There are several options from which to choose, and it depends on how far along you are in your business and how much assistance you need:

1. Membership on Florida Overbids https://www.FloridaOverbids.com

Florida Overbids is the training website, where we teach how and where to find surplus records. This website also contains the surplus claim forms for all 67 counties as well as the Client forms you need (Assignment of Interest, Contingency Agreements, etc.).

This is also the websites where you ask questions. Each County Page has a Q&A section at the bottom for county-specific questions. For General Tax Deed Surplus questions that do not relate to any particular county, you can ask those on the Free Course Page.

You would join here if you are extremely new to the tax deed surplus business and not quite ready to ‘work the surplus records’

(Please Note, a membership to Florida Overbids is included FREE with a subscription to either website below)

2. Subscription on Tax Auction Surplus https://www.TaxAuctionSurplus.com

Update 4/18/2020: We have merged TaxAuctionSurplus.com into our other website SurplusDatabase.com – Please Register there.

Tax Auction Surplus is where you subscribe to obtain the surplus lists we create after each county’s auction (not all counties, just the ones who provide their Property Info Reports online so that we (and you) are able to research the records, meaning you need to find out if there are any liens or mortgages on the property that may take the surplus. We supply you with the surplus records as well as the Property Reports. This saves you a great deal of time since we go to each county’s website and download the needed Property reports for you, and we upload to one central repository for you to access.

You receive the records every day, shortly after the last auction ends.  You choose the option of ‘How Often you pay”. (The longer the subscription time, the less expensive it is)

You would join here if you are all set and ready to start contacting potential clients and you have someone who will research any liens that may be on the property (or time to do it yourself) – We give you all tax deed info, owner name and mailing address plus the property reports, but it is up to you to open the reports, determine if there are liens and then look those up to see how much.

3. Membership on Surplus Database https://www.SurplusDatabase.com

With a membership on Surplus Database, you receive everything you read above plus

  • Surplus Database Software that we developed to assist you with List and Claim Organization,and Skip Tracing Tracking
  • Custom Website for your business

All clients of SurplusDatabase.com also receive a full membership on FloridaOverbids.com

On Surplus Database, we have different Subscription Levels

There are massive amounts of benefits to discuss, so it’s best if you read the Benefits Page which describes what you receive depending on the level you choose.

Benefits Page


Below is all the information you need about each tax deed at auction so that you can perform the surplus recovery tasks. We also show you which sites/subscriptions above give you the information. First, remember, FloridaOverbids.com is a training website only and does not give you a surplus list at all. Below we show you what you receive with TaxAuctionSurplus.com versus SurplusDatabase.com

A. The county will give you this info before the auction:

  • Auction Date
  • Tax Deed Number
  • Parcel Number
  • Starting Bid

TaxAuctionSurplus.com and SurplusDatabase.com & gives you all the above

B. In the case of some counties, they will also give you

  • Ending Bid
  • Assessed Value of property
  • Whether or not the property was Homestead
    (this affects the surplus amount)
  • Surplus Amount

TaxAuctionSurplus.com and SurplusDatabase.com & gives you all the above

C. After the auction, you need to know (the county does not give you these unless you dig into their documents and websites:

  • Who was the Owner at the time of the auction (who is entitled to the surplus)
  • What is/was their mailing address at the time of the auction (in case they did not live at the property or they moved before the auction)
  • What was the property address?

TaxAuctionSurplus.com and SurplusDatabase.com & gives you all the above

D. You need the Property Information Report for each Tax Deed so you can see if there are any documents mentioned on it that may or may not be liens

  • Find out if there any governmental liens on the property or owner
  • Find out if there any mortgages on the property
  • Find out if there any other liens on the property, such as Judgments
  • Each county has their own website where they offer these Property Information Reports. You have to locate them, search for the Property Report you want and download it
  • On the Report, there will be sections titled “Encumbrances” or “Liens” or “Mortgages”, etc. IF there are any of those, the county puts a Document Number, which will be called “Book and Page Number” or “Instrument Number”

TaxAuctionSurplus.com and SurplusDatabase.com gives you the Property Information Reports.

With TaxAuctionSurplus.com and SurplusDatabase.com Extended Subscription, you download the reports from us and research them on your own. We do give an example of each county’s report and show you where to find the information you need.

With SurplusDatabase.com Pro Subscription, you only need to download the Property Information Report if you want to research the records with under 15k surplus (because we do the ones over 15k)


E. The lien holders name/address and the amount of those liens (if any)

  •  With the Book and Page Numbers or Instrument Numbers in hand, you go to the Official Records Website for that county and put in those numbers to look up the document
  • The document may just be a notice, or an Order with no monetary value, so it is not a lien.
  • The document may be a mortgage, but pay attention because it could be so old, it is almost paid off and would not take ALL of the surplus.
  • The document may be a Judgement. Check the “Filed Date”. If it is older than 10 years, that Judgment has expired, and they cannot take any surplus.

Only the Pro Subscription on SurplusDatabase.com gives you this. We provide full lien research on all records where the surplus is over $15,000

If the surplus is between $5-15k, we let you know if it is a record with NO liens or if there are documents you need to research.

If the surplus is between $1-5k, we do not perform any sort of research



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