to the County. These certificates are referred to as County-Held Certificates and are eligible to be purchased without bidding by a registered Buyer as long as they are available.


Pre-Requisites for Purchasing County-Held Certificates
Must be a registered Buyer or register with Real Auction to obtain a Buyer Number by visiting

Registered buyers receive electronic notifications from Real Auction prior to any on-line sale for County-Held Certificates, as well as the Annual Tax Certificate sale.


Researching Available Certificates
An updated list of available certificates with the current amount required for purchase is available here:  Current County-Held Certificates.

Researching certificates prior to purchase is the responsibility of the Buyer.

Resources available to Buyers are listed below (not a comprehensive list):


Purchasing Certificates
Prior to your purchase, confirm the status of the desired County-Held certificate(s) by emailing your list of certificates to

County-Held certificates accrue annual interest of 18%, or 1.5% per month

Certificates may be redeemed by the property owner at any time prior to a purchase. If a Tax Deed Application (TDA) is made on the parcel, all existing certificates and delinquent taxes will be included in the TDA. Once a TDA is made, the County-Held certificate(s) is/are no longer eligible for purchase.

County-held certificates may be purchased by:

  • Over-the-counter by visiting the 3rd floor of our Administrative Office in West Palm Beach with certified funds or cash.
  • Mailing certified funds with list of certificates.
  • Wiring funds (contact for instructions) and providing a list of certificates to
  • Participating in a Supplemental Sale when notified by Real Auction.

For additional information, contact

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