DRIVER & NORRIS PROPERTY AUCTION SERVICES
No other auction provider in the UK & Ireland offers such a complete and comprehensive range of property auction services for estate agents to offer to their buyers and sellers. Together, Driver Norris Property Auctioneers hold both live and online auction events nationwide, working in partnership with over 1900 estate agent branches, providing local knowledge and expertise.
THE TRADITIONAL METHOD OF AUCTION
This is a tried and tested method associated mainly with selling and buying investment stock due to more restrictive timeframes to exchange contracts and complete the sale. This limits buyers and the interest and activity around residential properties.
THE MODERN METHOD OF AUCTION AT DRIVER NORRIS
This more accessible route creates a transparent platform for buyers and sellers combining the best aspects of traditional auction and private treaty sales. Driver Norris Property Auctioneers offer more realistic yet fixed timescales, opening up the market place for buyers and sellers looking to arrange mortgages as their method of payment.
The transaction has 56 days in which to complete with parties aiming to exchange contracts within 28 days of the Draft Contract being received by the buyer’s solicitors. Whereas with traditional auctions, the exchange of contracts will usually take place as soon as the buyer has won the bid.
The Modern Method of Auction opens the auction market (once reserved for the professional investor or cash-ready buyer) up to residential buyers, creating a larger market place and more interest and activity than traditional auction. It is the preferred route for buying and selling via auction and has changed the perception of auction in the last decade.
A guide to Buying at Driver Norris Auction
Details of the Driver Norris Property Auctions properties and land to be sold are set out in Driver Norris Property Auction catalogues are usually available online or on request online to be posted to you. All lots are sold subject to general conditions of sale. It is most important that purchasers satisfy themselves as to the availability, location, boundaries, conditions and state of all lots prior to the auction.
Viewing with Driver Norris
It is essential that you view the properties which interest you as soon as possible. Viewing arrangements for each lot are contained in this catalogue.
There are special conditions and general conditions that apply to all lots being offered at auction. A copy of these should be available within the legal pack for each lot, a copy of which will be posted to the relevant auctioneer’s website as soon as possible.
Instructing a Solicitor
Before bidding at the auction, it is advisable to consult a solicitor/licensed conveyancer to advise you on the general and special conditions of sale, any searches that may be necessary, the Land Registry office copy entries and any other information provided.
Guide Prices at Driver Norris
Most are quoted in the catalogue available from the agency/office concerned, nearer the time of the auction. a guide price may change at any time. Lots may be sold at above or below the guide price and we cannot accept responsibility for their accuracy.
Making Pre-Auction Offers Driver Norris
Offers must be in writing and will only be considered if the lot has been viewed and the legal documentation inspected. Pre-auction bids are on the basis of an immediate exchange of auction contracts upon acceptance by the seller.
Any offer will be assumed to be your best and final offer and the auction house cannot guarantee that you will be invited to increase your bid in the event of an alternative, satisfactory offer is received prior to exchange.
Unable to Attend a Driver Norris property auction
If it is impossible for you to attend the auction there are two ways in which you can bid (each auction house has its own rules & methods). Firstly, you can appoint a representative or a solicitor to bid for you, and it is always advisable to write and inform the auctioneer. Also, give your representative a letter confirming that they are bidding on your behalf.
Auction Proxy Bids
If you want to bid by proxy on the day of the auction the auctioneer may be happy for you to do so, check in advance with the relevant auction house. The Auctioneer usually holds a signed contract and deposit cheque at least 48 hours before the auction. Therefore, please contact the auction house in plenty of time to avoid disappointment.
Please contact the relevant Auction house for a proxy bid registration form or use the one shown on the relevant auction house website (link for this auction house is below) or the one in the auction brochure.
Registering at Auction & Means of Identification
You must register before the auction starts at the registration desk at the auction venue (each auction house its own rules check in advance what they are). The successful bidder is required to provide two forms of identification (see registration form). Please note that it is a requirement that you also provide documentation to confirm your name and residential address.
Bidding at Driver Norris Auction
If you have not bid at an auction before, it is advisable to be present when the Auction starts, listen to the Auctioneer’s opening remarks and follow the bidding in the early lots. The Auctioneer will indicate from whom the bid has been taken, but it is helpful to the Auctioneer for you to raise your hand or bidding card number clearly when you bid.
If the Auctioneer is in doubt whether the movement of a head or hand was, in fact, a bid, he will usually inquire “Was that a bid Sir/Madam?” If you are the successful bidder, a binding contract is entered into between the seller and the bidder on the fall of the Auctioneer’s gavel.
You will then be approached by a member of the auction staff who will escort you to the sales desk. At this point a deposit payment is required, the sum of 10% of the sale price is handed to the seller’s solicitor.
The seller’s solicitor will then prepare the contracts. THESE MUST BE SIGNED by the purchaser BEFORE LEAVING THE AUCTION ROOM.
Don’t buy from any property auction until you have read the British Landlord Association property auction tip & guide
Click Here for Driver Norris Property Auction website