Real Estate Auctions: Buying and Selling Properties with Confidence

Real Estate Auctions: Buying and Selling Properties with Confidence

Many real estate investors restrict themselves when looking for properties. Instead of exploring the entire real estate market, they stick to listing websites to see what's listed there.

However, there are many alternatives to finding additional homes for sale. One of those is real estate auctions.

Do you want to learn more about buying and selling at auctions? Learn more below.

Understand the Types of Auctions

There isn't a single way to auction real estate property. The auction holders use a variety of formats, so real estate buyers should understand what each is like.

Absolute Auction

The highest bidder wins the absolute auction. There are no minimums. A home starts at zero, and the bidders continue bidding until there is a winner.

Minimum Bid Auction

In this auction format, the auction doesn't start at zero. A minimum bid is required, which is usually the amount owed on the property for sale. This format continues like an absolute auction, with the highest bidder winning.

Reserve Auction

Unlike a reserve auction, the seller doesn't have to accept a bid if they don't like it. In cases like this, sellers usually have a minimum bid in mind and want to see which bidders come close to or exceed that bid. However, unlike a traditional negotiation, the seller can't offer a counterbid to bidders who made a good offer.

Prepare Your Financing

Many auctions don't work like traditional home buys. They don't offer financing, so you may have to have the entire amount for the home upfront or prove you have the means to pay through other means.

Prepare bank statements and whatever else is required to prove you have the funds. Doing this will avoid slowdowns if you win the auction and ensure you will be able to enter future ones.

Do Your Due Diligence

You can often learn about many of the properties going up for auction before you place a bid. This allows you to do some research before going to an auction to ensure you bid on the right property for you.

Look into things like the title, property maintenance report, liens, and other issues before you buy. Doing this will give you an idea of the cost after the initial purchase price and if a property is worth the investment.

Know the Auction Rules

Diffrent auction formats have rule sets unique to them. If you want to succeed, you must understand those rules. For example, online auctions may extend the end time if you place a last-minute bid.

Read up on auction procedures before you commit to one. Otherwise, you may make a mistake that costs you a winning bid.

Make the Most of Real Estate Auctions

Real estate auctions are a great way to gain access to property you may otherwise not be able to get on the open market. What's even better is that you can find great deals that offer significant profit margins. Use the tips above to make the most of your time at auctions when you buy real estate.

Of course, you'll need help managing your property once you succeed in investing in real estate auctions. At PMI Commonwealth, we offer property management services for individual services (like accounting or maintenance) to full-service options. Contact our team today to learn what your options are.