- Freeport murder suspect Damon Dixson taken into custody in Rockford
- Local gas station employee arrested for selling liquor to minor
- Renewable Fuel Standard delay ‘a mixed blessing,’ Bustos says
- Rockford delegation presents inaugural ‘Rockford Award’ to Norwegian Air
- Education in Illinois making slow progress, according to report
- Illinois GOP Congressional delegation: Obama’s immigration plan undermines rule of law
- Suspect, 17, charged in Halloween hit-and-run in Roscoe
- Saint Anthony College of Nursing president to retire
- Man found guilty in deadly August 2013 crash at Mulford and Garrett Lane
- ‘The Price is Right Live!’ at Coronado March 1; tickets on sale Nov. 21
On Real Estate: Turning to the real estate auction to move property
By Jim Hagerty
Real estate auctions can allow homeowners better odds at selling property, especially in a soft market where traditional sales are slow. Commonly associated with estate liquidation and foreclosure, real estate auctions can attract more qualified buyers and and come with almost effortless closings.
Because homes placed up for auction are almost always sold “as-is,” sellers do not worry about contingencies such as deferred maintenance and seller contributions. Bidders are also commonly required to prove they have cash before placing bids. This allows auction transactions to proceed without financing hangups common in traditional real estate sales.
Mass marketing and bidder competition
Unlike traditional real estate sales, auctions, if marketed properly by a strong professional, can attract droves of potential buyers. Multiple bids in a short period of time often drive prices up much higher than offers associated with traditional sales, which can take weeks or longer to be reviewed by sellers. Sellers choosing an auction are often able to get top dollar for their property in spite of soft spots in their market.
When a home involving traditional sales and marketing techniques is sold, buyers and sellers are often required to work closely with appraisers, bank underwriters and real estate agents to satisfy lender and other requirements. While many issues are easily solved before closing, others cause closing dates to be rescheduled, and some sales fall apart. When a home sells at auction, buyers and sellers almost always know when to arrive at closing. Closings are also usually efficient, involving only an exchange of funds and the filing of a deed and title policy. Properties sold at auctions usually close no longer than 30 days after bidding ends.
From the Sept. 29-Oct. 5, 2010 issue