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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Lawpack Publishing Ltd; 5th edition (1 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906971102
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906971106
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 1.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 173,803 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

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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.

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181 of 186 people found the following review helpful By kevin.holloway@talk21.com on 4 Feb 2002
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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 By Ms. K. E. Campbell on 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 By Jim on 19 May 2013
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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 By J. Carter on 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 By Dr. Pedro L. Moran-Raschio on 16 April 2007
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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 By malcrider on 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 By Curlygirl on 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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