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Buying a property at auction

If you’ve ever been to an auction, you’ll no doubt know that it’s fiercely competitive and there can only be winners and losers.


According to Mortgage Choice’s Evolving Great Australian Dream whitepaper, 89.2% of prospective buyers believe auctions are stressful.

Unlike a private treaty sale, you’re directly competing against other buyers who are just as keen on the property as you are.

Losing out on a home you’ve fallen in love with can leave you feeling very disappointed and demotivated.

However, with preparation, you can ensure you have a much less stressful auction experience.

Know your limit

Chat to your local mortgage broker who can help you receive conditional pre-approval for a home loan. This is an indication from a lender that they are willing to lend to you and it will tell you exactly how much you’re able to borrow. Stick to this limit as you do not want to overextend yourself at an auction and then realise afterwards that you can’t afford the monthly repayments. When you have a limit in mind, you will also bid confidently and know when it is time to stop bidding.

Do your research

From the moment you start property hunting, you should be doing your research and arming yourself with knowledge of the local market. Find out what comparable properties have been selling for, attend multiple open for inspections, and have an understanding of how much stock is for sale. Start going to auctions to observe and get a feel for how it is conducted. You might even learn some useful bidding strategies from other buyers.

Have your ducks lined up

In addition to getting a pre-approval for a home loan, there are other elements you need to consider. At an auction, there is no cooling off period so you will be required to pay the deposit on the same day and there will be no opportunity to carry out pest and building inspections. Therefore, before you think about bidding, employ a conveyancer to look over the contract of sale and if necessary, have the necessary inspections carried out. You do not want to purchase a home only to realise it comes with major problems which can cost you dearly down the track. In addition, make sure your finances are in order on the day of the auction.

Keep your emotions in check

Buying a property is highly emotional, especially at auctions when everything is on the line. An auctioneer knows this very well and will try to spur you to throw in extra bids to secure a home. Resist the urge if you have already hit your limit. Remember to breathe and stay calm throughout the experience and accept that you may have to walk away empty handed. There will always be another property.

For help with taking out a home loan so you know exactly how much you can afford to pay for a property, speak to your local Mortgage Choice broker today.

To read more information on the home buying process, click here.

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