Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate)

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Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate
Tropical Beachside - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate 

Hi Fred, Give me a call before proceeding, just sent you an email with some info. Interesting question as I am wondering about tax certificates sold via online auction. I have never bid on tax certificates before so am debating whether or not to try it. Diana

May 27, 2021 12:28 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

I would leave that to a professional auctioneer

May 28, 2021 08:31 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have never done it myself, so I am glad that you have a lot of other great answers and I can learn from them as well.

May 28, 2021 05:18 AM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

I have bid early and increased as needed, if I really want the item I wait until the end and throw in my best (hopefully winning) bid.

May 27, 2021 06:14 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

A great discussion here.  I have only participated in online closed bids (not a real open auction). 

May 27, 2021 01:33 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

When a bid is entered the 'timer' gets extended by 5 mintues meaning one can not snipe on the last 5 seconds.
Most online autcions  do not disclose if there is a reserve or the value of the reserve. With a reserve in place a shill buyer is not needed. 
NEVER highest and best, unless of course the buyer has a plane to catch.
They are certainly fun and puts a new undwerstanding of FREE MARKET on the table.

May 27, 2021 12:52 PM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

I have never experienced having to bid on an auctioned home, but I don't really feel that there is a good strategy. There are just too many variables, including who you are bidding against, and what strategy they are using. I would just wait until you get towards the end and put in a bid higher than the last bid (if you can see what the other bids are). Have a dollar amount you won't go over, and continue to increase your price, if you get outbid, until you reach the breaking point.

May 27, 2021 12:45 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Just won a LIVE Auction. My advice was to remain quiet until the last minute and then fire back without hesitation until we either win or hit our upset price .

May 28, 2021 05:11 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Depends on what the buyer wants to do. Some may go in with their highest and best and others play the waiting game to formulate a bid. Not a fan of the auction but some like the method.

May 28, 2021 04:28 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I went to a Trustee auction and keep in mind everyone there did some homework. Before the bidding started between 3 people (me included), I stated I will not be outbid as we need this property to complete a project. They both tested me. They bid, I upped it. They bid I upped it. They got it was mine, accepted the fact and it was. As far as strategy goes, today, its like making an offer versus paying list price with one exception i.e. people are paying over listing as much as $25k plus no repairs, inspections or termites. If you want the property, do your math and confidently put forth your formula. In other words, go get it if you want it

May 27, 2021 01:20 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Interesting responses. I have never participated in these and enjoyed reading what others have to say.

May 27, 2021 01:12 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

I have done a few but not lately. I wait til the very end to throw in the bid & make it the best that they can do with a 'lucky number' add at the end. 

So like $450,777 or whatever the buyer picks.

May 27, 2021 12:35 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

#3378 helped to bid up the price by placing two bids. I prefer to swoop in at the end of the auction and take my chances - IF it's still at a good price!

May 28, 2021 11:24 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
NC Real Estate Transition & Relocation 919-602-848

If an auction, you can increase as you go along or at the end. If it is a resale or builder, you need to go in with highest and best.

May 28, 2021 07:32 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I see them every so often, and most of the time the reserve price is not met.  Thank you for this interesting discussion. A

May 28, 2021 06:47 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

OMG Fred I bought my first house at a live auction when I was still in college.  I waited to see what was happening and then raised my card and bought the home and won it.  Totally stupid thing to do at the time but I earned another degree in the process :) 

May 27, 2021 09:22 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I have had good results with in person auctions, online auctions on the other hand seem to for unreasonable prices.

May 27, 2021 08:34 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Make your hightest and best offer early. If someone bids higher, you have time to discuss it with your client.

May 27, 2021 12:47 PM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Hello Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate In my opinion to bid early and increase your bid as necessary.

May 27, 2021 12:46 PM
Susie Kay
Ultra Real Estate Dallas Fort Worth - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

I have tried a few times years ago but never won the bid.  My previous brokerage has its own auction department but it is a live auction.  Sellers who are not underwater can sell their homes in the auction as well but they usually have reserves.  I guess it gives buyers the impression that they are getting homes for a good price while actually many get caught up in a bidding war and end up paying more than they should.  

I hardly see any auction now but I'm sure they are still around.

May 29, 2021 06:23 AM
Greg Large
ERA Real Solutions - Grove City, OH
A Tradition of Trust

the current online software we use at my company and most of our competitors simulates a "live" auction... if bidding at "hammer time" the close extends by 5 minutes from the last bid until 5 minutes passes with no higher bids, so more difficult to "snipe".  I do not suggest bidding highest and best out of the gate, why pay more than you have to?  also the software has a "current bid" and "max bid",  which allows you to enter your highest and best amount and only increases by the amount necessary above a previous bid, does not automagically go to your stated max if somebid bids above your current bid. 

May 28, 2021 09:41 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

We rarely see auctions in Denver, so parked and reading.

May 28, 2021 09:04 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

In my real estate career, I've never made a dime from clients who wanted to bid through an auction.  The one time that I know the buyer was really serious about a property, he had the winning bid but, for some reason, he still didn't end up getting it. Supposedly it didn't reach the upset price, but that price was never shown anywhere that I could find.  That was it for me.  No longer interested in helping clients go this route. 

May 28, 2021 07:14 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

The strategy depends on the property's desirability to the buyer, I suppose. I've been involved in only 2 auctions, one was for storage units and the other residential. The former didn't pencil out at the reserve and it's sold a couple more times since - the property was not good. The latter was like freakin eBay with the last minute snipes . . . at a certain point we said let him have it, and it burned down a few months later. LOL 

May 28, 2021 09:13 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I have not taken part in any auction of any kind since the foreclosure days of 2008 to 2012. I worked with a few clients in on-line bidding an even was successful in one or two. Details are forgotten.

May 29, 2021 03:40 PM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

If they are not absolute with only in-person bidding I have NO interest wasting my time. Each auction brings various personalities to the table and then you'll be able to discern the most favorable attack for you.

May 29, 2021 06:55 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Any information that you might want re: auctions check out Ken Jones. He is the AR auction expert! 

May 28, 2021 10:16 PM
Jerrill Ewing
N & J Lake Properties, LLC - Eatonton, GA

avoid at all costs

May 29, 2021 03:02 PM