| Tips to Buying at Auctions

Auction day is both exciting and stressful. It is a day when you really must be cool, calm & rational.

You need a well researched plan and set yourself a strict financial limit.  If you can’t be unemotional, have somebody else or a good buyers agent to do the bidding for you.

What are you bidding on?

Before you go to an auction, be sure you know EXACTLY what you’re bidding on.
You need to do your homework and research:

  • Get a building & pest inspection
  • Research the neighbourhood
  • Research comparative sales
  • What have recent properties in that area sold for?
  • Check the legal title information

There’s no cooling off period when you buy at auction, so you need to be 100% sure you know what you are buying. Pest, building, engineering and structural reports are absolutely crucial

Check the Sale Contract
Have your solicitor / conveyancer check the sale contract. They will find things that you may have missed or miss-understand. Make 100% sure you are fully aware of all the sale conditions.

Have your Finances Sorted
If you win at the auction – You have effectively bought the property. You will usually need to provide a 10% deposit on the spot. You need to have your loan all approved and ready.

The Auction Process
Attend a number of auctions before you participate in an auction. This will help you understand the processes and learn same valuable insights.

Confidence
Be confidence and call out your bids with confidence.

Stay within Your Financial Limits
Calculate what you are willing to spend – and unemotionally stick to that limit. If you exceed your limit you will probably be pay too much and end up struggling to meet mortgage repayments.

Don’t Give Too Much Information Away
Don’t tell the agent too much like the amount you’re willing to pay.

Avoid Hesitation
Counter-bid straight away – to always be in front. This idea of firing off bids with no hesitation confirms to the other bidders that the bid is nowhere near your limit (even if it is).

A Curve Ball to Buy Yourself some Time
If the auction is moving too fast for you, throw in a curve ball. Put in an uneven number bid like say $17,000 and say it as that, not $837,000. This may confuse other bidders & force them to stop & think, slowing the whole thing down a bit.

Leave Emotion at Home
It is easy to get caught up in the excitement, stress and competitive environment of an auction. If you can’t be unemotional, have somebody else or a good buyers agent to do the bidding for you.


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Sally Shields

0414 339 299
sally@shieldsgillman.com.au

Sally Gillman is the owner of Shields Gillman Real Estate.

A Forest resident for almost two decades, Sally enjoys her involvement in the community and has a passion for the area, evidenced by the agencies’ ongoing sponsorship of the Forest Rugby team.

It was this passion that prompted her in 2014 to move her highly successful Eastern Suburbs agency of 20 years to Forestville and bring her considerable property expertise with her.

As a family owned business you can be assured that you’re always dealing with the business owner, you’re treated as a valuable client and receive the personal and professional service that we’re renowned for.