The Clerk's Office maintains a listing of cases scheduled for sale. This listing is available for viewing from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday in the Clerk's Office, or on our website on the Foreclosure Sales Calendar. This listing provides a case number, case caption, and date of sale for each listed property. It does not provide a legal description of the property. Foreclosure actions are also published in local newspapers, e.g., The Daily Commercial, The Lake Sentinel (Orlando Sentinel), Southlake Press, Orlando Business Journal, Daily Sun and The North Lake Outpost. The public notice will provide you with the date and time of the scheduled sale, as well as the legal description of the property. Files may be viewed at the Clerk's Office on Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Files will not be available on the morning of the sale in order for the Clerk to complete paperwork for the sale.
This information is available in the court file, newspaper publication, or by searching the Official Records section of our website. Our court file often does not contain the address of the property. The court file may be viewed upon request to our Central Intake personnel. The Central Intake clerks will require the case number to pull the case for viewing.
When scheduled, foreclosure sales are held Monday through Friday at 11:00 a.m. at the Lake County Courthouse, 550 West Main Street, Tavares, FL. Sales are regularly held in the Jury Room on the 1st floor. When necessary, we may hold sales in the first floor lobby of the North Wing. Signs will be posted in the lobby of the main entrance to the Courthouse or you may inquire with the Information Desk upon your arrival.
At the time of the sale, if you become the successful bidder, you must immediately deposit five percent (5%) of your bid with the Clerk in cash, cashier's check, money order, or attorney trust account check. No personal checks will be accepted. The balance of your bid, plus costs, must be paid in the same manner as outlined above by 4 p.m. that afternoon unless stated otherwise in the final judgment. All funds shall be made payable to Neil Kelly, Clerk. The method of payment will be verified prior to bidding. If the successful bidder does not post the deposit as set forth above at the time of the sale, the bid will be considered invalid. The sale will immediately be re-held and the bidder will be disqualified from bidding on that particular sale.
If you are the successful bidder, the amount of your bid must be placed in the registry of the court. A Clerk's fee of 3% of the first $500 and 1.5% of the remainder of your bid will be due on that amount. Also due at this time are the documentary stamps which are charged at $.70 per $100 of the final bid. The total amount required from you will be calculated by the Clerk at the end of the sale. All funds shall be payable to Neil Kelly, Clerk.
If you bid at a sale and the sale is set aside for reasons other than Clerk's error, the Clerk will retain the sale and registry fees earned. A court order will be required for release of all other funds paid by the successful bidder.
For a fee, title companies offer title searches and title insurance. You may also wish to seek legal advice from an attorney. Title companies and attorneys may be found in the phone book. The Clerk's Office does not guarantee a clear title and is not responsible for any encumbrances on the property.
If you fail to pay the balance due, you will forfeit your deposit. If you are the highest bidder and you do not honor your bid for any reason, you may be barred from bidding at any future foreclosure sales in Lake County.
Properties listed on the Foreclosure Sales Calendar will have the word "Cancelled" and the reason for the cancellation beside them to indicate that the property is no longer going to foreclosure sale. The Circuit Civil clerks will make every effort to keep this information current. However, to check for last-minute cancellations, you may wish to contact the Circuit Civil Department at (352) 742-4148.
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