Absentee Bid
    A procedure which allows a bidder to participate in the bidding process without being physically present. A bidder submits an offer prior to the auction.

    Absolute Auction
    The property sells to the highest bidder regardless of price. There is no reserve price. This typically generates a much greater interest among potential buyers resulting in greater attendance at the auction, and a higher final sale price for the item being offered for sale.

    As Is
    Selling the property without warranties as to the condition and/or the fitness of the property for a particular use. Buyers are solely responsible for examining and judging the property for their own protection. Otherwise known as "As Is, Where Is" and "In Its Present Condition".

    Bid Increment
    The minimum dollar amount that the current bid increases in price after each new bid.

    Buyer's Premium
    An amount (usually a percentage) that is added to the winning bid (hammer price) to determine the contract selling price which the buyer pays for the property being sold. The use of the buyer’s premium is so effective because it benefits both the buyers and the sellers. Sellers benefit because it helps to defray many of the expenses associated with conducting an auction. The buyer benefits because without the use of this tool, there may not have been an auction. The open and competitive bidding process might not exist if the buyer’s premium were not used to offset some of the auction related expenses.

    Broker Participation
    An arrangement for third-party brokers to register potential bidders for properties being sold at auction for a commission paid by the owner of the property or the auction firm.

    When selling choice, the auctioneer is offering more than one item up for auction at a time. The winning bidder then has the choice to take one item or multiple items. If the bidder wishes to take more than one item, the bid price will be multiplied by the number of items the bidder chooses.

    Extended/Dynamic Bidding
    Auctions may extend the bidding time on any lot that gets a bid within a certain amount of time of its scheduled closing time. The auction will remain open for those lots until no bids are placed in the allotted amount of time. All lots not receiving a bid in the final minutes will close at the normal time. The auctioneer will determine the number of minutes necessary to activate dynamic bidding ahead of time.

    Force Bid/Jump Bid
    "Forced Bid/Jump Bid" is a bidding strategy by which a bidder increases the bid by more than the next accepted bid (placing your bid at $150 when the next accepted bid is $125). This practice is used by some bidders to discourage others from bidding in hopes of acquiring an item at a lower price. There are many theories on the effectiveness of this practice and a bidder who wishes to apply it does so at their own discretion. The auction company will not lower the price of an item that has been won by a "forced" bid with no other competing bids.

    Internet Only Auction
    A timed auction where bids can only be placed over the Internet by White-Knight Auction bidders. No live bidding is taking place at a physical location.

    Live Auction
    An auction that takes place at a designated place and time, where bidders can browse the auction lots and place their bids in person.

    A group of items or a single item that are sold together at auction. Lots are determined before the auction and only the auctioneer can divide a lot. Each lot in an auction is numbered.

    Maximum Bid
    The maximum amount you are willing to pay for a lot. The price will only increase by the minimum increment, but will automatically raise to your maximum bid as others bid up the lot over time.

    Multi - Parcel bidding system
    The Multi-Parcel or "Multi-Par" system is a bidding system that allows selling in a combination format. It allows bidders to bid on individual lots or a combination of lots (usually parcels of land) throughout the auction. This system was developed to consolidate multiple bidding combinations and provide interested buyers with the ability to configure their own combinations.

    Reserve Price
    The lowest price the seller is willing to sell the item. If the reserve price is not met at the auction, the item will not be sold.

    Simulcast Auction
    Live and online interactive bidding at the same time.

    Staggered Closing
    Auctions that begin to close and progress at a certain rate of lots instead of at one specific time. For example, an auction will close five lots every five minutes beginning at a certain time. This will be listed in the terms of the auction.

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