Buying at Auction

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Buying at Auction can be exciting, fun and profitable. Buying at an auctionOften items will be sold far below retail prices. If you do your research you will find auctions to be a great place to do your shopping. On-site Auctions are also a great place to network and meet new people. Often they are the big social event for the neighborhood they are located in.

Here are a few tips that be helpful for your next auction shopping spree.

Property Inspection

antique auctionThe personal property items or real estate to be sold at auction will most likely offer an public open house to allow potential buyers the opportunity to inspect the property. This is a very important step to you the potential buyer. Items sold at auction are sold "as is, where is" which means you are responsible for verifying the condition of the property. Neither the seller, nor the auctioneers will guarantee the condition of property sold at auction which means that responsibility falls squarely onto the buyer. You the buyer are responsible for inspecting the items you wish to bid on. These inspections should include working condition, pest inspections, structural, whole home, appraisal and anything else that might have a negative impact on your desire or ability to make the purchase. Further on day of sale, when you purchase an item, make sure to label the items or place them in an area you can keep an eye on. Once you are recorded as the buyer, you buy it whether you take it home or not. If an item comes up missing, you will still be liable for paying for that item.

Paying for Property Purchased at Auction

When purchasing an item or real estate at an auction, there is no contingency on financing. Personal property is due day of sale by nearly all auctioneers and must be paid before the property can be removed from the auction site. For real property, You will be required as the winning bidder to pay typically 10% to 20% down in earnest money deposit day of sale. That deposit is non-refundable and if your money is not in the bank or your loan is not 100% guaranteed to close, you will loose that deposit. If you close on the property, that money is credited to you toward the purchase. No risk to you so long as you do your homework before the auction.auction bidder numbers

Auction Day

You should arrive early to the auction site. Some auctions will have hundreds of attendees and registering to bid can take some time. You will be issued a bidder number which allows you to bid on any item you wish. This number is yours throughout the duration of the auction and any items charged to your number you will be responsible for paying for. 
Once you have purchase all items you wish to buy, you will need to proceed to the cashier where you will pay for your items before loading them. Remember to allow time for this process since often their may be a line to contend with.
Finally you will need to load and secure the bargains you have purchased and head on your merry way.

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Patrick Willis
Principal Broker, Auctioneer
Farm & Home Realty and Auction, Inc.
800-801-9945
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334 S. Main Street
Leitchfield, KY 42754
Phone: 270-259-3276
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Hardinsburg KY 40143
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Dear Mr. Willis, On behalf of Mrs. Jewell Mudd, and her family members, I would like to sincerely thank you and the whole Farm and Home Realty and Auction Team for the successful auction of Mrs. Mudd’s personal property and real estate on May 3rd, 2014. Your Team’s focused commitment, resourcefulness, and complete professionalism resulted in a very successful sale that will provide additional resources for Mrs. Mudd’s continued care for several years into the future. During the auction process, the F&H Team provided excellent advice, counsel, and consistently delivered exceptional service in our preparation for this complex sale of the real estate, home, and personal property. With four generations of the Mudd family having lived in the home, the task of preparation and sorting the belongings for sale were especially challenging. Your team members “pitched in” to close a large gap in our preparation process and thereby ensured all the property was ready for presentation and auction to the buyers. From our first business interchange, the F&H Team consistently built our confidence in your ability to manage this process and to complete a successful auction on behalf of our family. Please pass along our deepest gratitude and appreciation to John Glenn, Aaron Haycraft, Todd Akridge, James Johnson, Pamela Willis and all the other Professionals at F&H who directly contributed to this successful auction outcome. Kathlyn Mudd Thomas, May 10th, 2014
I want to give a big THANK YOU to Ashlie for being so professional and for selling our cabin at ironwood that was on the market for over two years and for selling our lake front lot. We had both listed with people out of Louisville and had no luck until we signed up with Ashlie. No need to go out of the county we have one of the best right here. Michelle Stevenson, Bee Springs KY
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