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Top Tips for Buying Property at an Auction

A great way to get the home of your dreams is buying your property at auction. If you’re lucky, you may even score a great price for it. However, if you’re not experienced in buying a house at an auction, this may turn into a roller coaster ride of hell that you’ll just wish you never got on in the first place. This is where some handy tips for buying your property at auction come into place. If you do it without any experience backing you, not only do you risk losing a lot of money, but you may also have to deal with the fact that the house you had your eyes on may not be within your budget.

On the other hand, if you feel like investing in a home using an auction, you may want to arm yourself with some auctioning tips. Since the competition in Australia’s real estate is pretty hard, you won’t stand a chance if you don’t suit up, stand tall and do your research.

Here are some tips for buying your property at auction

Don’t bid before visiting the auction

Auctions aren’t always 100% sure and the ones holding the bidding will try as much as possible to make you see only what is nice and great about the house – while conveniently glossing over the negative sides.

So before bidding all confidently on an auction, make sure that you are completely aware of what you are trying to buy. Getting a home is as important as it is expensive, so you may want to find out all there is to know about the auction before placing your bid.

Ensure you visit the property prior to the auction
Buying your property at auction

Make sure you are prepared when buying your property at auction

Imagine finding the home of your dreams, bidding on the home and then realising you can’t actually buy the property. Heartbreaking. Don’t let this happen to you. Before you start attending auctions, make sure you have been pre-approved for a home loan. This immediately puts you in a better position, as you are more aware of your spending capabilities. At the same time, you want to make the process as seamless as possible.

Set your budget

Regardless of whether you have been pre-approved or not, you must ensure that you have set a budget. If you don’t want to go into personal financial bankruptcy, you may want to set a budget before confidently throwing your money at an auction. It would be very awkward if you realised at some point that you can’t afford to pay the bid. Therefore, establish the amount of money that you can borrow from the bank – or the sum of money that you already have in your possession.

Arrive early

When buying property, make sure you get to the auction nice and early. This will give you more time to assess the property. Look at the landscape, observe the competition(are they looking at the contract) and give yourself some time to calmly gather your thoughts.

Bid low and slow

Whilst there are many bidding strategies involved in buying a property, we would recommend that you start low and slow. Whilst a big bid can get things moving quickly, it may actually backfire in the long run. Big bids are uncontrollable. If the market is strong, those bids will come about anyway.  If you start bidding earlier on, and slower you are in more control of the situation. The first minute or so of bidding is typically the most nerve-racking. As such, keep the auction going to settle nerves.

Research the market

Make sure you do research on the current housing market
Make sure you do research on the current housing market

Before you attend an auction, make sure you are aware of the median house price in the location. Familiarise yourself with what has been sold in the area. Look at the size of the house, what’s nearby and how it will fit within your lifestyle.  There are many apps and websites such as realestate.com.au which have a whole database of information available at your disposal. Utilizing this information will put you in a better state to make a more informed bid.

Keep to yourself

When attending an auction, don’t spell your entire financial situation to a real estate agent. Keep information such as budget or willingness to pay to yourself.

Get professional help

You know the saying, “better safe than sorry.” A buyers agent can help you deal with the stress and jargon of purchasing a property. Of course, this may be costly, but it will potentially bag you the house of your dreams. Buying agents can bid on your behalf or assist you in understanding the auction process.

Stand confident

When you go to a job interview, you know that you need to dress properly in order to impress and act like you know exactly what you are doing – even though you may not. Well, if we were to take into consideration the top tips for buying a property at auctions, this also applies to a bid for a house. If you look confident and knowledgeable as you bid, this can actually work in your favour. Don’t be afraid to call out your bids loudly and with an ease of confidence. This will dictate that you are serious and not willing to back down.

This is how you can safely land the house of your dreams. Do you have any other tips for buying your property at auction? We’d like to hear your thoughts. Or if you want specific advice on borrowing money before you go on an auction, gat in touch.

