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Vail home auctions create buzz but require attention to details
Sondra Slappey writes about Vail Real Estate, Beaver Creek Real Estate, and Vail Valley Real Estate in general, following trends, news, and information about Colorado real estate.

Vail home auctions create buzz but require attention to details

By Sondra Slappey

July 17, 2009 —  The latest craze in the real estate markets in the Vail area are for properties to go to auction. Suggesting an auction tends to create a buzz around a property as the word auction usually suggests that a property may be sold well under air market value. The term auction, according to wikipedia, reads as follows: "An auction is a process of buying and selling goods or services by offering them up for bid, taking bids, and then selling the item to the highest bidder." This is not necessarily true of all auctions but is true for an absolute auction.

Typically, real estate firms who want to move their listings and generate interest in properties will put together an auction which requires a reserve or minimum bid. So, the seller knows the downside going into the auction, and if their minimum price is not achieved, the home does not sell. In both types of auctions, prospective buyers are invited to come and tour the property before it goes to auction. Savvy and interested buyers will perform necessary due diligence, usually with the assistance of a qualified realtor, and make an informed decision as to their intent to bid. Buyers are required to be pre-qualified and must show up with a substantial amount of liquid funds to participate. At an absolute auction, like a foreclosure auction, the highest bidder wins, no matter how low the price.

So, next time you see an advertisement for an "auction." Pay attention and take notice as to whether or not this is a group of properties for sale with minimum bids or an absolute auction. For more information on local properties going to auction, call or email me.

Sondra Slappey is a real estate broker who writes about real estate in the Vail Valley for She can be reached at



Comment on article  2 Comments on "Vail home auctions create buzz but require attention to details"


Lic — July 18, 2009

Sellers-Leave this side of the business to the professionals in the real estate auction business. You wouldn't use a podiatrist to conduct your heart surgery would you? Unless these sellers are willing to take a 50% or more discount on their last asking price, none of these properties will sell. An absolute (no reserve) auction is the only hope these sellers have for getting true market value.


Lic — July 30, 2009

I heard these auctions with minimum bids by the traditional real estate brokers yielded 0 sales out of 7 homes offered. Again, if you want results, use a full-time professional real estate auction firm and conduct absolute auctions.



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