Exchange (for Traditional Online Auctions)
If the reserve is met or exceeded and the auction timer reaches zero, the successful bidder is legally obliged to purchase the property. To ensure that the successful bidder proceeds, the buyer is automatically charged a holding deposit, which is held in a secure client account, pursuant to the terms of a holding deposit agreement.
Exchange occurs online, immediately at the end of the timer and we will automatically generate a sale memorandum to evidence this exchange. Unless you specifically wish to sign the sale memorandum, your auctioneer will sign this on your behalf to evidence the sale.
Remember that if there is a successful bid, you will be legally obliged to sell the property for the full amount of the purchase price.
Reservation period begins (for Conditional Online Auctions)
If the reserve is met or exceeded and the auction timer reaches zero, an exclusivity period begins in relation to that property. The successful bidder is contractually required to exchange on the property on or before the expiry of 20 working days from the end of the auction. To ensure that the successful bidder proceeds, the buyer is automatically charged a reservation fee which is payable to your auctioneer/agent for conducting the auction and effecting the sale of the property. The auctioneer will be authorised to sign the reservation agreement on both your’s and the buyer’s behalf.
If, by your act, you fail to exchange on or before the expiry of 20 working days from the end of the auction, the reservation fee shall be fully refunded to the buyer and you may be liable to pay a fee to the auctioneer for services rendered as part of selling your property. You should check your terms and conditions before listing. If the buyer fails to exchange on or before the expiry of 20 working days from the end of the auction, they will forfeit the full amount of the holding deposit. You will be free to relist the property for sale online or sell the property to a third party.