The very best means of achieving a premium or fair market value for a property within a specified time is auction.
The deadline for the sale creates a sense of urgency among buyers and sales consultants alike.
The word 'auction' derives from the Latin word 'augere' which means 'to increase'. Dating back to Roman times, auction is one of the oldest methods of selling and yet today is the most advanced method of marketing real estate.
Auction involves a short, sharp and intensive marketing campaign of a property without a price.
This is to test the market to see what buyers, in a competitive situation, are prepared to pay to become the new owners of that property.
Marketing with a price limits what a keen buyer may pay. Once a listing price has been established for a property, a ceiling has been placed on what a buyer expects to pay for it.
Auction, on the other hand, offers a real opportunity to get more for a property than the seller might expect.
Our objective is for the seller to have the highest price possible offered for their property by the end of the auction campaign.
A well-run auction programme will ensure that the property gets the maximum exposure. It is certainly the method that offers the highest degree of responsibility and control shared between the consultant and seller.