Should you auction your house or real estate?

Have you thought about selling at an auction? It’s the most powerful way to quickly sell a lot of items painlessly. 


If you were to drive to the Alliance Ohio area you’d see real estate auctioned all the time. It is a very common way of quickly liquidating all kinds of things.

Farms, farm machinery, tractors, cars. You name it. There are places where auctioning is the standard way of quickly selling large and small investments. 

In Akron, we clearly see it happen less often. But it does happen.

There is a real estate auction happening here in Akron in a couple days.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Auction Starts: 5:30 PM – Real Estate: 5:30 PM
Gieck Family Trust
4-Bedroom Home With Garage
Sand Run Metro Park Area
Absolute auction, all sells to the highest bidder on location:
1761 Karg Dr., Akron, OH 44313

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It’s a really interesting process. You might go just to check it out. Anyone is welcome at an auction. You can always come to just check it out. You don’t have to register. You can just watch.

So, why would you consider putting your house or real estate up for auction?

A very common reason is probably what happened at this property. You can see it says: Gieck Family Trust.

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It’s likely that someone passed away and now the family needs to sell this house.

In this case, the legal structure is a little different than an estate auction. This property was already setup in a trust before the people who owned it died. 

Often you will see the words “Estate Auction.” If you come across those words then the auctioneer must, by law, list the county it is located in and the Probate Number. It would look like this auction:

This doesn’t really matter to people who are buying. But if you are selling you probably want to know this is how it all works. 

Even if you have a will you will still need a probate case number if you are having an estate auction. If there is a trust then there are no requirements for what needs to be listed in the advertisement.

So, we see a lot of families using auctions to quickly and efficiently sell their parents’ estate.

A lot of times the family is no longer located near the property. There are several siblings. One person has been put in charge of the estate. Getting to this point has often been difficult. There is no more efficient way of selling real estate and personal property than an auction.

I have gone into a house, organized everything and sold every last item in a house. And never once did I even talk to a family member. The entire process was handled between our auction firm and the attorneys. It’s all done in a single afternoon. 

I’ve worked with a family that moved to Key West and left a key in a lock box. We sold everything in the house and just sent them a check.

You can’t deny the ease of an auction. But the big question is: are you getting the most amount of money for every single item? 

The short answer is: You win some. You lose some.

Very often furniture sells for less than people expect it to. Dolls lost almost all their value after the Great Recession. Your fine china rarely is of much interest to anyone.

But cast iron pans are a big hit. People love guns, jugs, anything that’s unique. 

If there is something you would feel deeply sad about “giving away” then you should take it out of an auction. You might be surprised to find that others don’t have the same appreciation of the item as you do.

I will say, I often get people that come to me after trying to sell things in tag sales, eBay and Craig’s List. I often hear that these places aren’t what they used to be.

From my perspective, I believe people are pricing items too high. They are are living in a pre-2008 world. It’s simply not like it used to be. 

A standard sized ranch house of a person who recently passed away will typically have $1000-$1700 worth of stuff in it. This wouldn’t include cars or riding mowers or decent jewelry. That’s just what I’ve seen.

But what about real estate?

If you look at the Gieck Family Trust real estate auction you will notice that it says: “Absolute auction, all sells to the highest bidder.”

The key word here is: Absolute. This means that once the bidding starts then the house will sell to the highest bidder. The owner cannot withdraw the house once bidding has started. 

This is a Kiko auction. And that’s how they normally run their auctions.

So, if the house only gets to $30,000 then that’s what it goes for. More likely than not, Kiko would probably step in and buy the house if it is too low. It’s possible they discussed that with the owner. It’s perfectly legal for the auctioneer to bid on the house. But it is NOT legal for the owners or any representatives of the owners to bid on an absolute auction.

The other kind of auction is called a Reserve Auction. This is where auction law is a little tricky. If you see an ad that says: “Real Estate Auction” then by law it is a reserve auction.

That means that the property has a minimum price it must sell for. The owner can shut down the auction at any time. The owner can also bid on the property.

So, you could say: “I don’t want to sell the house for any less than $60,000.” If the bidding doesn’t get to that price then it won’t sell. 

I’ve seen auctioneers get close to the point at which the owner is willing to sell. They halt the bidding and then go talk to the owners. This sometimes happens by phone. 

Let’s say you were having a personal property auction, there is little reason why you wouldn’t also try to auction the real estate. If it doesn’t sell for the price you want then you just don’t accept any offers and then list the property like normal after the auction.

Why not try auctioning your home? As long as you have a reserve auction there is nothing to lose. But if you win then you just sold your real estate in one day. It’s a pretty powerful option.

I’m a licensed real estate agent. So, theoretically, I could do an auction for you where we sell all the personal property. We also try to auction the real estate at the same time. If it doesn’t bring what you want then we could list it after the auction. I can auction your property or list it. Whichever you prefer.

There is something else you should know about an auction. It creates a strong desire for your property. It’s like opening day of a movie. You build up all the anticipation with signs, pictures, videos and advertisements. You build the anticipation. And then people get one shot at the property. There is only one lucky winner. 

When you list a property you are basically saying, “Here’s my house. Stop by sometime and check it out if you want.” 

The longer it stays on the market the more you have to lower your price. That’s the only compelling tool you have. Just make your price lower and lower and lower.

With an auction all these people that are interested in your property get one shot at it. If they want it they better show up and start bidding.

We also require 10% down the day of the auction. So, your buyer isn’t going to walk away. They are going to buy your house or they’re going to lose a lot of money. That money would be yours.

And finally, why would you choose Rubber City Auctions?

It’s simple: You’re reading this article, aren’t you? 

My background is that of a digital marketer. I’ve run a digital marketing agency, SageRock, since 1999. The only thing I’m really good at is marketing. I guarantee people will know about your auction and they are going to want to come. 

Also, I guarantee we can beat Kiko’s price. We will either beat their price or we’ll give you a $20 Amazon Gift Card. 

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Have you thought about selling at an auction? It’s the most powerful way to quickly sell a lot of items painlessly. 


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