Real Estate Auctions – How to Buy Real Estate at Auction

Identify the Property of Interest

There are many properties to pick from with hundreds of auctions held every day. Look through the auction calendar for homes that meet your criteria and read the thorough descriptions to be sure the property is perfect for you.

Research the Property

Buyers should learn everything they can about the property. Learn everything there is to know about the features, including the advantages and disadvantages. The Auctioneer should provide you with a Property Information Package (PIP). Photos, full descriptions, auction terms and conditions, a sample Purchase and Sale Contract, property taxes and assessments, maps, plans, and a variety of other papers are included in the PIP.

Perform a Physical Inspection

Buyers can examine the property during a planned Open House or organize a private preview with the Auctioneer. Buyers at auction take the property as-is, where-is, with all flaws, so seeing the property is essential to determining value and allowing the buyer to bid confidently.

Make Your Financial Arrangements in Advance

Buyers in real estate auctions must be able to close within 30 days on cash terms. Buyers must prequalify with a lender, inform them of the Auction rules, and secure financing prior to bidding because there are no financing contingencies. If monies must be shifted in order to have accessible capital for the sale, call your financial counselor as soon as possible to make the funds ready for deposit and closing.

Observe another Auction Hosted by the same Auctioneer

Check the auction calendar for an auction that will be held before the sale for the property of interest. Become familiar with the auction process and ask questions afterwards to clarify and understand the process and expectation of that auctioneer.

Get Registered to Bid

On the day of the auction, buyers can register to bid online or in person. The earlier you register, the better, because it informs the auctioneer of your interest and allows you to receive information and updates right away. If the auction will be held onsite, show up early.

Prepare Questions about the Sale/Property

Although the Auctioneer will allow you to ask questions during the sale, it is advisable to prepare your queries ahead of time. This will give you the chance to double-check are prepared to bid with sound understanding.

Determine Your Maximum Bid

Set a bidding limit after researching and evaluating the property and determining your financial capabilities. Keep in mind the buyer’s premium, necessary deposit, and closing charges. A Buyer may seek professional guidance from a building constructor or a real estate agent if they prefer.

Bid to Win

Buyers who put their best foot forward are usually the ones that win. Each property has just one winning bidder, and that bidder is the one who submits the highest bid the quickest. Continue bidding until the auctioneer ends the sale or you reach your maximum bid.