Auctions - Where Sold Happens


The benefits of selling your home by auction 

Auctions are the most straightforward way to buy and sell property. Buyers can take confidence from seeing other people trying to secure your home, while the vendor receives fair market value in the form of a cash and unconditional offer on their property giving them the security to make their next move.

The deadline timeframe of auctions creates a sense of urgency and focuses potential buyers. The transparent format of auctions also drives competition to obtain the best possible price for your home.

At Bayleys Auctions, you can be assured that all bids are entirely genuine, and that our auctions are conducted with total transparency and in compliance with the Real Estate institute of New Zealand's Code of Practice.

Our Auction team has a proven track record, and can provide crucial experience and negotiation skills to maximise value for all parties.

Auction FAQ:

What is a Real Estate Auction?
An Auction is a public sales process that allows people to make offers (known as bids) for a property. Auction proceedings are governed by law and REINZ Auction Code of Practice. There is a set time and date of sale and all terms and conditions are outlined in advance. The auction contract is unconditional and both buyer and seller are bound to the transaction.

How do I prepare myself for the Auction?
If required, organise finance from a lending authority or a bank.
Auctions are a straightforward process but it is strongly advised that you provide a copy of the auction contract to your solicitor for opinion. Always seek legal advice or opinion prior to building at auction. Also ensure you are able to provide the 10% deposit on the fall of the hammer. You may want to seek independent advice on the potential value of a property or make enquiries about recent renovation and/or building reports. Some buyers obtain inspection reports prior to bidding. Importantly try to atend as many auctions as you can. This gives you a feel as to how the process works and the type of bidding that can occure. It will also make you more comfortable when it comes to bidding on your dream home.

Do I need to Register? 
At our Bayleys auctions there is no formal need to register before bidding at an auction.  However you need to have received the "approved buyers guide" required under the Real Estate Agents Act 2008 prior to bidding and have acknowledged receipt in writing.
For more information about the Real Estate Agents Act 2008 visit

How do I bid at Auction?
You need to bid in order to buy. Only by bidding can you indicate your interest in the property. Once the auctioneer has announced the property is "to be sold", the highest bidder will be the winner. If the bidding, at the conclusion of the auction does not reach the vendor's reserve price, the property will then be "passed in" or "set aside". In this case, the transparentnature of the auction is lost and any party may be given the option to negotiate with the vendor. It is generally accepted that bidding confidentially gives a person the best chance of winning the auction. Go to the auction with a price in mind but allow a certain "flexibility" should it be required at the business end of proceedings. To bid, simply attract the attention of the auctioneer by raising your hand, calling out a figure, or nodding your head when you make eye contact with the auctioneer. The auctioneer is there to encourage and assist you in biddingand usualy nominates the incremental amount to be advanced. Feel free to ask the auctioneer or an agent should you have any questions abut the proceedings. 

What is a reserve price and how do I know the property is about to sell?
A reserve is a nominated price, under which, the vendor will not sell. The vendor sets the reserve price with the auctioneer and it is generally established using price feedback throughout the campaign. The reserve is not disclosed to the bidders. When bidding reaches the reserve, the property is then to be sold with the auctioneer clearly indicating this using phrases such as "it's on the market" or "we're selling now" or similar. 

What is vendor bidding?
The auctioneer has the discretionary right to place bids on behalf of the vendor. This may occur if you and other bidders choose not to bid. If required, vendor bidding, will only take place under a figure that the vendor is willing to accept. The auctioneer is the only person allowed to bid on behalf of the vendor and all vendor bids will be declared and announced as such. All Bayleys vendors haver given a written undertaking that they will not bid or have another party bid on their behalf at the auction. So you can participate with total confidence!

Can the property be sold prior?
If the property is marketed by auction and the advertisments contain the words "unless sold prior" or similar, then there is always the possibility that the vendor may sell earlier than the advertised auction date. Therefore to help protect your interest it is recommended that you inform the marketing agent who can then contact the vendor whether they wish to sell earlier than advertised. In such a situation you will be asked to submit your best offer on the auction contract, ensuring that the vendor has all of the offers on the same terms and conditions. An offer will be accepted, the contract signed and the property sold.  

What happens if the property doesnt sell?
If the highest bid offered to the vendor in the auction room is not accepted then the property will be "passed on" and the auction concluded. This will allow the vendor to consider any post auction offers which may or may not contain conditions. Normally the auctioneer will give the highest bidder the chance to negotiate for the property during the auction. This ensures that the buyers on the vendors terms are provided every opportunity to buy before the property is "passed in" and opened up to buyers on other terms.

What contract do I sign?
You will be signing an auction contract. You should always examine the contract prior to attending the auction. In addition, there will be copies on display prior to the commencement of the auction. All terms and conditions are outlined such as warrenties (if any) deposit, chattels, settlement date etc. All bidders will be required to have an approved guide under the Rea;l Estate Agent Act 2008. The purchaser must also sign an acknowledgement of receiving this prior to the auction. 


Useful Documentation and Links


REINZ Auction Code of Practice

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How to buy at Auction

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