Selling Land

Sell your land at auction, achieve maximum price and complete in 28 days.

Whether you’re looking to sell development land, consented land, an agricultural/amenity site or have a unique plot that is struggling to sell on the open market, Connect UK Auctions can help. Selling through auction is becoming increasingly popular as a ‘go to’ method of sale. Why? Because the benefits outweigh that of the traditional sales route and selling at auction will maximise exposure for your land.

The following types of land are suitable for sale at auction:

  • Development Land
  • Land with Planning
  • Consented Land
  • Agricultural Land
  • Amenity Land

Sale price You’re looking for the best possible price in the shortest possible time, correct? Of course. Auctions offer maximum exposure for your land from a variety of sources who are looking for a quick and cash purchase.

No fall throughs or chains Have you ever experienced a fall through? If not, you’re in luck as over a third of all properties fall through, annually, at least once. Auctions eliminate this risk entirely. Not only this, but chains do not exist in the auction world. Win Win.

28 day completion Once the gavel falls, contracts are exchanged and are legally binding. Completion is then just around the corner, 28 days thereafter.

Price setting Your first question upon selling will be, how much is my land worth? Upon valuation, once you have instructed us on your sale, our auction valuer will guide you in setting a reserve and guide price for your land. Of course, this figure will depend on criteria such as the following:
The plot size Whether the plot has planning permission What’s on the land boundaries e.g. residential development, flood plains etc
Does the land have road access? Whether the land has utilities on site The valuer will talk you through your options and together we will work out the best route to take, in order to achieve a maximum sale.

In order to achieve the best price for your land will we ask you to liaise with your solicitor in producing all necessary documentation on the site which will form part of the legal pack. A legal pack is simply a collaboration of important documents of the land that is going to be sold and contains all the necessary and legal documentation such as the Title Deeds, Special Conditions of Sale, Land Registry Search, Leases and other pertinent documents.

Properties are marketed both locally and nationally to create the greatest amount of interest. Included in the marketing campaign is the following:

  • Regional newspaper advertising
  • National internet and website portal advertising inc Rightmove and EIG
  • An erected ‘Auction For Sale Board’
  • Personal property listing within the Connect UK Auctions brochure and website
  • Postings to Company social media accounts including FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Instagram
  • Individual property mailouts to thousands of active and ready-made buyers
  • Maximised exposure, with thousands of potential buyers logging in to watch the auction

A day of excitement for all (Judgement day). 

By this time all bidders have been fully vetted and registered, whether bidding in the room, on the telephone/proxy or Connect Realtime©. All marketing avenues have been exhausted and legal packs downloaded.

Your commercial premises will be featured in all of our auction catalogues and any final changes will be added to the addendum for the bidder’s perusal.

When the gavel falls to the highest bidder, a legally binding contract is formed and exchange will take place. The buyer will pay his/her deposit and any fees necessary and completion will take place 28 days thereafter, unless specified.

Why do people sell via auction?

Price

You are in full control at all times. From the reserve price to the guide price, we are here only to advise. Setting an attractive guide price instils the engagement of potential buyers. The competitive atmosphere and the variety of bidders from different sources will push up the price organically. If a property is suitable for auction - expect the sale price to reflect that.

Speed

Property Auctions are best known for selling with speed. On the fall of the gavel contracts are exchanged and completion usually 28 days after. By following our advice and pricing the property at an attractive level, you can be sure of a quick sale and sometimes even a pre-auction sale. This timescale is legal and binding. Clients are attracted to the promptness of a swift completion of a sale.

Security

Imagine a sale with no possible fall-throughs, gazumping or gazundering. Once the gavel falls the buyer and seller are legally bound to the sale and contracts are exchanged. Neither party can pull out. Not only this, this method of sale eliminates any long negotiation processes and seller chains. This gives you, as a seller, total security, full control and peace of mind that your sale is guaranteed.

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What our clients say about us

...I would thoroughly recommend Connect UK Auctions as the best most effective alternative to the conventional estate agents.
by Valery Stimpson
...My property achieved a very good price and completed in a matter of week. I would, most certainly recommend their services to anyone potentially looking to sell their property.
by Mr Richardson
...If I had known how much better it would be, I would have chosen Connect UK Auctions above an estate agent months ago.
by Jenny Turner
My wife and I were delighted with the service provided by Connect UK Auctions. Our house sold prior to the auction for an excellent price. Rob Jenkins was very professional and communicated well with all parties involved. A very smooth transaction.
by Rob Sellick
I have bought land and a residential property through Connect UK Auctions and even used their building team for renovation works. I must say I was always impressed with the help and support I received throughout my journey. Would definitely use them again and will be attending more of their auctions.
by Ross Slaughter
Easy to deal with and 100% professional easy and stress free.
by Sammy Vine
Exceptional service beginning to end. Would buy through you again! Thank you.
by Lisa Edwards
Excellent service outstanding staff.
by Kelly Simpson
Recently put in my property with Connect UK Auctions and they managed to sell it before the auction day!! Well above reserve. What a great guy. Happy client. Would use again. Thanks guys!
by Alex Brinklow
We have no hesitation in recommending Connect UK Auctions - their level of service and attentive service is second-to-none.
by Christian Budd
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              Buyer FAQs

              Do I need to register to bid?

              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.

              What if I want to bid but can’t make it on the day?

              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.

              What ID must I provide?

              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.

              What is a buyer’s premium?

              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.

              How much is the deposit?

              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.

              Can I buy with a mortgage?

              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.

              Can I make a pre-auction offer?

              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.

              What is a Proxy Bid?

              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.

              What is a Telephone Bid?

              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.

              What is Connect Realtime© Bidding?

              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).

              What is an open house viewing?

              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.

              What happens if I’m the highest bidder?

              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.

              What makes a property un-mortgageable?

              There are a few reasons for this and the most obvious include the following:

              • Properties without a kitchen or bathroom.
              • Properties with any kind of structural defect, damp, dry or wet rot.
              • Properties close to mining works, areas of landfill, areas of recent flooding or subsidence.
              • Leasehold properties with a short lease, typically less than 70 years, or a defective lease.
              • Where there are boundary disputes or where planning applications have not been applied for correctly.
              • Derelict property or where part of the building is in severe disrepair and needs demolishing.
              • Properties of non-standard construction. Standard construction has brick or stone walls with a roof made of slate or tile, so anything that differs from this will be classed as Non-Standard.
              • Some properties with sitting tenants or regulated tenancies.
              • All properties with a value below a threshold, sometimes stated as £40,000.
              What is Due Diligence?

              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.

              What payment methods do you accept?

              We take debit card or bank transfers.

              What happens if I cannot complete on a purchase?

              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.

              What is auction finance?

              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:

              • Short-term finance
              • Funding for residential, commercial and land purchases
              • Funding for non-standard construction
              • All income types considered
              • Up to 70% loan-to-value
              • Monthly interest rates from 0.55% (other fees and charges apply)
              Do I need to do a survey on the property I’m interested in?

              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.