Here at Connect UK Auctions, we put you first, which means once we have agreed a sale on your property or land, there is no chance of a fall through. With one dedicated point of contact, Connect UK Auctions will become your dependable pair of hands.
As specialists in our field, we’ve accomplished and are proud of our successful results, as well as long-term client relationships that we have developed over the years. We work for you, and will appoint you a dedicated property auction manager who will achieve the maximum price for your property or land in the shortest possible time.
Having graduated as a surveyor in the 90’s, I have been involved in setting up and managing several Estate and Investment agencies over the years. However, my aim as CEO and Managing Director is to make sure that all our clients have a great experience during their transaction and above all, feel that they are in safe hands.
I joined Connect UK back in 2008 and have worked my way up to becoming a commercial and residential director for the group. I very much believe that our industry is about having relationship with people rather than selling properties. My goal in life is to make sure we create the right environment for all our clients, whether buying or selling, to have a great experience and receive the value they so deserve.
It is fair to say, I have an absolute passion for property!! Graduating from Kingston upon Thames, University, with a degree in surveying, I have spent the last twenty years successfully selling every type of property imaginable. The auction avenue offers all sorts of gems, from old water towers, disused railway stations to your more straight forward private residence. With so much on offer its impossible to not be passionate about one’s work. I strive to provide every client with the same outstanding service and results, however big or small the lot.
I believe the right profession finds you rather than the other way round. Having over 30 years’ experience in all aspects of property and land sales, I joined Connect UK Auctions because they offer ‘my’ core values of integrity and great service. It is my aim is to make sure both buyers and sellers get value from my efforts and only then I can truly say, “I have done my best”.
I’ve always been a bit of an entrepreneur. As a child I raised pocket money washing cars and collecting rain water to sell to the neighbours for their gardening. I’m now known for my TV exposure with the likes of ‘Bargain Hunt’ and ‘Flog It,’ but growing recognition of my antique expertise served to convince me that was the time to set up my own business – and this was when Auctioneers and Valuers was born. Since then my business has gone from strength to strength but I was drawn to Connect UK Auctions as their ideas and motivation to offer Connect Realtime was admirable. Their auctions offer something no other can and I am excited to be a part of that.
When I joined Connect UK group back in 2015 as a junior marketing consultant, I have learned that conventional marketing method is no longer the way forward. Our strong digital marketing plans and strategic approaches have allowed Connect UK group to grow at such a rapid rate. Being part of the growth is extremely rewarding and working so closely with other departments allows us to stay in tune with the property market as a whole.
I’ve been involved in both the property and digital marketing for the past 15 years and have always had a passion for both. Working alongside senior staff at Connect UK group is the perfect fit. I am constantly exploring and evolving my knowledge of the industry with digital marketing and above all, it is great to be surrounded by like-minded team who all share the same passion for all things property.
I have always been intrigued by the property sector ever since my father introduced me to a property which he bought through an auction. Second that, with a regular viewing of Homes Under The Hammer in parallel with my weekday brunch, (prior to the beginning of full time employment), it would appear that I have found what some may say my ‘calling’. I’m not going to claim my first word was auction, alike Picasso and ‘pencil’, however working as an administrator for Connect UK Auctions is a real joy. It is my mission to make sure every seller and purchaser has a great experience dealing with me.
Having joined Connect UK group, I was assigned to work on creating videos and films for the properties on the market and the stories behind the scene. I’m pleased to say that since joining, I’ve managed to get involved in all aspects of Connect UK Group, using my creative skills to enhance and develop brand visibility. I look forward to the exciting times ahead
Growing up I was always surrounded by people who were dealing in property from a young age. My family were property developers, so my exposure to sweeping up and ‘playing builders’ was vast. Needless to say, my first job was within estate agency. Such was my appreciation for property it seemed the logical path to tread. The property path has created enormous opportunities for me to work in most areas of property development including land and sales, here in the UK and abroad.
Having joined Connect UK group back in 2013, I have come to appreciate the power of customer care and client’s satisfaction. The most satisfying part of my daily life is to manage hundreds of properties for clients whilst liaising with potential buyers. Each day is never the same and the diversity is something that keeps me motivated.
I joined Connect UK group in 2016 as a junior property consultant and have worked and studied my way up to property manager looking after all properties including commercial and property block management. I am at my happiest when I can help and advice buyers and sellers in securing the right outcome for them. I believe in having a friendly but professional approach to life which brings the best results for all.
Born and raised in South London, I have worked mainly as Office Administrator. Connect UK group takes a fresh approach to property in general and it’s great to be part of a team where ideas are heard. Your team is your family and I’ve definitely found the right team.
I started working in the mortgage industry back in 1996 having spent a ski season in the French Alps. After a few years learning the ropes for a mortgage underwriting company I decided to make the switch to become an advisor in 1999 and qualified shortly after that. In my time as a mortgage advisor I have helped 1000’s of clients buy a home either as first time or subsequent buyers and many of them come back to me for advice time and time again. I love helping turn clients dreams in to reality be it as homeowners, landlords or property developers and my honest approach to my clients sees many of them refer me to their friends and family which I see as a huge compliment.
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Yes – You have three options when it comes to bidding and each will require its own bidding process.
