Ways to bid
There are many ways to ensure you can take part in an auction. Property auction bidding is simple and easy, so even if you aren’t available on the auction day, you don’t need to miss out on the property you are after.
We recommend you attend our auctions in person, if you are able to do so. You need to register to bid when you arrive and will be given a bidding number. You must have two forms of original identification as well as a method of paying your deposit, which can be a bankers draft or debit card. We do not accept cash, personal or business cheques.
If you’re unable to attend the auction you can complete a remote bidding form in advance of the auction, giving the auctioneer permission to bid on your behalf up to your maximum amount. They will bid in accordance with the bidding in the room, so you can still get the property for less than your top bid. Your proxy bid is confidential between yourself and the auctioneers, and will not be shared with the vendor or any bidders. Our remote bidding form must be returned by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or to our Birmingham office with your identification no less than 24 hours before the auction. This is to allow us time to process your request. You can keep up-to-date with the bidding by watching the auction live.
You must complete the remote bidding form and return it to our offices, with your identification, no less than 48 hours before the auction. One of our helpful team members will give you a call on the day of the auction and they will bid on your behalf, as per your instructions.
The remote bidding form can also be completed to request to bid by internet. It must be returned with your identification at least 48 hours prior to the auction. This gives us time to set up your account and provide you with your secure log in details to bid. You will be able to see the previous bids and place your bid accordingly.
On your behalf
If you’re unable to attend, you can ask someone you trust to bid on your behalf. They will need a signed letter of authorisation from you giving them permission to bid, two forms of original identification for you and two forms of identification for themselves. If for any reason you fail to complete, the bidder would be held liable to complete the purchase.
On behalf of a company
You can bid on behalf of a company if you are one of the directors or if you have a letter of authorisation from one of the directors. You will also need the original certificate of incorporation (if applicable), two forms of identification for a director of the business and two forms of personal identification for yourself.
Properties offered via our online auction can be found within the lots page or by performing a property search. They will be indicated by an ‘online auction’ flag. You must create an account and register your interest. We will undertake an Anti-Money Laundering (AML) check and take your debit card details for payment of the deposit and administration fee. If you are unsuccessful, no payment will be taken. Once approved, you can bid for the property.
(The AML check will leave a soft footprint on your credit report but it should not affect your credit rating).