Property Auctions

The auction system is considered the fairest method of purchasing a property at the real market value. As a system of sale, it will never go out of date because it is both adaptable and convenient.

Before you attend your first auction as a buyer, we suggest you read this information. The more you know about the auction process, the better your chance of getting what you want at a fair price.

The Benefits of Buying At Auction


At auction, it’s clear who your competitors are and, because offers are made publicly, you always know the state of the play.


Auction days are set well in advance, giving potential buyers plenty of time to arrange inspections, finance and even the sale of an existing home.


Unless a property for auction is advertised as being available for prior agreement, you can be confident that it will sell on auction day and not before. Auction ensures you get the opportunity to buy. If you have indication your genuine interest in a property that is ‘for sale prior’ your consultant will ensure the vendor knows of your interest.

Essential Preparation For Buyers


You can inspect a property up for auction either by appointment or on ‘open for inspection’ days. It’s sensible to look more than once and to consider arranging an inspection by a builder or architect.

Before the Auction you will need to be satisfied with any property information, e.g title, LIM and the particulars and conditions, your solicitor can approve these for you.


It is vital you arrange any necessary finance before auction day as sales by auction are always unconditional. Once you have decided to bid on a property, ask your financial institution to process your application so you have an indication of the amount of money they are prepared to lend you.


The research price of the property to be auctioned will not be disclosed to you. Therefore, to establish a market value, you should discover the selling prices of any similar properties sold in the area. The real estate company running the auction will be able to help you in this respect. It could also be helpful to commission a valuer’s report on the property you’re interested in.


Familiarise yourself with the terms and particulars of the Contract of Sale. Make sure you understand exactly what will go with the property when it is sold - all fittings, furniture and other items to be included should be clearly listed in the Contract of Sale. Also check the Terms of Sale, such as the deposit and balance of payment details. At an auction, the contract of Sale is unconditional, so if you’re the successful bidder you must complete the sale or lose your deposit.

What to Expect on Auction Day


By now you should have inspected the property enough to be satisfied that it meets your needs. You will also have an indication of finance available to you through your bank or financial institution. Register your interest to Bid at the Auction with the agent who showed you through the property.

Check the scheduled time and place for the auction and plan to arrive early so you will have time to raise any queries with the auctioneer.


The Auction will begin with the auctioneer reading the details of the property as written in the Contract of Sale. The auctioneer will then ask for bids. To bid you have to attract the auctioneers attention by putting up your hand, calling out your bid, nodding your head or making any other gesture that signifies a bid.

As the Auction progresses the auctioneer will usually ask for smaller bids. Be alert during this time as your next bid may secure the property. Once bidding reaches the reserve price, the auctioneer will announce that it is 'on the market'. The property will be sold to the final bidder.

After the property is sold, or 'knocked down', to you as the successful bidder, you will be required to sign the Contract of Sale immediately and pay a deposit (usually 10% of the selling price). The Contract of Sale must be signed by the vendor or auctioneer on behalf of the vendor.

If bidding does not reach the reserve price, the auctioneer will usually confer with the vendor and obtain further instructions. In some situations, the reserve price will be revised and bidding will begin again. Otherwise, the highest bidder will have the first option to purchase at the reserve price. If the highest bidder decides not to purchase, the property is back on the market and any interested parties may negotiate with the property consultant concerned.