If you are joining us in the room, we can register you on the auction day, at the auction venue. Just ensure you bring along 2x proofs of ID and proof of funds. Please call us if you are unsure on what to bring.
You can choose from two options; bid via Connect Realtime© or via Proxy/Telephone. Both registrations are swift and straightforward and will ensure your ability to bid on your chosen lot.
By law we will require two proofs of ID – one photographic and the other proof of address less than three months old. Proof of funds will also be asked for at the time of registration. Without the above you will not be able to bid.
A buyer’s premium is payable on all property and land lots. This will be payable upon the fall of the gavel as contracts are exchanged. This will be paid at the same time as the deposit if you are the highest bidder on a lot, before leaving the auction venue. The amount payable will be specified in the lot description.
The Purchaser shall pay a deposit of 5% and buyer’s premium of 2.2% inclusive (with a minimum of £5,000.00) and contracts are exchanged. The purchaser is legally bound to buy and the vendor is legally bound to sell the Property/Lot.
Of course. Some clients like to arrange their mortgage valuation prior to auction day and others after. Either way, completion can be set at 42 days (6 weeks) from exchange, rather than the normal 28 days, or in fact, anywhere in between. As long as all parties are notified, your timeframe is paramount. Auction offers immense opportunity and allows one to buy, through some lenders, with only a 15% deposit.
Yes. Any offers made before the auction will always be put to the vendor. If you are really interested in a lot then of course a pre-auction offer is a good idea. Ensure you have thoroughly read the legal pack before offering and if the offer is accepted the sale will exchange before the auction and will proceed under the same, auction conditions.
Here you will advise a representative as to your maximum bid by completing our Proxy Bidding form and the auctioneer will bid on your behalf up to your maximum. They will always endeavour to secure the property for you, either at, or below your maximum bid if possible. If the bidding in the room exceeds your maximum, then you proxy bid would end.
Here you will be asked to complete a telephone bidding registration form. This will be based on a first-come, first-serve basis and a representative will bid on your instruction. You will be able to hear the auctioneer in the background and will also be able to watch the auction live in action through our live stream via Connect Realtime©. A representative will call you a few minutes before the specified lot so please ensure you are ready and waiting.
Connect Realtime© is our live streaming of the auction you will access via our website. Giving you the ability to bid from anywhere in the world, in real time. You will create an account with us, login, then register to bid on your chosen lot(s). Once registered, we will send over the necessary documentation for you to complete before approving your bidding. Once approved, come auction day, just login to your account and watch the auction unfold and bid on your chosen lot(s).
These viewings are scheduled in by our team and give you a chance to view the lot and fully inspect your potential purchase. You can choose to bring someone along with you, a builder, or someone who may have extensive property knowledge if you are unsure yourself. A team member will conduct the viewings so there will always be someone there if you have any questions while your there. If the viewing days have finished but there is still a lot of interested, the team will schedule a further viewing.
In the room
After the fall of the gavel you will be asked to sign the contracts. This will be sent to both your solicitor as well as the sellers’ solicitors.
After providing your solicitors and personal details you will be asked to pay the deposit and buyer’s premium on the specific lot. At this point you are legally bound and the amount will be payable by debit card or bank transfer.
Completion will usually take place 28 working days later (or as varied by the Special Conditions of Sale) under the supervision of your solicitor. As soon as the gavel falls, there is a binding contract of sale. The property is at your insurable risk from this point.
Via Connect Realtime, Proxy or Telephone
You will have already signed to say that you are happy for us to sign the memorandum of sale on your behalf to allow the exchange of contracts after the fall of the ‘virtual gavel.’
After this has been done one of our team will be in touch once the auction has finished to take payment of the lot deposit and buyers’ premium. Once this has been completed contracts will be sent to your solicitor as well as the sellers with completion usually to take place 28 working days later (or as varied by the Special Conditions of Sale) under the supervision of your solicitor.
As soon as the hammer falls there is a binding contract of sale. The property is at your insurable risk from this point.
There are a few reasons for this and the most obvious include the following:
This means that you have done everything you can, in terms of research, before committing to a property or land purchase. This may include viewing the property, commissioning a survey, asking a solicitor to review the legal pack etc.
We take debit card or bank transfers.
If you don’t exchange on the date set you will be given what’s called ‘Notice to Complete’ – This will last for 10 days and will incur a daily charge, of which the amount can be found in your contract. Failure to complete at all with result in a forfeit of your deposit as well as your buyer’s premium plus any shortfall once the property or land is re-auctioned and sold.
Auction finance is a service provided by specialist lenders to auction buyers. We have an in-house specialist who can provide advice and finance on the following:
A survey isn’t compulsory, but if you are unsure about the structure or condition of the property then you might wish to instruct a surveyor, an engineer, or a builder for some advice.
But remember, as soon as the gavel falls there is a binding contract of sale. The property is at your insurable risk from this point.
The bidding registration fee is required in order to be approved for bidding. The fee is £2,400 per lot and is deducted from your deposit upon exchange, if you are the highest bidder. If you are not the highest bidder, the bidding registration fee is refunded to you.
Here you will advise a representative as to your maximum bid, and the auctioneer will bid on your behalf up to your maximum. They will always endeavour to secure the property for you, either at, or below your maximum bid if possible. If the bidding in the room exceeds your maximum, then you proxy bid would end.