Realizations After Attending My First 5 Property Auctions

propertyauctionsI’ve been to a number of property auctions and hear me when I say this. It’s not everything people say that it’s cut out to be. I’m saying this with a bittersweet tone. These intense real estate public sales characterized by an open cry competitive bidding gives you more than you’d expect and less of what you’d think it is. Confused? Allow me to expound.

Before participating in my first property auction, I had my own expectations some of which were proven true while others were just flat out myths or things I thought were true. After having attended my first 5, I’ve managed to amass realizations quite aplenty but since we don’t have all day, I’ll try to lay them down in brief.

Realization: There’s a lot of homework to be done.

One has to prepare for the auction ahead of time, in fact way earlier than its scheduled date. Allow me to enumerate. One has to run a background check on the auction house and the properties one wishes to acquire. Said assets need to be personally visited and examined by a chartered surveyor. There’s also the need to understand the terms and requirements as auctions tend to vary from one to the other. Of course, let’s not forget about financing. The list goes on really.

Realization: Winning sometimes means losing.

Just because you’re the highest bidder doesn’t mean you won. In many instances, yes we take home the prize. However, there are times when bidders get way ahead of themselves and acquire something they don’t really need, can’t afford or overpay for.

Realization: Keep your mouth shut.

When attending property auctions it is important to withhold information and avoid showing too keen interests. Why? Divulging one’s intent on a certain asset will not only raise the other buyers’ attention but it can also be used against you by the seller. Knowing how much you’ll want it, they can increase the starting bid.

Realization: Put your head above your heart.

This one is not new. A lot of buyers make the mistake of overbidding or acquiring assets they don’t need or can’t afford, as mentioned earlier. Property auctions are heightened and fast paced sales that create and generate so much buzz. They’re a thrill to be precise. But a smart investor knows when not to engage in a bidding war and how not to let emotions throw them off balance.

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Funding Options When Buying an Investment Property for Sale UK

investment property for sale ukWhen buying an investment property for sale UK, one of the first questions that pop in every investor’s head would be regarding funds. How am I going to finance this acquisition?

It’s a rather logical and practical query if you ask us. After all, accumulating enough cash to completely purchase any property often takes time both because it’s a rather huge sum and because pooling and/or arranging it requires it.

Knowing one’s options is just as crucial as choosing which medium to use. This is why we came up with a list of the most common and effective financing alternatives that can help you purchase that much coveted investment property for sale.

Choice #1: Bank Loans – As its name suggests, these are borrowings made to a bank to be repaid with interest on or before a fixed date in lump sum or in equal intervals. It is a long term credit that’s often massive in value which is why it often takes time to process and demands a strict number of requirements prior to approval and cash release.

Choice #2: Mortgage – Also known as asset-based lending, this is a loan secured by collateral which can include both corporate and personal assets. In other words, inability to repay the debt will constitute to a foreclosure of one’s assets. Like bank loans, the principal will have to be paid with interest often for five or more years until the entire credit is completed.

Choice #3: Receivables Finance – Particularly directed at businesses, this makes use of sales invoices o trade receivables to raise the needed financing. Here, the value of the invoice/s are advanced even before they mature or in other words prior to payment collection from one’s owing customer/s. The beauty of it is that it’s not a liability but rather an asset transaction and it can be arranged in as fast as 24 hours. However, the total cash pooled through receivables finance will ultimately depend on the invoices. This is why this option is mostly used to fund pre-purchase and post-acquisition costs instead of the investment property for sale’s price tag.

Choice #4: Bridging Loans – For immediate and short term liquidity needs in buying an investment property for sale, a bridge is your best bet. A type of short term interim finance, it is taken out while one’s bigger and permanent financing is still being processed, arranged or is yet to be available at a later date.

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