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RICS guide for investors, landlords and other users at auctions

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has launched what it calls an “impartial”guide for landlords, investors and others buying or selling property at auction.

The guide, produced by the RICS Real Estate Auction Group, has been updated in response to the significant growth seen in the property auction sector over the last few years, including the rise of online auction websites.

It highlights what both buyers and sellers should be aware of and what they should expect from their professional auctioneer.


For sellers, it provides advice on selecting an auction firm, understanding key terms of appointment, and the importance of accurate sales particulars and legal packs.

For buyers, the guide details the steps for preparing for an auction, the necessity of researching any information provided to you, and the importance of professional advice. 

It also emphasises the need for buyers to stay in close contact with the auction firm up until the property is offered.

RICS Head of Professional Practice, Paul Bagust, commented: “As the property market continues to evolve, auctions offer a transparent, secure, and swift process that benefits both buyers and sellers, particularly in a dynamic market environment. 

“RICS is the largest organisation for professionals working in land, property and construction globally and our members can advise you on a number of aspects of your transaction including valuation, home surveying, property management and investment as well as advising on how to achieve the best result from an auction.

“We hope this new guide will help to educate consumers on the benefits and possible risks of auctions and how to navigate them for the best result”.


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