Welcome to Town & Country Property Auctions,
covering Sussex, Surrey and Kent
Town & Country Property Auctions (South East) are leaders in the sale of residential and commercial properties including development and agricultural land. We cover South East of England which includes East & West Sussex, Surrey and Kent. Our professional, motivated and personable approach ensures we maximise the interest in every property we represent.
We are proud of our successful results as well as long term client relationships we have developed over the years. We deliver a very high rate of sale success through our nationwide marketing as well as experienced, knowledgeable and motivated sales team who will work extremely hard to achieve maximum price for you.
Sell Your Property For Free
Selling at auction enables you to obtain a swift sale with no sale fee. Sounds too good to be true!
Here are the reasons why so many clients are now selling property utilising this method of sale.
High Profile Marketing
Properties are marketed both locally and nationally to create the greatest amount of interest. Included in the marketing campaign is regional newspaper advertising, national Internet and website portal advertising, an erected ‘Auction For Sale Board’ and property listing within the Town & Country Property Auction brochure and website.
No Fall Through
Once the hammer falls your buyer is legally committed to purchase and cannot change their mind without the penalty of losing their deposit.
Competition is good, gathering all potential purchasers together in the same place at the same time creates this, so you can be rest assured the price achieved is the best you could possibly obtain by private treaty.
No Sale Fee
We provide a unique approach using a method called a Buyer’s Premium. The purchaser is responsible to pay the Buyer’s Premium (commission) for the sale of the property.
A pre auction offer or the auction hammer falling on the designated lot commits the purchaser to complete the sale within 28 days unless agreed otherwise. This timescale is legal and binding. Clients are attracted to the promptness of a swift completion of a sale.
Once a pre auction offer is accepted or the hammer falls you have exchanged contracts at the agreed price so there is no re-negotiating to take survey findings into account and no gazundering. (A legal pack is required for all potential purchasers to review prior to committing to purchasing a property).
Property Types For Auction Sale
There are many different types of property that sell well at Auction, and if you have one that
falls into any of these categories you should consider the Auction route.
There are always entries by private home owners that needs to be sold in a competitive bidding environment. Market value prices have regularly been achieved by this route, resulting in an outcome that cannot be challenged by any unsuccessful bidder.
Properties For Improvement
Properties in need of updating make ideal Auction Lots. They are in great demand from refurbishment specialists and private buyers, keen to undertake a project for their own occupation or for resale. They also appeal to buy-to-let investors who carry out the improvements then retain the properties as part of a property portfolio.
Residential houses and flats with tenants in residence sell well at Auction. If the best buyer for your property is another landlord, and it usually will be, auction is the right route. We would encourage investers and landlords to bid competitively, you won’t need to serve notice on your tenants, and rental income continues to be received right up to legal completion.
Houses in multiple occupation and blocks of flats are regularly sold at auction as investments. Here it is the rent level that determines the sale price, just as much as the building itself. Sellers will benefit from the high marketing profile and competitive bidding arena offered by Town and Country Property Auctions, plus the certainty of a sale when the hammer comes down.
Derelict or disused farm buildings, empty commercial premises, buildings with potential for conversion or change of
use can all sell well at Auction. In some locations a change to residential use can significantly add to the value of a property, in other situations there may be space for additional dwellings or to substantially enlarge the property. Auction is regularly chosen as the effective channel for such disposals.
There is no better way of ensuring that a seller achieves the best price for a building plot or parcel of development land than to offer it for sale by Auction. Builders will be able to consult with architects and planners in readiness to bid up to their maximum in the Auction room. The trade is often surprised by the high prices achieved for land sales in the Auction room, which is great news for the sellers.
Mixed Use Properties
Properties that have twin uses or a variety of potential future uses are ideal for sale by Auction. Retail shops with accommodation above appeal to investors as well as owner-occupiers. Further conversion work can often be undertaken and the property tailored to suit the purchaser’s special requirements.
Retail shops, offices, industrial units, garage blocks and parking areas. An ever increasing number of commercial investments are being sold by Town & Country Property Auctions. It doesn’t matter whether they are vacant or tenanted, with lease renewal soon needed or with a long way to run. We have a large number of investor clients who will consider all types of commercial investment.
Amenity Land & Other Property
We have sold paddocks, meadows, fields, moorings, city amenity land and also other unusual land parcels. If its property or land that is surplus to requirements, the likelihood is that we could find a buyer at Auction. If it has a value, and is worth marketing, it is worth considering selling by Auction.
Some of the common questions you may like answers for
whilst considering selling your property in an auction.
Three reasons: Maximum price, speed and security.
Will I get full price for my property?
Yes. Selling at auction always means you will get the true value of any property. Yes the buyer is paying your fees but that does NOT mean you will get less for your property, you are simply saving a sales fee.
What properties are sold at auction?
Everything and anything. We have sold terraced, bungalows, unique properties, family detached houses, penthouse apartments, commercial units, businesses, new build properties and plots on behalf of builders.
Can I control the selling price?
Yes, you have complete control when setting the reserve price.
Who buys at auction?
Everyone and anyone can, especially with our innovative ‘Conditional Auction.’ This has been devised to aim specifically at the residential buyers who may require a mortgage, so we do not aim solely for cash buyers. We do not exclude any buyer who is in a proceedable position.
Is the buyer committed to buy?
Yes. Once the bid is accepted, a deposit is taken.
What's the probability of selling?
You can NEVER under sell at auction. The trick is setting an aggressive start bid to generate multiple viewings over a set time span. Then, at auction, purchasers bid against each other either in person by proxy, phone, or internet.
Why do people sell at auction?
Because of job relocation, emigration, matrimonial issues, death, outgrown the house, or simple frustration with the open market. Selling at auction maximises your price and offers speed and security. Anyone and everyone can sell at auction.
Who are your clients?
Anyone who wants to reach the largest audience in the shortest time to achieve the best price. Vacant property rates make commercial property a significant source of business now.
How is price determined?
By agreement with the seller, a reserve is set which can be altered only with the seller’s consent.
How do you arrange viewings?
We will make arrangements with local agents for access if necessary or conduct open days and viewings ourselves, as every property and vendor is different and should be treated as such.
How will you advertise my property?
In the weeks approaching the auction we advertise weekly in regional newspapers and property supplements. Each property will also enjoy maximum exposure being displayed on Internet websites 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. The Internet also offers potential buyers the opportunity to print colour brochures or to contact the office direct to organise viewings or arrange details to be sent out in the post.
All websites are updated on a daily basis:
How much will it cost to sell?
Here at Town & Country we provide a unique approach to selling at auction. Using a method called Buyer’s Premium in most cases our commission is paid by the purchaser. We will tailor our packages to suit your needs. This will be discussed with you at our appraisal by one of our qualified representatives.
What is the Buyer’s Premium?
All buyers’ premium properties are clearly indicated throughout the catalogue with the commission being paid by the buyer.
OPTION 1 (Buyer’s Premium Option) NO ENTRY FEE No commission payable by seller
OPTION 2 NO ENTRY FEE Commission payable by seller upon completion of sale
In both cases a legal pack will be needed which Town & Country can arrange with recommended solicitors.
Is there a cooling-off period?
No – when you sign the agreement you agree to us marketing the property straight away.
How do I proceed?
Easy – Simply call your nearest Town & Country Office.