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How to Purchase A Kennewick Rental Property at Auction

A Man with a Gavel and Model HouseIn the same way as numerous Kennewick rental property investors, your quest for a better bargain may lead you to consider buying real estate at an auction. However, there are some things you should be aware of before your first auction. Buying income properties at auction is far riskier compared to buying them in other methods. Even though having great information and a strategy can help reduce some of that risk, real estate auctions will never be right for the faint-hearted – or risk-averse – investor. Those comfortable with some risk, keep reading to learn the fundamentals of effectively buying a rental home at auction.

Risks and Benefits

One of the primary things to know before buying an income property at auction is that both dangers and advantages are implied in the procedure. While houses sold at auction may appear to be priced below market value, many of them are in poor condition or have significant problems that would necessitate substantial repairs. You may not be able to inspect the property before you buy, so this is one risk that may be difficult to prevent. Other risks of buying at auction include the potential to overbid in the heat of the moment as well as possible delays after purchase as the property works its way through various entities, state or country redemption periods, and so on.

On the other hand, auctions are a great way to find bargains on rental real estate. When you purchase a property at a huge discount, that can greatly enhance not only your cash flows but the general return on your investment as well. One more advantage is the possibility to take possession of the property within a short time. In several cases, auctions can transfer the title on a property within 30 days, allowing you to begin preparations for your first tenant immediately. That implies your property could begin generating rental income a lot quicker than a traditional sale.

How It Works

The procedure of buying a property at an auction starts by finding real estate auctions. This can be achieved by searching online auction websites or databases or collaborating with a real estate agent specializing in auctions. When you track down a potential property, the next thing is to find out as much as you can about the property. Remember to do a detailed comparative market analysis and evaluate the property’s potential as a rental home. Ideally, walkthrough or arrange an inspection of the property. If that is not feasible (and usually it is not), you could drive by and peek in the windows. In your research, you must do your research. Inspect to see if there are any occupants, liens, or any potential issues that might prevent you from acquiring ownership.

To bid competitively at an auction, you need to have enough cash on hand as well as financing lined up before you start to bid. In most cases, to buy a property at auction, you will need at least 10% of the selling price for a deposit, the ability to pay the remaining balance immediately (or within a matter of days, frequently), and cash for administrative fees, survey costs, and insurance. Furthermore, there are different types of auctions, so make sure to completely review all of the auction rules and be ready to follow them.

What to Expect

Before you can bid in a real estate auction, you should register and submit a refundable deposit of 5% to 10% of the property’s expected selling price. If the auction is in person, intend to show up about an hour before the auction starts to register and get your official bidding card, which you will utilize when you bid. If the auction is online, you’ll log in to the auction website to make your bid. When the bidding starts, you will need to know exactly how much you can offer before the property is no longer a bargain. If you can keep away from a bidding war, the threat of paying too much will greatly decrease.

You will know within minutes whether you’ve won your auction or not. If you don’t win, you will get a refund of your deposit. Nonetheless, if you win, you will be required to pay for the property in full immediately after the sale. Other auctions expect you to bring cash or money order with you to finish your payment instantly. Others will give you until the following day, or maybe a few days, to present the required funds. Failure to do so will lead to losing the sale, forfeiting your deposit, and even being banned from participating in future auctions, so it’s imperative to complete payment as demanded. Then, even though you won the property at auction, you will still go through escrow and closing, just as you would when buying any other property.


Growing your investment portfolio – through auctions or any other means – can be a challenging but fulfilling endeavor. Real Property Management Tri-Cities offers free market rent evaluations, and we’re willing to give you advice on any potential properties you’re considering purchasing. You can contact us online or call at 509-572-5440.

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