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    Welcome to Durrants
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    Over 160 years of advising both buyers and sellers of property in the region has led to a firm able to offer an unrivalled service in the area.

    Auctioneering has always been at the centre of our company and we offer auction services for every sector of our business. Broadly speaking if it can be sold by auction we will sell it! Property auctions have always been a major part of this

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    Why Choose Durrants?

    Our experience and traditional values allow us to give you a hassle free experience from start to finish.

    From the outset we will give you realistic advice on whether the property is best sold by auction or an alternative method.

    As with all sectors of our business we aim to give you realistic and professional advice. We do not aim to waste your time or unnecessarily inflate your expectations with unrealistic guide prices. Our aim is to help you achieve a successful end result in the shortest possible time.

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    The Same Company from Appraisal to Completion
    We hold all auctions ourselves. This means that you will deal with the same member of staff from the initial free appraisal until the completion of the sale. We believe this approach benefits you by giving you expert knowledge of your local market combined with knowledge of all methods of sale
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    Local Auctions
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    Our vast experience shows that ultimately local property sells to local people. They are best placed to know the area and where to invest. For this reason all our auctions are locally based, be it at our dedicated Auction Rooms in Beccles or at a venue nearer the bulk of the properties entered in that auction.

    This approach doesn't limit our audience though. We also offer a telephone and proxy bidding service and we have sold property to national and international bidders.

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    Interested?

    This is only a brief summary of the service we offer. Further information is available via the more specific tabs at the side of this page. Or why not just give us a call?

    Either contact your local office situated in either Diss, Harleston, Halesworth, Sotuhwold and Beccles. Or contact our Property Auction Department based in Beccles. We are always happy to give free advice and no-obligation market appraisals.  

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Selling With Durrants
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    The First Step - No Obligation Market Appraisal
    All our appraisals are carried out by local experts from all our offices who have excellent knowledge of your market. At the initial appraisal we will give you advice on whether auction is really the right route of sale for you.
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    Realistic Advice
    At Durrants our aim is to give all our clients realistic advice. We realise that this may not always be what you want to hear but we feel that by being realistic we are more likely to achieve the successful result you ultimately want.
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    Guide Price
    This is important whatever the route of the sale, but even more so with auctions. In conjunction with yourself we aim to set a realistic guide price which will not only help generate interest in the property but also give a reasonable indication where we think the property will sell. The guide price is also important in terms of the reserve as this cannot be higher than the upper end of a guide range or more than 10% higher than a single figure guide.
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    Auction Timing
    We usually hold collective sales in the months of March, May, July, September and November. Our extensive experience has shown these to be highly successful times of year for selling property. We also find that this gives us enough time to properly market your property and prepare it for the auction between our sale dates. However we are always flexible to slightly adjusting these to suit our clients and also offer a special bespoke single property auction service for those properties that we think require it.
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    Marketing

    Once instructed we aim to provide an intensive marketing period prior to the auction of at least 5 weeks. This is important not only to give prospective purchasers time to find the property, view it, make the necessary requirements and arrange funding, but also to give your solicitor time to prepare the legal documents.

    During this marketing period your property will have 24/7 coverage on our own website, Rightmove and Zoopla. We are also a member of Rightmove's dedicated auction service. We also utilise more traditional advertising methods such as our extensive mailing list and advertisements in the regional and local press.

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    Reserve
    Nearing the sale date, having assessed all the interest received we will advise you on a realistic guide price which will hopefully allow the property to sell but also protect your interests. As mentioned previously this cannot be higher than the upper end of the guide range or 10% higher than a single figure guide.
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    The Sale Day
    On the sale day if bidding goes over the reserve figure the hammer will fall and this will symbolise an exchange of contracts. The purchaser will pay the deposit of 10% and 28 days later the purchase will complete. This clearly makes auction a swift and fairly hassle free process.
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Buying at Auction
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    We realise that the vast majority of people have never attended an auction or even contemplated buying something at one, especially something as expensive as property. We have therefore listed our top pointers below to hopefully guide you through the process. Most of these apply to most auctions, however some are Durrants' specific
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    Step One
    So you have seen a property you are interested in for sale by auction, what is the first step? Get the auction brochure. This will have all the information you should need regarding both the property and the auction conditions. Keep an eye out for subsequent revisions and amendments as details can change.  
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    Step Two
    Go and View it. Most properties will have block viewings at a variety of times. Some of these you can just turn up to, we prefer you book so that we know whether we need to attend and also we can advise our vendors of interest received. If accompanied viewing is not required still make sure the agent is aware of your interest so that the property is not sold prior to auction without you knowing. 
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    Step Three
    Consider a survey. A number of auction properties will require refurbishment and renovation. It may be wise to have an independent expert look at the property and advise you how much you may have to spend to bring it up to the condition you desire.
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    Step Four
    Arrange your funding. You will need to pay a deposit of 10% on the auction day and pay the balance 28 days later (this can sometimes be earlier, check the legal pack). If you don't do this you can be in breach of contract and potentially lose your deposit.
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    Step Five
    Obtain the legal pack. The majority of these are held online and are generally available 7 to 10 days prior to the auction. This should contain everything you need to make an informed purchase. If you don't feel happy looking at it then perhaps employ a solicitor to do this on your behalf.
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    Step Six
    Be wary of the additional fees. Most auction houses charge a buyers administration fee. This can vary widely and between percentages of the hammer price to fixed fees. At Durrants it is a simple £300 inclusive of VAT. You will also be expected to pay for the vendors search fees, this amount will normally be in the legal pack.  
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    Step Seven
    If you cant attend the auction but want to bid, speak to the auctioneer about possible solutions. We offer a proxy and telephone bidding service but this needs to be arrange at least 48 hours in advance with funds provided to us in case you are successful. Alternatively someone could come to bid on your behalf but they will need written authority to sign the sales paperwork on your behalf and be able to pay the deposit. 
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    Step Eight
    The sale day. Make sure you know where the auction is being held and arrive in good time. You may be required to register beforehand or not depending on the auction house. Any final addendums should be displayed in the auction house so make sure you are aware of these and ask any final questions should you have them. Once the sale starts make sure the auctioneer can see you and has received your bid. If you are successful you will then need to sign the sales paperwork and pay the deposit before finally celebrating that purchase!
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Not Just Auctions!
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    Although auctioneering is a major part of our business and covers all sectors be it our regular antique and specialist sales at our dedicated auction rooms in Beccles, our on-site dispersal sales or our online sales of just about anything and everything, Durrants offers a wide range of other services.
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    Residential Sales and Lettings

    With offices stretching along the Waveney Valley from Diss through to the coast at Southwold, Durrants are able to offer an unrivalled service to our clients in Norfolk and Suffolk.

    Each office is led by an skilled manager, supported by a team of experienced and regularly trained staff of negotiators and administrators.

    Perfectly complementing our property auction department is our dedicated Residential Sales and Lettings department. If our local experts believe your property would be better sold by another method they will be able to advise you of this and offer this service. Likewise if you have purchased an auction property, refurbished it and now wish to either sell or let it then we can assist you with this.

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    Commercial
    Durrants' expert Commercial department offer a range of tailor made services covering a wide range of commercial property. Our knowledge of local issues and strategic operations across the region enables us to provide advice with confidence.
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    Agricultural
    The roots of the firm stem from the agricultural community, and this remains true today. Our team has extensive knowledge and is able to give practical advice on a range of subjects. One of the strengths of Durrants is that we are also able to call on our colleagues to advise in specialist fields when required.
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    Facilities Management
    The Facilities Management Team offers a service to landlords who may have a range of property types from Country Estates to blocks of residential flats, moorings, or commercial property. Our specialists are able to tailor a service to your needs. All rents are manged within an RICS approved accounting package which offers you total accountability.
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    Project Management

    Our Building Consultancy Team is able to offer a wide range of services including, Architecture, Planning, Building Surveying, Project Management, Boundary Disputes, Designers Risk Assessments and more.

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    Holiday Lettings

    When we started in 1905 (as HA Adnams), visitors would rent a self catering property for up to 6 months. They would bring the whole family to Southwold to enjoy the sea air, together with butlers, maids, and any other staff!

    Times may have changed, but our commitment to maintaining the highest standards certainly hasn't. We want our guests to have the best holiday possible, be it on the coast (Kessingland down to Walberswick) or in the beautiful Suffolk (and Norfolk!) countryside and home owners to know that their properties are being managed expertly.

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    Our Property Auction Team

    All our property auctions are organised and run by Matthew Raven who is based in our Beccles office.

    However staff in every office are well experienced in selling property by auction and would be your first port of call. They would also be your main contact through to completion, answering any queries you may have, advising you of interest received and any feedback from potential purchasers to help you achieve a successful result.  

    We believe this structure gives the best possible service to our clients as it not only provides you with a professional experienced in your local area but also one that is experienced in the auction process.   

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    Matthew Raven BA (Hons) MSc MRICS

    A Qualified Chartered Surveyor, Matthew is the main coordinator of our Property Auctions and deals with collating entries from all our offices, producing the brochure, liaising with solicitors and purchasers and making the whole process as smooth as possible for our clients. Aside from Property Auctions Matthew is also involved in organising our online and onsite machinery sales as well as general agricultural matters and providing professional valuations for a number of purposes.  

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    Nicholas Rudge FRICS FAAV
    Also a qualified chartered surveyor, Nicholas is our lead property auctioneer with over 35 years experience and will more than likely be the man putting the hammer down and successfully selling your property. When not auctioneering Nicholas deals with general professional, agricultural and commercial matters.
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    10 New Market,
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    *Guide Price: An indication of a seller's minimum expectation at auction and given as a “Guide Price” or a range of “Guide Prices”. This is not necessarily the figure a property will sell for and is subject to change prior to the auction.

    Reserve Price: Each auction property will be subject to a “Reserve Price” below which the property cannot be sold at auction. Normally the “Reserve Price” will be set within the range of “Guide Prices” or no more than 10% above a single “Guide Price.”

    Auction Fees: The purchase of this property may include associated fees not listed here, as it is to be sold via auction. To find out more about the fees associated with this property please call Durrants, Auctions on 01502 712122.


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