First-Time Buyers Guide to Auctions

Why Auctions?

Real estate auctions level the playing field between sellers and buyers. As a buyer, you immediately know where you stand. You’re either the top bidder or you or not. In traditional real estate transactions, offers can be used as leverage against buyers and drive the price up. In auctions, the only competition you have is against other buyers. You have complete control over the cost and whether you buy the property or not.

How does an auction work?

Buying at an auction is a simple open process. As a potential bidder, it is important to be well informed and well prepared before the actual auction date. The auctioneer has basic information in the auction brochure; address, date, and terms and conditions. For more information, one should request a bidder’s information package. At Associate Auctions, we send out auction b

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT

Each bidder will be required to register and have a bid number. To receive a bid number, one must show evidence of the required earnest money, cash, cashier’s check, or bank letter of guarantee. (see terms of the particular auction for specific information)

BIDDING

Bidding at real estate auctions is open to the public. The auctioneer calls for bids. The bidder should raise their bid number in the air when the price level is where they would be interested in purchasing.

Advantages of buying at an auction:

  • Buying real estate at auction has many advantages. The most obvious is the ability to name your price for a piece of property. Another notable benefit is the straight forward terms and conditions of the auction.

  • Owners sell for different reasons, but one point remains constant, the time value of money and the ability to leverage quick results. Markets can change quickly, and holding properties for long periods can erode equity rapidly as values continue to decline.

  • Auction marketing works well in both weak and strong markets. The auction process will inform and attract potential buyers, motivating them to compete to purchase your property. This competition offers an advantage over the traditional listing method, in which the real estate broker continues to encourage you to reduce the price to move the property.

  • Attorneys, trustees, and individuals with other types of fiduciary responsibility recognize the value of the auction method of marketing assets for both speed of sale and the fact that the legal system favors open public bidding.

  • Institutional investors in real estate now have an excess of Real Estate Owned (REO) properties in their portfolios. The current market conditions necessitate the reevaluation of these assets held by institutional investors. An auction marketing plan can be a useful to reduce the inventories of excess properties.
  • The largest single user of auction services for marketing real property is the U.S. government.

  • Institutional investors in real estate now have an excess of Real Estate Owned (REO) properties in their portfolios. The current market conditions necessitate the reevaluation of these assets held by institutional investors. An auction marketing plan can be useful to reduce the inventories of excess properties.