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Buying Bargains at Property Auctions [Paperback]

Howard Gooddie
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2 Jun 2003
Every week, hundreds of commercial and residential properties are sold at auction in Britain, often at bargain prices, with owner-occupiers accounting for a growing proportion of buyers. In this best-selling guide, author and property auctioneer Howard Gooddie spells out how straightforward the auction route can be and divulges the tips and practices of this relatively unknown world.
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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Lawpack Publishing Ltd; 2 edition (2 Jun 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904053378
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904053378
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 19.2 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 842,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This book provides a clear, step-by-step guide to what happens both before and after the auction. For anyone taking their first step in buying a property by auction, this is an excellent initial investment.' --The Letting Update Journal --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Property auctions were in Howard Gooddie's blood. He came from a family of auctioneers and was head of one of the country's leading auction houses. He brought the gavel down on literally thousands of lots. He was a member of the auctioneering skills panel of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and was a Master of Arts from Cambridge University with a Certificate of Proficiency in Estate Management. He also held a Diploma in Town Planning and was a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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181 of 186 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
An interesting guide which takes some of the mystery out of the world of property auctions.
Whether you are looking to buy a new home for yourself, or purchase property to develop/let, this book clearly illustrates the pros and cons of buying at auction. It assumes no previous knowledge of the subject and presents a clear step by step guide to what happens both before and after the auction.
The author is clearly well versed in the world of auctioneering. He does an excellent job of explaining the auction process and exposes tactics used by auctioneers and bidding strategies.
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71 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YOU MUST HAVE THIS BOOK 3 Sep 2003
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If you are considering, toying with the idea of buying at auction you MUST HAVE THIS BOOK IT IS THE ONLY ONE YOU NEED. The book covers all subjects in depth without blinding the reader with too much information, from how the auctioneer portrays himself at auction to the financial side to completing the sale.
I was only toying with the idea a few weeks ago and now am on my to making the dream come true!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK introduction to the basics 19 May 2013
By Jim
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This book gives a good overview of the basics, but can get a bit repetitive. It also needs updating for the fact that most auction catalogues, etc are published online so all the stuff about doing research using telephone directories, etc is a bit dated.

The chapter on financing is a bit weak and lacks the real detail that you will need on sources of finance, likely costs of specialist auction financing, feasibility of arranging a standard mortgage in time, etc, etc
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything You Need To Know 19 Aug 2009
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I read this book in one day and was SO pleased I'd read the other reviews and bought it immediately. There's no wasted space here - just lots of really useful information, written by someone who really knows what they're talking about.
After reading it, I'd feel pretty confident about buying at auction - he even explains the rather scary bidding process!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FIrst class book for investing in auctions. 16 April 2007
Format:Paperback
I found this book as a basic one for buying property in auctions. I found this is the basic for build a strategy and a business plan. No doubt you cannot start to invest in auctions without this book. One of the best so far I read, you can avoid gross mistakes and you can save thousands in auctions and avoiding pitfalls. One of the most interesting list is the list of auctioneers as well as the details of organizing a business plan before the auction, have ready the bank in your side, the valuation, the project and the survey, read it, it is fantastic, you cannot ask really more for the price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Basica Common Sense 11 Feb 2013
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If you don't have a clue about property auctions this might be a little bit useful. If you have some basic knowledge this is not going to help you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good beginners guide 22 Dec 2012
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Generally good although a bit repetitive. The anecdotes do seem a bit outdated and no dates given to help give context to buying and selling prices. Fundamentally a good beginners guide but in dire need of updating.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative
Good, informative read, providing great tips and useful steps to follow. Nicely written too. Makes the world of auction less scary!
Published 12 months ago by sharon Russell
4.0 out of 5 stars Buying Bargains at Property Auctions
Clear concise summary of the auction protocol & tactics to be observed. I liked the checklists and anecdotes. No nonsense guide.
Published 14 months ago by Richard Whitehead
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth Buying
This is certainly worth buying if you are a novice at Auctions and will avoid you making basic errors and looking a fool. Read more
Published 17 months ago by A.Sud
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant
A very useful book from the expert, Never having bought at auction interested to know the secrets are christmas present, very pleased with it
Published 19 months ago by Ian George Bance
5.0 out of 5 stars Buying a propert at auctiob
I wanted a book to lead me through the process of buying a property at Auction and this book fully met my expectations.
Published 20 months ago by Mr Peter G Thompson
3.0 out of 5 stars Avoid Kindle edition
I purchased the Kindle Edition of this book to read on iPAD. Many figures and examples were too low resolution to read, defeating the point of a lot of the main body commentary... Read more
Published on 1 Mar 2012 by wozinaname
5.0 out of 5 stars starting to buy property at auction
I had been thinking of buying a property at auction, in the hope of picking up a bargain. But my hopes will soon become reality, as the information in this book has given me the... Read more
Published on 19 Dec 2010 by pouncer
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