Monday, July 23, 2007

Will an online auction work for my property?

I get this question a lot. The best way to think about an online auction is as a different marketing strategy. Do they work in attracting interest? Yes! Will they help you find a buyer? Sometimes. Will they help a property stand out? Yes! Is it as easy as posting it on an auction site? No. It takes a planned effort, marketing and a little time, but it can be well worth it. However, if you think about it, what other things can you do that will make your property stand out and attract attention like an auction does?

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Friday, July 20, 2007

Land development - St. Peters, MO

** Starting Bid is $400,000 **
** Auction Ends Jul 29, 2007 8:00 PM CST **
Land ~ Pre-Construction
Jungermann Rd. and Sutters Mill
Saint Peters, MO 63376
Square Footage: 125017

For more details visit:
AuctionID: 100198
or call Mickie D. Ball at 314-369-6660

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

New Auction - Duplex with tenant - $25K

** Starting Bid is $25,000 **
** Auction Ends Jul 25, 2007 9:00 PM CST **
Duplex Under 40K
Multi-Family 2-4 ~ Tenant Occupied
89 Milburn Street
Buffalo, NY 14212
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1379

Total Rental Units: 2
Rental Income: $400

For more details visit:
AuctionID: 100194
or call sandk at 804-986-0282

Saturday, July 14, 2007

7 Auction Listing Strategies

Here are 7 different strategies to consider when creating an auction.

1. When using a reserve price, start the bidding at least 50% below your reserve price. - You can never start too low. When buyers see you are using a reserve, they expect your starting bid is way below your reserve price. The idea is to attract attention. What starting bid will do that for you?

2. Consider NOT using a reserve price. - You don't have to use a reserve price and some buyers are more attracted to auctions with NO RESERVE (a.k.a. Absolute Auction). If you've got a great deal, your starting bid with "NO RESERVE" can attract just as many buyers as using a reserve.

3. Seller Financing - The number one question asked of sellers on our site is "Will you finance". If you are in a position to do that such as Contract for Deed, Lease-Option or even if it's on Hard Money terms (high interest rate, short term), your deal will be much more attractive.

4. Bid on Assignment Fee - As long as you are clear in your listing the terms of your contract and details of your contract available to the bidders, you can have the bidding be on your assignment fee. Start it at $100 and let the market determine what your contract is worth.

5. Bid on Your Option - Do you have an option on a property? Have investors bid on buying your option.

6. Include Property Resources - If you have a rental property you are selling, have a few property managment companies, handymen, etc. you can refer bidders to. Including these as part of your listing makes your auction more attractive.

7. Include Finance Resources - If you need to sell for cash, make it as easy as possible for interested bidders by including information about financing companies such as Hard Money Lenders, Mortgage Brokers, Lenders, etc.

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Do you have a buyers list?

As a real estate investor who "wholesales" properties, it's important to have a buyers list. When you have a list it makes it easier to find a buyer for your deals. We realized that it would benefit sellers who list a property on our site to have a list of buyers in place. We are actively growing that list and they automatically get notified when a new auction is listed. But that's not enough, we want it be easy for sellers to market to any existing audience they already have. We created tools to help with that. The combination of our list, the seller's list and a little additional online and offline marketing will make a big impact on the success of an auction.

Sellers who realize the potential and put forth the effort will reap big rewards.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Experts predict 35-50% of real estate will be sold by auction!

A few days ago, I ran across the statement that predicted 35-50% of all real estate in the US will be sold by auction in the next 5 years.

I think auctions are a great way to get a property noticed and sold. It doesn't suprise me that more and more people are realizing it.

I think technology is becoming more effective in making an online auction have a "live" feel to it. As a result, many auction companies are doing simultaneous live & online auctions.

And even more companies are offering "online only" auctions with growing success.

Auctions are a great way to sell and to find great deals.

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Monday, July 9, 2007

Real Estate Auctions - An effective way to sell!

Right now, it’s a buyer’s market. Buyers have lots of properties to choose from and sellers are looking for a way to stand out. It’s not a surprise that more sellers are turning to auctions for help.

A couple weeks ago, I attended a live auction in St. Louis, MO in which 6 properties were auctioned. The auction took place on the front steps of 1 of the properties. About 40 people attended and probably 20-25 took part in the bidding. Out of 6 properties, 5 of them sold at prices that, if listed in the MLS, would have sat for weeks and maybe months. Only one didn’t go well (receiving only one bid) and that property recently caught fire and was a tear down in a rural area, but at least it sold. I’ve attended auctions before, but in this market it proved to me once again, that an auction is definitely the best way to sell quickly and for a decent price.
It’s no surprise that auctions are growing in popularity, especially in the market we are in today. There aren’t many other solutions for sellers who need to sell quickly and buyers are drawn to them because of the hope of a big discount.

As the market and technology changes, a shift is beginning to take place and we are seeing more real estate auctions take place online. The reason for this shift is because technology is making it easier, less expensive and just as exciting.

A successful online auction still requires planning, online and offline marketing, and sometimes holding open houses. However, all the effort pays off by bringing lots of attention and being able to condense the time it takes to sell. One of the biggest benefits is that buyers don’t all have to be at one place at one time to bid. They can connect whenever and from wherever they have Internet access.

An auction, whether online or live, helps a property stand out and that’s the goal for any sale. Auctions are a very effective selling strategy and especially appealing in a slow market.

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