Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Real Estate Online Auctions - Part 2 of 3

This is part 2 of 3, but just in case you missed part 1 here is a little background ... After 14 years of working in the computer industry, I was naturally drawn to the concept of online auctions when I got involved in real estate. I've spent the last 3 years using online real estate auctions and here are some more answers to common questions about them.

Q) Aren't auctions just for properties that need a lot of work?

A) No, not anymore. I'm starting to see auctions for brand new properties from builders and banks who just need to get rid of them. Owners of any type of property, who are motivated, are turning to auctions for a solution.

Q) How long does an online real estate auction last?

A) Typically about 3 weeks. It depends on your marketing campaign and how many open houses you plan to do.

Q) Do I need a special license to do an online auction?

A) In every state, you need to be a licensed real estate agent. However, there is no requirement that I've come across that requires a special license.

Q) Aren't online auctions just a fad that will go away when the market gets better?

A) I don't think so. I think there are more auctions today than ever before because of the current market. However, I also think they provide a solution that is needed in any market, and sellers will find they are an excellent option for a property in high demand too. There are lots of examples on Ebay of a unique item selling for some crazy amount. What owner or real estate agent wouldn't want to watch hungry buyers fight it out online?

Thanks for Reading! In the next few days, I'll share part 3

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