Whether you are a property investor or just someone looking for a good deal on your first home you should consider placing a bid at house auctions for sale. You may however need to remember the old adage that if something is too good to be true, it probably is, when it comes to finding auctions to participate in.
Learn How to Place a Bid at Home Auctions
The first thing you need is a list of house auctions for sale. Be aware that limited data is provided at the auction and not all foreclosed properties even make it to the block. There will always be a list though of homes coming up for auction in the place you prefer. If you have created your shortlist of homes to buy, take the time to drive up to the property and check it out. You may fall into the trap of getting a really cheap home only to discover that it has severe structural damages.
Make a conscious decision to invest in time. Set a schedule for seeing all the homes on your list individually. Do not limit yourself to one property only as this one home may not even make it to the auction block, which leaves you with nothing. Spend time to talk to people in the neighborhood and ask about the property or its owners. Just general questions like how long has the home been standing, how many occupants are there and have there been any major repairs done on the property.
You should also seek out information on the value of similar homes in the neighborhood and set the maximum amount you are willing to bid for the property. On the other hand if you feel really good about the property, be prepared to exceed the limit that you have set for yourself but only to some extent. Auctions can get highly emotional and you may be carried away with all the bidding wars going on.
Finally, bring cash as all house auctions for sale require full payment in cash.