INFORMATION REGARDING OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
THE FORECLOSURE COURT FILES are kept in the office of the Clerk of Circuit
Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 North West 3rd
Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. This office is open to the Public from
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for
Court files in which a Foreclosure Sale
has been scheduled are available for public inspections at the Okeechobee County
Judicial Center, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday
through Friday, except for legal holidays.
A Notice of Sale for each foreclosure
case will be published in a local newspaper. The Notice will appear and be
published once a week for two consecutive weeks and appears in the legal ad
YOU MUST DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH FOR THE PROPERTY INVOLVED. The Deputy
Clerks use only the legal description. However, with this description, you may
obtain street address information at the PROPERTY APPRAISER’S OFFICE, 307 North
West 5th Avenue, Suite A, Okeechobee, Florida.
Property improvements, if any, are on
record in the Property Appraiser’s Office at the above said address.
The status of county property taxes can
only be obtained through the Tax Collector’s Office, 307 NW 5th Avenue, Suite
B, Okeechobee, Florida.
The Clerk’s Office assumes no responsibility for
any encumbrances (judgments, mortgages, taxes AND OTHER LIENS) on any property
offered for sale. It is in your best interest to have a title search completed
by an attorney or title company. However, you may search the Official Records
Division in Suite 155 at the Okeechobee Judicial Center.
Legal action may become necessary in
order to obtain possession of the property, therefore, until this is granted by
the Court, you may not have access to the property without permission of the
Be sure the personal property offered
for sale will be available to you after title is issued. The Clerk’s Office
assumes no responsibility for the availability of any personal property offered
The foreclosure sales are generally held on Wednesdays at 11:00 am, 312 North West 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida.
(Sale held on the second floor, Jury Assembly Room)
At the sale, bidding is done in
increments of $100.00 or more.
The purchaser of property will be issued
a deed called a CERTIFICATE OF TITLE. This deed contains NO WARRANTIES.
MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE
THE TERMS OF THE CLERK’S SALE, UNLESS OTHERWISE
SPECIFIED BY THE FINAL JUDGMENT, ARE AS FOLLOWS:
Immediately after each final bid, the
successful bidder shall post with the Clerk a non-refundable deposit equal to 5%
of the final bid in cash, cashier’s check or money order drawn on United States
If the deposit is not made
immediately, the bidding will be re-opened with the second highest bid.
By 5:00 p.m. on the same date the successful bidder must pay the balance of
his/her bid, plus the Clerk’s fee, revenue stamps and statutory fee, in Official
Records Department at the Okeechobee County
Judicial Center. These amounts must be paid by cash, cashier’s check or money order
drawn on United States banks only.
All bids must be submitted in increments
of not less than $100.00. You must state the full amount each time you submit a
If you fail to make the deposit or full
payment timely, you may be required to deposit cash in advance for all future
sales at which you plan to bid.
The Clerk’s Office is not responsible
for any encumbrances remaining against the property or for the availability of
Any objections to the sale must be
submitted directly to the Clerk of Circuit Court, Okeechobee
County Judicial Center, within ten (10) days from the date of sale.
Any person disrupting the sale or not
honoring the terms could be found in Contempt of Court.
PROSPECTIVE BIDDERS MUST FILL OUT AN
“INTENT TO BID” FORM PRIOR TO 11:00 AM, ON THE DATE OF SALE. SAID FORM MAY BE
SECURED FROM THE FORECLOSURE CLERK IN THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER.
The Certificate of Title will be
recorded on the eleventh day after the sale. The parties have ten days to object
to the sale. If the tenth day is a non-business day the next business day will
be treated as the tenth day. If objections are filed, the Judge will rule at a
hearing as to whether or not a deed is to be issued. If the defendant files
bankruptcy, the Clerk will be prohibited from issuing a Title or taking any
action, pending further Order of the Court.
Acquaint yourself with the TERMS OF THE
SALE (Exhibit “B”).
FOR LEGAL ADVICE, CONSULT AN ATTORNEY!
PLEASE DO NOT ASK THE CLERKS FOR LEGAL ADVICE AS
THEY ARE NOT QUALIFIED TO ANSWER ANY LEGAL QUESTIONS
©2011 - CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT - OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA