15 April 2020

Could you buy (or sell) a house online? Here's how one Canberra firm is making it work

| Sharon Kelley
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CEO Rob Evans

CEO Rob Evans is breaking new ground offering the ALLBIDS platform for real estate auctions. Photo: Supplied.

Canberra auction house ALLBIDS is offering local real estate agents a local online auction platform to ensure auctions can proceed despite the current restrictions on gatherings of more than two people.

ALLBIDS was established in 2003 and has 17 years of experience in online auctions, during which time they have continued to refine and develop their website, ensuring both online security and a simple process with an intuitive user experience.

The platform attracts over 100,000 unique visitors a month and has the fourth-highest traffic of all Canberra-based websites.

Their member base of 150,000 is located all across Australia, and they have over 300 vendors selling on ALLBIDS every month. Items on their site include cars, antiques and collectibles, fine wines, children’s toys, computers, sporting memorabilia, charity auctions … in fact, just about anything you can think of.

Specialist auctions are held on a regular basis, whether collections from a single vendor, such as the recent ‘Old Graham’ auction, or collections of Coca-Cola promotional items.

And now they are offering Canberra real estate agents a reliable, stable and local platform to stage house auctions online.

“It makes sense for Canberra real estate agents to use a local Canberra auction house and run the auction online in the current restricted environment,” says ALLBIDS CEO Rob Evans.

“We have two listings to auction straight away with 16 Maurice Place, Garran, and 117 Louisa Lawson Crescent, Gilmore listed by Michael Potter Real Estate, to be the first on ALLBIDS,” he said.

“Agents simply upload the same marketing material as they would to an online property portal, photographs and links straight to the agent.”

“Whatever the marketing period the agent wants before the auction – generally three weeks – we are happy to let them have the listing on ALLBIDS, with most auctions likely to still take place on a Saturday morning.”

Allbids is branching out to include online real estate auctions

ALLBIDS is branching out to include online real estate auctions.

The auction process, says Rob, is controlled completely by the real estate agent. ALLBIDS will provide the technology and the platform to conduct the auction and will dedicate an auction portal for any property auctioned on the site. Agents will list the property on the site when the marketing campaign begins, and set the date for the auction.

Bidders can register for the auction through the ALLBIDS site, and agents will verify identification and suitability to bid. ALLBIDS only issues bidders with a unique code to use when bidding on the property after verification by the agent.

The site itself is simple to use, both for bidders and agents. CEO Rob Evans hopes that local real estate agents will choose to support local Canberra business, and use the local Canberra platform rather than interstate operators.

“Using ALLBIDS’ platform will cost around the same as hiring an auctioneer for an in-person auction,” he said. “It shouldn’t cost a fortune to use an existing online platform to sell your home.”

Why not take a look at the ALLBIDS site, and ask your agent if they are using ALLBIDS to auction your home? If you would like to talk to ALLBIDS about auctioning homes online for your vendors, call Rob Evans on 02 6239 2262 or email.

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