The Doâ€™s and Donâ€™ts of Bidding At Auction
Keen to attend your first auction but worried what to do? Or perhaps you're ready to buy but not sure how to go about bidding? It's far less scary than you fear, promises Phillip Arnold, auctioneer and managing director of Phillip Arnold Auctions. Hereâ€™s his guide to what you need to know:
Don'tâ€¦ worry about scratching your nose
â€œThereâ€™s definitely a myth that if you move, the auctioneer will take a bid off you. Itâ€™s not like that,â€ Phillip says. â€œItâ€™s not a really fast process and a good auctioneer will make sure everyone has ample opportunity to bid. Theyâ€™ll only take a bid off you if you clearly put up your hand or the paddle or raise your catalogue. We know what a real bid looks like and you wonâ€™t end up buying a property if you scratch your nose.â€
Doâ€¦ your homework.
â€œCheck the legal pack thoroughly and make sure youâ€™ve got your finances set up because you will put 10% down on the day and then have 28 days to complete,â€ Phillip explains. â€œHave it all ready in plenty of time so youâ€™re not stressed out or running around on day 27 trying to arrange finance.â€
Don'tâ€¦ panic and bid on everything
â€œBid on the properties you really want to buy,â€ Phillip says. â€œIf you put your hand up, youâ€™ve got to be prepared that you might buy it so donâ€™t get carried away. Research the auctionâ€™s catalogue first, have in your mind what you want and what price youâ€™re prepared to go to. If you donâ€™t get it, move on. If it goes above the price you planned, get your hand down. Thereâ€™ll always be other auctions.â€
Doâ€¦ arrive at the beginning.
â€œI think first-timers should always get there for the start of an auction so they can hear the announcements,â€ Phillip advises. â€œThat runs through how the process will work on the day. I think itâ€™s important they listen to that even though they may have read it in all the material. Getting there early also helps you get a feel for the room and get a bit more relaxed too.â€
Don'tâ€¦ think you have no chance
â€œItâ€™s a completely open process. You can see who the other people are who are bidding, â€œPhillip says. â€œItâ€™s not the case that we only take bids from people we know or anything like that. Everybody in that room has exactly the same chance of getting it. Thereâ€™s also a myth you wonâ€™t be able to understand the auctioneer and it will sound like horse racing commentary, but it doesnâ€™t. Itâ€™s very clear.â€
Doâ€¦ relax and ask questions
â€œIf it helps,â€ Phillip suggests, â€œgo to another auction before the one you want to bid at to get a feel for how they work. A good auction house should make you feel relaxed. You shouldnâ€™t feel intimidated so donâ€™t be afraid to ask questions. Give us a call at Phillip Arnold Auctions beforehand if you need so we can answer questions or talk you through the process.â€