Property auctions are becoming more and more popular throughout the UK with buyers and sellers alike.
If you are interested in either buying or selling through auction then Town & Country Property Auctions can help.
Town & Country Property Auctions act on behalf of solicitors, banks, building societies, local authorities, housing associations, private owners and many other institutions so we can truly offer you independent and professional advice no matter what your circumstance.
A guide to Buying at Town & Country Property Auctions
Details of the Town & Country Property Auctions properties and land to be sold are set out in Town & Country Property Auctions catalogue. 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.
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.
Town & Country Property Auctions Guide Prices
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.
Town & Country Property Auctions reserve Prices
All lots, unless stated in the catalogue, are subject to a Reserve price. This is the minimum price at which the seller has authorised the auctioneer to sell. The bidding must reach or exceed the reserve price for the auctioneer to be able to sell. The reserve price is confidential. It is set by the seller in consultation with the auctioneer prior to the auction and may be subject to change right up to the start of the auction. The auctioneer reserves the right to accept bids from the vendor up to and including the reserve value.
Town & Country Property Pre-Auction Offers
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.
Finance & Mortgages
It is essential to arrange finance prior to the auction and for all surveys, valuations and inspection to take place before the bidding.
Unable to Attend Town & Country 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.
Town & Country Property Auctions 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 Town & Country Property Auctions
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.