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Selling your home private instead of selling by auction.

Selling your home privately using an Estate Agent versus selling it at auction in the United Kingdom each has its own set of benefits depending on your priorities and circumstances. Here are some potential benefits of selling privately:

  1. Control over the Sale: When selling privately, you have more control over the process. You can set the price, negotiate directly with potential buyers, and choose the terms of the sale.
  1. Lower Costs: Private sales typically involve lower costs compared to auctions. You may avoid auctioneer fees and other expenses associated with the auction process.
  1. Flexible Timelines: Private sales allow for more flexibility in terms of timing. You can decide when to list your property and when to close the sale based on your preferences and market conditions.
  1. Less Stress: Some sellers find private sales less stressful than auctions. With a private sale, there’s no pressure of a fixed deadline or the uncertainty of bidding.
  1. Privacy: Selling privately can maintain your privacy as the details of the sale are not made public as they would be in an auction.
  1. Potential for Higher Selling Price: While auctions can create competition among buyers and potentially result in higher selling prices, private sales can also achieve competitive offers, especially if you have multiple interested buyers.

However, it’s essential to consider the potential downsides of selling privately as well. These may include:

  1. **Longer Time to Sell**: Private sales may take longer to complete compared to auctions, as finding the right buyer can sometimes be a more drawn-out process.
  1. Limited Exposure: Without the publicity of an auction, your property may not attract as many potential buyers, potentially leading to a slower sale or lower offers.
  1. Negotiation Challenges: Negotiating directly with buyers can be challenging, especially if you’re not experienced in real estate transactions. You may need to rely on a real estate agent or solicitor for guidance.
  1. Market Fluctuations: In a fluctuating market, pricing your property accurately for a private sale can be tricky. You may risk overpricing and deterring potential buyers or underpricing and selling for less than your property’s worth.
  1. No Guaranteed Sale: Unlike auctions, where the highest bid secures the sale, private sales are not guaranteed. A buyer may back out before the transaction is completed, leaving you back at square one.

Ultimately, the decision to sell your home privately or via auction depends on your individual circumstances, preferences, and the current market conditions. It’s advisable to weigh the pros and cons carefully and, if needed, seek advice from real estate professionals to make an informed decision.

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Here at the CoastnCountry Estate Agents covering Lancaster, Morecambe Bay, and South Lakes property sales, we know what it takes to find that perfect Home, and we are happy to advise on any investment aspect. Want to find out more? Please contact Sarah at or call 01524 389814.