Q&A: When can a foreclosure sale winner enter the property?

Q:

If the property is vacant, do I have to wait for the certificate of title before I can open the door? After all, I already paid the final amount owed with the wining bid.

A:

In Florida the title transfers upon the filing and issuance of the certificate of title. Despite having paid good and valuable consideration for the unit, you are not the owner until the certificate of title is issued in your name. Also there is a right of redemption period in Florida prior to the issuance of the certificate of title during which the original own can redeem his property.