The guide to selling a house at auction & alternative options
Selling a house at auction can be a good idea if your property has structural issues or any other problems that could prevent it from selling via the open market.
Quick cash buying companies, like ours, however can buy any property and prevent the cost of selling a house at auction. We'll buy the house in any condition and will save you the hassle of having to sell your property yourself.
There are several things to remember when you are considering selling a house at auction. To help you understand how the whole process works, we’ll walk you through it.
Buying a house at auction is relatively straight forward, but if you’re new to auctions then we’ve got some information to offer you an insight into how the process works.
The whole process takes around 28 days, but it might be sooner, depending on if you accept an early bid or a buyer settles their remaining balance faster than expected.
If you’re considering selling a house at auction then it is really important to weigh up the pro’s and con’s of this service.
✔ Quick sale
✖ Sale isn’t guaranteed
✖ Uncertainty over how much over your reserve price you’ll make until the auction actually takes place
✔ Competitive – you could get a great price for your property if it is marketed to create a buzz
✖ High fees – entry fee as well as possible commission fees once the auction completes
✔ You keep control because a buyer can’t, legally, pull out
✖ You’ll need to move out quickly because the completion time is only a matter of weeks
✔ Property investors are always looking for projects so ‘problem’ houses are attractive to them
✖ All sales are final so you may feel disappointed if you don’t get what you expected and you can’t back out should your personal circumstances change
There are alternatives to selling a house at auction. Quick cash buyers can also buy any property, in any condition and for a fair price.
Selling a house at auction could cost nearly £1200 plus VAT in solicitor’s fees and then the selling at auction fees are on top of that, at around 2.5% of the final sale price of the property. Even if your property doesn’t sell, you’ll have to pay the auction fee. The Property Buying Company covers all legal fees and doesn’t charge commission, meaning that the amount we offer you is the amount you’ll receive.
Although a number of properties can do well at auction, it is a gamble. If you don’t meet your reserve then you’ll still have to pay the selling at auction fees AND sell your property. Always seek advice from the auctioneer before agreeing to sell your house via this platform. They are experienced enough to let you know if your property is likely to sell and for how much. Don’t go ahead with it if you feel uneasy about anything and if you need a quick sale of your property remember that there are other options available to you.
Selling a house at auction can be a great way to get rid of a problem property and it can be pretty exhilarating. However, if you want to guarantee the sale of your property then a quick cash buyer could be a better option. The Property Buying Company will offer you a fair cash sum, will complete in a timescale to suit you and will include all legal fees so there are no hidden extras to worry about down the line. What’s even better is that no property is off-limits, even ones that are in need of a lot of renovation or repair.
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Independent reviews of our service from reviews.co.uk
The whole experience has been easy and very helpful, Lucy & Jessica were both extremely efficient with their service and I would recommend them highly.
Very prompt service and prepared to discuss alternatives and ideas. Very impressed.
The team were all extremely helpful and polite and made every effort to ensure a speedy turnaround. Even offering to cover upfront search costs, in order to expedite the searches, should the outcome of probate not be favourable. They have regularly contacted me to keep myself and my solicitor informed of how the sale was proceeding. The teams efforts didn't stop at the sale of the property. Post sale they have provided expert support and invaluable contacts to ensure my project doesn't delay. Thank you for all your help, I look forward to our next purchase together. Regards Mark
Brilliant company very quick and responsive
I had an excellent experience with the property buying company. Elie Topp was exceptional in dealing with sale of my property. The whole process was quick, easy & transparent. I would definitely recommend the property buying company to my friends.
Why sell your house to us?
We’re one of the leading buyers of residential/commercial property and land in England and Wales. We buy using our own cash facility meaning we can offer the best prices in our industry and complete the sale quicker than anyone else.
|Your options||Average sale length||Typical cost to you|
|The Property Buying Company||2-3 weeks||£0.00|
|Other House Buying Companies||2-10 weeks||£1000|
|Property Auction||6-10 weeks||£2500-£5000|
|Online Estate Agents||16-52 weeks||£1000(upfront)-£5000|
|Estate Agents||16-52 weeks||£5000|
Unlike most of the other options available to you, we are not a broker or middle man, meaning you skip the fees and get a sale quickly and easily.
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