Does a Mortgage Survive a Tax Deed Sale in Florida?

I’m Ted Thomas, and today I’m answering your question, “Does a mortgage survive a tax deed sale in Florida?”

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The Mortgage

Most properties will have a mortgage because people finance. About 50% of all properties will have a mortgage.

Unfortunately, people have crises in their life, so they might not pay the mortgage. If they don’t pay the mortgage, they could lose the property.

The Primary Lien on the Property

The tax man has a lot to say about this. I’m talking about the local county, which has a property tax lien on the real estate.

That property tax lien is the most powerful lien on any property. It’s the 1st lien, the primary lien. Let me explain that.

The Tax Number

When the property first became a subdivision, they gave it a tax number. That number stays with it forever.

The tax number has power because even though the IRS can file a federal tax lien or Bank of America can file a mortgage, it doesn’t matter.

The first absolute lien on a property is going to be the property tax lien.

How Lien Priority Works

The question that we’re answering today is, “Does a mortgage survive a tax deed sale in Florida?” The answer is no.

Nothing survives the tax defaulted auction except, possibly, another government lien, and it must be filed by date and time.

If that sounds kind of crazy to you, let me give you a little in-depth background.

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What Happens to Subsequent Liens?

The tax lien is the first lien. It’s called a property tax lien. If the Bank of America wants to file a lien on that property because of a mortgage, they’ll do exactly that. So, they file a lien on the property, and it’s registered with the county.

If the tax deed auction takes place, since the county lien is the first lien, it will wipe out the mortgage.

How can it wipe out the mortgage? The state law gives it the authority to wipe out the mortgage via due process of law.

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Due Process of Law Regarding Liens

To wipe out that mortgage, the county sends notices to the bank and everybody else on the title.

If an attorney had filed a lien on your behalf because someone owed you money, there would be a lien on the property.

Now your lien has been wiped out, but before it was wiped out, you received a notice from the county that said, “This property is in tax default. If someone doesn’t pay the taxes, then your lien will be wiped out.”

Anybody and any entity that has a lien will have it wiped out.

The only thing that may survive a tax deed will be another government lien of some kind.

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Notifying the Bank

Those of you who are attorneys or savvy real estate people are probably saying, “Wait a minute, Ted. The bank doesn’t have to get wiped out. They could pay the tax.” That’s absolutely true. That’s why everybody is notified. So, let’s talk about the banks.

They don’t want any risk at all. If you try to get a bank loan, you have to sign over your 1st and 2nd born to get that loan. They want to lend money on properties when they know they can sell them and do okay.

When the notice comes from the government, it comes as a registered letter that says, “If you don’t pay the tax, there’s going to be an auction and we’re going to take over the property.”

Mortgages, Deeds of Trust and Security Deeds

Keep in mind, in the Western states they don’t call them mortgages. They call it a deed of trust.

In the Southern states, they’ll call it a deed of trust or a security deed. They’re all the same thing, just an IOU. You owe the bank money, and you sign for it.

In the East, they call it a mortgage.

Covenants in Bank Loan Contracts

The bank can pay the tax that’s due, then the bank will have a priority lien. With a mortgage, they don’t have a priority lien like the tax lien.

Every mortgage has 3 covenants. This is important. Covenant just means promise, and you make 3 of them when you sign a mortgage.

1) You say you will make the installments.
2) You will pay the taxes.
3) You’ll pay the insurance.

Every bank loan has those 3 covenants. If you don’t pay any one of those 3, you have violated the bank loan.


Because of this violation, the bank will foreclose on the property, but they have plenty of time now because the taxes are paid.

Foreclosures can be 21 days in Texas, 100 days in California, or 60 days in Oregon. Every state has a different foreclosure time.

The Tax Lien

The number 1 lien is always the taxes. If the bank or anybody pays the tax, they can then foreclose on that property. However, it takes time to do that.

You buy time when you pay the taxes. Just like a tax lien, you pay someone’s taxes, and you give them time.

Time solves all real estate problems.


Does a mortgage survive a tax deed sale in Florida? The answer is no.

The tax lien is the first lien on the property, and subsequent liens and encumbrances are extinguished. Only another government lien may possibly survive a tax deed sale.

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Ted Thomas is America’s Leading Authority on Tax Lien Certificates and Tax Deed Auctions, as well as a publisher and author of more than 30 books. His guidebooks on Real Estate have sold in four corners of the world. He has been teaching people just like you for over 30 years how to buy houses in good neighborhoods for pennies on the dollar. He teaches how to create wealth with minimum risk and easy-to-learn methods.

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