Where to sell property online
In addition to our traditional in-room auctions we are pleased to also offer a new way to buy and sell property online.
Our online auctions offer greater flexibility to buyers and sellers while retaining the transparency and certainty of sale offered by the traditional auction route.
Our sellers have two choices of online sales:
- A traditional online auction – where exchange of contracts happens immediately at the end of a specified time period (the agreed reserve must be met or exceeded) securing the sale. This is very similar to our live auction room, but is online.
- A conditional online auction – where the successful buyer has 28 days to exchange contracts from the end of the specified time period. This option is likely to encourage additional buyers as it gives them an extended period to raise finance.
Whatever the method of sale, all bidders are required to provide payment details in advance of bidding as pre-authorisation. This then allows immediate payment to be made when the auction ends giving sellers confirmation of their sale.
How to sell your property online
1. Choose your method of sale
Either traditional online auction or conditional online auction.
2. Agree a reserve price
This is the minimum amount for which you are willing to sell your property.
3. Set the length of the auction
This can be up to 30 days from the date of going online. The longer the auction period the greater the chance of achieving the maximum amount for the property, however a shorter period can be chosen if time is of the essence.
4. Produce a legal documents pack
A legal pack must be uploaded prior to the start of the auction. We can recommend our legal partners or you can instruct your own solicitors.
5. Sit back and watch the bids come in
Bids are placed in minimum increments according the value of the property. Any bids placed in the final 5 minutes of the auction will extend the timer by 15 minutes to allow everyone a fair chance to bid.
6. When the timer reaches zero:
Exchange (for traditional online auctions)
If the reserve is met or exceeded when the auction timer ends, the successful bidder is charged a holding deposit and exchange takes place. At this point, you will be legally obliged to sell the property for the full purchase price.
Reservation period begins (for online conditional auctions)
If the reserve is met or exceeded when the auction timer ends, an exclusivity period begins in relation to that property requiring them to exchange contracts on or before 28 days from the end of the auction. The buyer is automatically charged a reservation fee.
If you fail to exchange contracts on or before the 28 days from the end of the auction, the reservation fee shall be fully refunded to the buyer and you may be liable to pay a fee to the auctioneer for services rendered as part of selling your property. If the buyer fails to exchange on or before the expiry of 28 days from the end of the auction, they will forfeit the full amount of the holding deposit. You will be free to relist the property for sale online or sell the property to a third party.