Buying From a Real Estate Auction

by : Joe Cline

Buying real estate is something that many people are just not knowledgeable about. They have never attempted it and have no idea what they need to do. The process can be very easy as long as you have some basic information and just so long as you are willing to follow a simple procedure. As such there are several real estate buying methods to choose from and one is surely to fit into the plans that you have made for homeownership.

The most common way to buy a home is through a realtor. This is where you have a real estate professional working for you to find the home that you want and to negotiate the sale. In most cases the realtor is going to work on a commission basis, in other words, they are not going to get paid unless you buy a home. The realtor is going to be with you every step of the way from finding the home to helping you secure the financing that you need.

The other form of real estate purchasing that many will do is the real estate auction. This is very similar to the idea of the standard auction but instead of possessions the home itself is being sold to the highest bidder. This is often a more complicated method for buying a home and the new home buyer must be very careful when attempting to purchase through the real estate auction to avoid critical mistakes.


The first thing that you have to be sure that is in place is the financing. You need to get a loan lined up before you even attend the real estate auction. This is a common practice and nearly any mortgage company will know how to handle it. For the most part you will see that the mortgage company will give you a set dollar amount that they are willing to loan to you based on the home's value. You then take that amount and set it as the maximum amount you bid on the auction.

Down Payment

Nearly every real estate auction is going to have similar payment terms that have to be followed. The most common being the down payment. You will need to have a cashiers check in place for a percentage of the final sale price before you can start the process of the final purchase. This is done by giving you a set period of time to pay the down payment. Most of the auction companies require that you make the down payment within two weeks of the auction closing.


Bidding is the most dangerous part of the entire process. When you are bidding on the home you have to note that you are bidding against other people. This can cause the price to rise very quickly. You should be very careful to not over bid. It is easy to get caught up in the moment and end up paying much more for the home then you can afford. Your bid is your contract so be careful when you are doing so.