Why an online auction may be the best way to buy or sell a home in St Louis

Recently I wrote a lengthy article about various current issues that are likely to bring significant changes to the real estate industry. These changes will also affect the process of buying or selling a home for consumers. Although I may be in the minority within the industry, I strongly believe that most, if not all, of the changes will benefit both consumers and real estate professionals.

One of the first changes that may happen is the elimination of the requirement for sellers to pay the commission to the buyer’s agent in order to list their property in the REALTOR® MLS system. Although sellers can still choose to pay buyers’ agents, the process will become more transparent for all parties involved.

Nearly two years ago, our brokerage, MORE, REALTORS® created an online real estate auction site called HomeAuctionMLS.com to provide an alternative for buyers and sellers that addresses many of the issues raised in class-action lawsuits and the investigation by the Department of Justice. The auction platform was designed to offer a transparent and fair process for both parties while ensuring that they still have the option to be represented by real estate professionals. Moreover, sellers do not have to pay the buyer’s agent’s commission, and they can even use the auction platform without paying any commission at all.

What are the benefits of selling your home on HomeAuctionMLS.com?

  • Transparency: The auction process is transparent and open to all potential buyers, ensuring a fair market value for the property.
  • Competitive bidding: Auctions generate competition among buyers, often resulting in higher sale prices than traditional listings.
  • Control: The seller has more control over the sale process, including setting the reserve price and choosing the auction date.
  • Reduced holding costs: Since the sale process is typically faster, the seller can avoid paying holding costs such as property taxes, utilities, and maintenance fees for an extended period of time.
  • Convenience: Online auctions can be conducted from anywhere, allowing sellers to avoid the hassle of in-person showings and open houses.
  • Increased exposure: Online auctions can attract a wider audience of potential buyers from all over the country, increasing the chances of a successful sale.

What are the benefits of buying a home on HomeAuctionMLS.com?

  • Transparency is key in the auction process, as it ensures that all potential buyers have an equal opportunity to make a purchase. This means that you won’t lose out on a property simply because of the timing of your offer, or because you chose not to include a letter to the seller. Furthermore, the open and transparent nature of auctions ensures that you won’t be outbid by another purchaser who offers different terms than yours. Overall, the transparency of the auction process promotes fairness and equal access to all potential buyers.
  • You’re the one in control during an auction. Unlike in a traditional real estate transaction where the listing agent or seller has the final say on which buyer to accept or which escalation clause to activate, the decision to purchase the property is entirely up to you. You have the power to keep bidding if you want to, and you also have the power to remove yourself from the equation if the bidding gets to a point where you are no longer interested. Essentially, you are in control of the entire process and can make decisions based on your own preferences and priorities. By taking control of the situation, you can feel confident that you are making the best decision for yourself and your future.

If you would like to learn more about buying or selling a home, condo, or other property at auction, please don’t hesitate to contact us by clicking the button below. Additionally, you can find additional resources and information below to help you get started.

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