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Housing auction set for Saturday

The federal Resolution Trust Corp. will conduct an auction of single-family homes, condominiums, townhouses, duplexes and triplexes, including 13 Tampa properties, Saturday at the Marriott Westshore, 1001 N West Shore Blvd. Registration begins at 11 a.m.; the auction, at 1 p.m. No minimum bids will be set at the auction.

Potential bidders must be certified in advance as qualified buyers. For a certification appointment, call the United Methodist Center, 221-5116, or the County Housing and Community Development Department, 623-2881.

To be eligible, bidders are limited to a total household annual income of $33,600 or less for a two-person household or $38,640 or less for a three-person household. Larger households may have slightly higher income limits.

For prequalification, bidders must supply information on:

Income, including wage verification in the form of a payroll check stub, W-2 form, income tax return or employer statement.

Additional sources of income.

Expenses, including current balance and monthly payment amounts for auto loans, credit cards or other revolving accounts.

If divorced, a copy of the divorce settlement agreement.

Successful bidders must post a $500 deposit in cash or certified check. Mortgage financing assistance will be available through the Florida Housing Finance Agency, Federal Housing Administration, Veterans Administration and the Resolution Trust Corp.

For information, call auction information at (800) 743-7603.