Buying at Auction


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Your Ultimate Guide to Buying Property at Auction

Hello, future homeowners! If you’re considering purchasing a property at auction, you’re in the right place. Auctions can be a fantastic way to find your dream home or investment property at a great price. Here’s a quick guide to help you navigate the process with confidence.

1. Do Your Homework 

Research: Check the auction catalog for properties that interest you.

Viewings: Always visit the property before bidding. Take a trusted advisor or surveyor with you.

Legal Pack: Obtain and review the legal documents for the property. Consult with a solicitor if needed.

2. Arrange Your Finances 

Deposit: Be prepared to pay a deposit (usually 10%) immediately if you win.

Mortgages: Secure a mortgage in principle before attending the auction. Need help? That’s what we’re here for!

Additional Costs: Factor in auction fees, solicitor fees, and any potential renovation costs.

3. Auction Day Tips 

Registration: Arrive early to register and get your bidder number.

Bidding: Stick to your budget. Auctions can be fast-paced and competitive.

Winning Bid: If you win, you’ll sign the sale memorandum and pay the deposit on the spot.

4. Post-Auction Steps 

Completion: The remaining balance is usually due within 28 days. Ensure your mortgage and finances are ready.

Celebrate: You’ve just bought a property at auction! Time to celebrate your new investment.

5. Need More Advice? We’re Here to Help! 

Buying at auction can be a thrilling experience, but it’s crucial to be prepared. If you need advice on securing a mortgage or understanding the auction process, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Frequently Asked Questions


Q1: What is a property auction? A property auction is a public sale where properties are sold to the highest bidder. Auctions can be a great way to buy a property quickly and potentially below market value.

Q2: How do I find properties being sold at auction? Auction houses and estate agents often list properties on their websites and in catalogs. You can also sign up for alerts or newsletters from these sources to stay updated.

Q3: Do I need a mortgage before attending an auction? Yes, it’s advisable to have a mortgage agreement in principle before the auction. This ensures you have the necessary funds available if you win the bid.

Q4: What is a legal pack? A legal pack contains important documents about the property, including the title deed, local authority searches, and any leases or tenancy agreements. It’s crucial to review this pack before bidding.

Q5: Can I view the property before the auction? Yes, viewing the property is highly recommended. Contact the auction house to arrange a viewing. It’s also a good idea to bring a surveyor to check for any issues.

Q6: How much deposit do I need to pay if I win? Typically, a 10% deposit of the purchase price is required immediately if your bid is successful. Ensure you have these funds readily available.

Q7: Are there additional costs involved in buying at auction? Yes, besides the purchase price, you may need to pay auction fees, legal fees, and costs for any necessary renovations. Make sure to budget for these expenses.

Q8: What happens after I win a bid at auction? After winning, you’ll sign the sale memorandum and pay the deposit. The completion of the sale usually occurs within 28 days, so ensure your mortgage and finances are in order.

Q9: What if I can’t complete the purchase on time? Failing to complete the purchase within the specified time frame can result in losing your deposit and potentially facing legal action. It’s essential to have all finances arranged beforehand.

Q10: Can I get a mortgage for a property bought at auction? Yes, you can get a mortgage for auction properties, but it’s crucial to arrange this in advance. Some lenders may have specific requirements for auction properties.

Q11: How can I prepare for bidding at an auction? Set a budget, stick to it, and remain calm during the auction. It’s also helpful to attend a few auctions as an observer to understand the process before participating.

Q12: Where can I get more advice on buying at auction? Feel free to contact us for personalized information on securing a mortgage and navigating the auction process. We’re here to help you every step of the way!