When not to compete for a property


Last weekend I saw an auction for a property on a busy road. I was astounded not only at the number of bidders prepared to compete for the property but at the crowd of onlookers that the auction attracted. This level of interest from actual buyers and sticky-beaks alike is completely symptomatic of the current strong property market. In a “normal” market or, god forbid, a down market, this auction would be lucky to attract more than one bidder let alone many spectators. During market down times in years gone by we have seen numerous auctions where the selling agent, the vendor, the auctioneer and if they were lucky, one buyer were in attendance.

So, why are people suddenly competing for property on busy roads? Some reasons include a lack of quality stock, fear of being priced out of the market and a general sense of panic amongst buyers. We are also seeing inflated prices being paid for unrenovated properties for the same reasons.

This property sold for $100K over what the agents were quoting. If you are going to compete for a property, make sure that it is a property that will also be desirable to buyers when the market returns to “normal”. Let’s face it, if you are going to pay a premium, you may as well ensure you pay it for a good property, not a bad one.

Published:- 18 February, 2010

Further reading:


When to bid aggressively at auction

What does auction price guide mean?


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