The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a marked decline in traditional property viewings due to social distancing rules.
However, these conditions have allowed Online Property Auctions Scotland, a company specializing in digital property auctions, to thrive.
CEO George Douglas says: “Obviously it’s not been possible to attend live auctions during the pandemic, but we’ve found a very healthy number of regular ballroom auction patrons migrating to our online auctions during the lockdown.
“We don’t charge any fees whatsoever to those looking to sell their property in our auctions, and we offer a speed of sale that estate agents simply can’t manage at the current time.
“We’ve sold properties in all four corners of Scotland in the past year, and we’ve also grown the number of sellers looking to list with us.
“Interestingly many sales were completed with the aid of video viewings etc.”
The company has a wide range of properties, both residential and commercial, presented for sale through auction three times a month.
In recent weeks OPAS have sold several flats in Glasgow, a pub and restaurant portfolio in Cambuslang, along with other property in Paisley, Ayr, Airdrie and Kirkcaldy.
George Douglas adds: “Perhaps the most unusual sale recently was a former church building in rural Perthshire
“The new owners intend to convert it into a stunning family home. It is always refreshing to see people with a dream and vision which will breathe new life into a neglected building.”
Sellers include financial institutions, banks, insolvency practitioners, executory sales, large and small investors as well as private clients who seek a fast, guaranteed sale.
Prospective buyers are provided with a legal pack prepared by the vendor’s solicitor.
It is also always possible to view all of the properties and potential buyers are urged to carry out their own due diligence.
*This article first appeared on Novaloca on the 16th November 2020