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How a Bridging Loan can Help You Secure the Property of Your Dreams

A bridging loan is a temporary loan that is intended to ‘bridge the gap’ that could exist when a homeowner is still selling his house and when he is set to take another mortgage. In other words, when a homebuyer is purchasing a new home before completely selling his current house, the bridge loan can be a source of cash needed to pay the down payment of the new home purchase.

Bridging loans are supposed to use the buyer’s existing house as security. The facility can provide sufficient amount of money to fund the down payment, which is a requirement to buy and relocate to the new move-up home. There is doubt that a bridging loan can help you finally buy your dream house.

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Home owners have been making the most of rising property prices.  Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide all had significantly more properties up for auction than on the same weekend last year, with 1991 homes listed, which was up from 847 last year.

According to Australian Property Monitors, the total weekend auction revenue was up $208 million on the same time last year.

Auction clearance rates in Sydney reached 70.7% at the weekend, up 6.7 percentage points from the same weekend last year.  But Melbourne was by far the busiest city for auctions, with 1072 properties listed for auction, 75.5% of which were sold.

Australian Bridging Finance

If you are selling or have recently sold your property and are in need of a quick short term loan, you should consider bridging finance.  Bridging finance is a very popular way to receive funds and fast, while waiting for your property to settle. Bridging finance is commonly used to assist with the completion of purchasing a new home before settlement on an existing property takes place.

Bridging finance can also be used to access funds for your business, or simply to pay some bills.  Whatever the reason is, if you need a short term loan or cash advance, call us today.

We have our own in-house funding pool, which allows us to facilitate short term funds for a range of personal, business or investment needs. Our loans are hassle free, and approved quickly which sees our clients returning to us time and time again.

A short term loan through the Australian Lending Centre offers competitive interest rates, requires minimal financials and gets approved quickly.

To speak with a consultant today to learn how Bridging finance or a short term loan from the Australian Lending Centre could assist you call 1300 138 188 or simply fill out the enquiry form to your right.

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Banks Decline Homeowners from Bridging Finance

You may have found your dream home but have not yet managed to sell your existing property.  Without the proceeds from the sale of your current property, many people can find it difficult to buy the new property.  Bridging finance enables people in this situation to purchase a new property, whilst you await the sale of your existing and offers financial relief during this period. Unfortunately, banks sometimes decline bridging finance leaving you in a difficult situation.

According to industry experts, bank lenders are increasingly blocking homeowners from receiving bridging finance.  This strict position by the major banks is restricting the property market by delaying home purchases and forcing homeowners to sell their homes before they’re able to buy a new one.

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Some mortgage experts believe that the banks are claiming that bridging finance can produce bad debt – so basically it’s just not worth it for the banks to offer.  Effectively bridging finance becomes like a second mortgage on the first property and banks don’t like increasing the amount of money they lend, because in many cases they don’t have enough collateral to secure that extra money against.

Once upon a time when banks weren’t getting a good margin, they would have to lend as much as they could, now that they’re getting a much better margin, they’re less inclined to approve riskier loans. For this reason, banks are known to decline bridging finance.

Mortgage experts also believe the banks’ dislike to bridging finance may be due to the fact homes in certain areas are taking a lot longer to sell these days, which elevates the risk lenders assume when providing a bridging finance loan.

At the Australian Lending Centre we have access to a panel of non-bank lenders who offer bridging finance during the sale and purchase of property.  To speak with a loan consultant regarding bridging finance today, simply call 1300 138 188 or fill in an enquiry form to your right and a loan consultant will call you shortly.

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When is the Best Time to Sell?

Every year there’s hype and excitement around the ‘Spring Selling Season’. As September comes closer however, the cold hard facts are that the spring season doesn’t see the greatest level of sales activity, although it does record the greatest number of listings.

According to a recent report by RP Data, it is actually March that is the busiest month for house and unit sales. On average over the last 10 years, March has accounted for about 9.3% of all dwelling transactions on a national basis. The results have shown that despite the fact that March is the busiest month for sales, there is little fluctuation in sales activity – except within December and January when sales volumes fall away noticeably. Clearly, once everything starts to settle down after the Christmas – New Year period, attention turns back to the property market resulting in strong sales volumes during March.