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Modern Auction and the Implications

Published: 21/09/2022 By Yvonne Astley

Modern Method of Auction – what does it mean?  Well, I’ll tell you about it because I am very experienced in Auctions because I have worked extensively in this field and have a firm handle on how it works.  

In the olden days, as far back as anyone can remember, items have been sold in Auctions, whether it was sheep and cows in Cattlemarket Street, or jewellery, pictures, houses and so on.
We would congregate in the room or on the ground, and the auctioneer would take the bids, sometimes ‘off the wall’, and when the gavel came down, that was it, the deal was done!

After the boom-and-bust cycles in the 1970’s and 80’s, Auctions were a great place to buy a bargain property or sell a difficult property, either way, it benefited both sides, the seller, and the buyer. As time went on, and what with arranging the financial borrowing, it became more difficult because it was good only for the cash buyers because of the 28days contract.

Since Covid, Auctions were closed, and it went online. Now it’s gone a step too far because some estate agents, namely corporates are promoting the ‘Online Modern Method of Auction’ to sell you property and there is only one winner, the agent!

This is because the fees are astronomical and it’s the buyer who must pay them! The buyer has a budget to buy that property, and if they must add the costly buying fee of 4.2% or a minimum of £6000 plus Vat, then it can only come from one place, and that is reflected in the price offered. Therefore, the vendor will lose out as well trying to achieve the best price!

Keep Auctions in the Auction Room where the energy of the room can work the Magic.

Disclaimer – This is my own opinion, the author, Yvonne Astley