Why would an agent say “no offers” during an auction marketing campaign?

Here is a little-known fact about auction price quoting. Apart from rare situations where the vendor has instructed the selling agent not to entertain pre-auction offers, there is a very compelling reason for agents to discourage offers. If an offer is rejected, they have to increase their quoted price expectation!! And they do not want to do this for fear of not being able to build interest and create a competitive auction.

To give you an example, an agent is quoting a property at “over $900,000”. You make an offer of $950,000, which the vendor rejects. The agent now needs to increase their quoting to reflect the fact that the vendor will not accept anything up to and including $950,000. Perhaps that will turn other buyers off, so don’t be deterred if you want to make an offer prior to auction.

Further reading:

A behind the scenes look at an auction

What does auction price guide mean?

How do you make a pre auction offer?

Published:-   24 Sept 2009


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Good Deeds buyers tips are intended to be of a general nature. Please contact us for advice that is specific to your individual circumstances. You may also need to get advice from other professionals such as an accountant, mortgage broker, financial planner or solicitor.

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