10 Myths of Real Estate Auctions – Myth 3

Myth 3 – I won’t get free and clear title on the property or the owner might take the property back from me after buying it.

This myth is based on the traditions of court house step type auctions, commonly referred to as sheriff’s auctions or tax lien sales. In this scenario the owner has a legal remedy to get their property back called a “redemption period.” Each State will have a different time frame for the redemption period.

Most auctions conducted by professional real estate auction companies are not these types of auctions, and redemption periods are not part of the terms and conditions.

In fact, most public real estate auctions conducted by a professional real estate auction company will include in the terms and conditions of the auction that the seller will guarantee title. Title work is performed in the same manner as a traditional transaction, and in most cases, the seller is responsible for the cost associated with the policy. (although this will vary from company to company)

It is always good to check the terms and conditions of the auction and make sure that you have a clear understanding of what the terms are, and how they will affect you as a buyer.


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