What is a Certificate of Purchase?

The certificate of purchase is the document the tax sale purchaser receives as evidence of his/her interest in the property. This will be mailed to you once the sale is complete and it has been recorded by the Collector. You will receive your certificate of purchase approximately two weeks after the sale. This is a very important document. You will need the certificate of purchase to obtain a Collector’s deed or a redemption check if property is redeemed.

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1. Does Jefferson County sell properties which have delinquent taxes due?
2. How do I register to bid on tax sale properties?
3. How many properties are offered at the Jefferson County sale?
4. How do I get a list of properties that will be offered?
5. How do I buy tax sale properties?
6. When and where is your tax sale held?
7. When and where am I required to pay if I am the successful bidder?
8. What forms of payment are accepted of the successful bidder?
9. Do I become the owner of the property immediately, or is there a waiting period?
10. What is a Certificate of Purchase?
11. When can the tax sale purchaser take possession of the property?
12. What rate of interest do I earn on my investment if the property is redeemed?
13. How do I get a Collector’s deed for the property?