The clerk of court conducts judicial sales of real or personal property pursuant to F.S. 45.031.
Foreclosure Sales are held online at www.saintjohns.realforeclose.com on specified Thursdays at 12:00 p.m. EST (except legal holidays). BEFORE the sale, persons wishing to bid must register with Realauction and fund their bidder account.
PLEASE NOTE: Deposit payments made via ACH require five (5) full working days to arrive (settle) in the Clerk’s account. Deposits made by ACH must be settled and cleared in the Clerk’s account prior to the start of a sale in order to be able to bid on a property.
Bidder accounts must contain enough funds to cover at least 5% of the planned high bid. The balance of the winning bid plus applicable fees must be received by the St. Johns County Clerk’s Office by 2:00 p.m. EST the next business day. Realauction customer service will answer any questions regarding this process at 1-877-361-7325 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Certificate of Title will be issued ten (10) days after the issuance of the Certificate of Sale, providing there are no objections to the sale. A Certificate of Title will transfer title to the successful bidder, but it does not guarantee a clear title to the property.
Sales may cancel at any moment before the beginning of the sale for that property. Canceled sales will be properly marked.
Interested parties may obtain a list of upcoming sales by viewing the sale calendar.
Foreclosure Instructions for Attorneys or Pro Se Filers
Plaintiff or Plaintiff’s Attorney is responsible for issuance of the Notice of Sale. Please file the original notice with the Clerk of Court as soon as possible and provide a copy to the newspaper for publication. Plaintiff or plaintiff’s attorney must file the original Affidavit of Publication (i.e., Proof of Publication) with the Clerk before the sale; failure to file will cancel the sale.
BUYER BEWARE! While foreclosure judgments foreclose the interests of inferior mortgagees, lienholders and any other persons or entities named as parties to the action, served with process and whose interests are legally foreclosed by the court, the Certificate of Title issued by the clerk after a judicial sale is not warranted to be free of any potential claims. All properties are sold “AS IS.” Bidders are responsible for conducting their research as to the property being sold, its location or condition, the condition of any structures or fixtures thereon, its marketability, potential uses, zoning, or whether any other potential liens or other defects in title that may exist.
The Clerk’s Office is not authorized to give legal advice. If you require legal advice, you should obtain it from an attorney or some other source. The Clerk’s office makes no representation about the condition, marketability, existing or potential uses, title, or encumbrances or existence of any condition, zoning regulation or law that may affect current or future uses of the property, regarding any property and structures or fixtures thereon offered for sale by the Clerk.
If you are a person claiming a right to funds remaining after the sale, you must file a claim with the clerk no later than the date that the clerk reports the funds as unclaimed. If you fail to file a claim, you will not be entitled to any remaining funds. After the funds are reported as unclaimed, only the owner of record as of the date of the lis pendens may claim the surplus.
Please click here to obtain the Owner’s Claim for Mortgage Foreclosure Surplus form.
News and Disclaimers
In re: SB 2506 and the payment of Electronic Sale Fee, Plaintiff is now responsible for paying the electronic sale fee rather than the winning bidder for online foreclosure sales. Our office collects this $70.00 fee when filing the Notice of Sale through the e-filing portal. (Effective June 16, 2017)
To view frequently asked questions about foreclosure sales, please click this link.