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Methods of Sale - Maximising Efficiency and Effectiveness

Jul 07, 2023

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In this article we're going to delve into the exciting world of buying and selling, but don't worry, we're keeping it short and sweet. We're going to explore the differences between three common methods - auctions, private sales, and expressions of interest. So grab a comfy seat and let's get chatting!

First up, auctions! Picture this - a room filled with enthusiastic bidders, an auctioneer with a rapid-fire cadence (check out our newest auction video on our socials), and that unmistakable thrill in the air. Auctions are like a rollercoaster ride of emotions, where properties go to the highest bidder. It's an adrenaline-fueled battle to secure that prized possession. Whether it's a house, artwork, or even a briefly seen storage locker (have you seen storage wars?!), auctions offer a dynamic and fast-paced experience.

One key advantage of an auction is transparency. The bidding process is open for all to see, eliminating any doubts about fairness. Plus, the competitive nature can drive up prices, potentially leading to a higher sale value. However, auctions can also be nerve-wracking. If you're not a fan of public pressure or the intensity of bidding wars, you might want to explore other options, which we will discuss. 

Next, let's talk about private sales. Ah, the more laid-back alternative. Private sales are like a cosy fireside chat between the buyer and seller, without the crowd and excitement of an auction. This method typically involves direct negotiations and a more personal touch.

With private sales, buyers have the opportunity to negotiate prices, terms, and conditions directly with the seller. It's a more relaxed atmosphere where you can take your time to discuss and evaluate the property without feeling rushed. Plus, you may avoid the potential stress of competing against other buyers. However, it's important to note that private sales may lack the transparency of an auction, as negotiations happen behind closed doors. 

When the main demographic of potential buyers for a property requires certain conditions to make an offer, such as first home buyers who often need their offer to be subject to finance, the Private Sale method is often the best option. This allows for greater flexibility and accommodates the specific needs of these buyers, ensuring a higher likelihood of a successful sale.

Last but not least, we have expressions of interest. Think of it as a mix between an auction and a private sale. Expressions of interest involve potential buyers submitting their offers or proposals within a specified timeframe. The seller then reviews the submissions and decides which offer to accept.

This method allows buyers to make their best offer without the pressure of an auction. It also provides a level playing field for all interested parties. However, unlike private sales, you don't get the chance to negotiate directly with the seller. Instead, you must put your best foot forward in your initial submission.

So there you have it, a simple breakdown of the differences between auctions, private sales, and expressions of interest. Each method offers a unique experience, catering to different preferences and circumstances. Whether you're a thrill-seeker, a fan of one-on-one negotiations, or someone who enjoys a balanced approach, there's a method that suits you.

Remember, the agent will advise what works best for you and your specific buying or selling needs. So take your time, consider your options with the agent, and embark on your journey armed with the knowledge of these different approaches. Happy bidding, negotiating, or submitting offers, and may your transactions be smooth sailing!


Written by Jess Wilking