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    Do's and don'ts when bidding for property on auction online

    Buying and selling property via online auctions is becoming far more commonplace. It's a very convenient, effective and transparent process. For the uninitiated, here are some useful tips for sellers and buyers of both residential and commercial property.
    Image source: Gallo/Getty
    Image source: Gallo/Getty

    Five tips for sellers

    1. Listen to the market. BidX1 offers the seller analytics on their property which will allow him/her to see exactly what the feedback is from interested buyers. As there are limited buyers, particularly in the current market, ensure you take this into account when considering an offer.
    2. I always advise sellers to try to distance themselves from the emotional aspect of selling their properties. This is easier with commercial property, but in selling residential property ie. your home, it is probably even more important. Once you have achieved a sense of impartiality and tried to view your home with objective eyes, ask yourself what you would pay for the property.
    3. When you receive an offer, do not reject it outright. First sit with a property professionals and look at the offer carefully. Ask the question – why did I get this offer? So often I have seen sellers rejecting good offers, to only sell the property three to six months later for less.
    4. Don’t be blinded by the prices of other properties on the market in your area, or even what your neighbour’s property is being marketed at as it is most probably not what they will sell for.
    5. It’s a good idea to first view the bidding and sale of other properties online to get a feel for the process, as it occurs in real time.

    Five tips for buyers

    1. Ensure you have done your homework and researched the market and viewed all available information on the property before bidding.
    2. Talk to one of our specialist property professionals who can advise you on any questions you may have.
    3. When bidding, do not exceed what you can afford, so before you start bidding, ensure you have decided on your limit and then stick to it.
    4. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that a property will receive bids way over what you are prepared to pay. I have seen numerous buyers lose out on a property when they made their own assumptions that a seller will not accept their offer, or that other buyers will bid more than they are prepared to pay – resulting in their missing an opportunity to acquire a desired property which may even be their dream home.
    5. Some buyers say post-auction, ‘but I would have bid on that property!’, and my question to them is – why didn’t you? So ensure you are registered to bid as you never know…

    The process is safe, as bidders have to register first and provide FICA documentation as well as source of funds, eliminating any fictitious bids being placed. It’s also transparent, as everyone can see the bidding as it unfolds, plus it’s also recorded, so anyone can view the bidding for properties sold via our previous online auctions.

    Before participating, I recommend that you physically inspect the property at one of our viewing days, download and fully understand the conditions of sale and read all the relevant information regarding the specific property.

    About MC du Toit

    MC du Toit, CEO for BidX1 South Africa
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