different land types at auction

Understanding Different Types of Land at Auction

Buying land can be a significant investment, whether for building a home, starting a farm, or for commercial development. Auctions are a popular way to buy land, offering opportunities to acquire property at potentially lower prices. Understanding the different types of land and how they function in an auction setting is crucial for making informed decisions.


Residential Land

This type of land is designated for housing development. It includes single-family homes, townhouses, and apartments. Residential land auctions can attract a wide range of bidders, from individuals looking to build their dream home to developers planning new housing projects. It’s essential to check zoning laws, access to utilities, and local housing market trends.


Agricultural Land

Used for farming and livestock, agricultural land is typically located in rural areas. Auctions for agricultural land often attract farmers and investors interested in agricultural production. Factors such as soil quality, water availability, and existing infrastructure (e.g., barns, irrigation systems) are critical to consider.


Commercial Land

This land is intended for business activities, including retail stores, office buildings, and industrial facilities. Commercial land auctions draw interest from business owners and developers. Important considerations include zoning regulations, location, accessibility, and the potential for business growth in the area.


Recreational Land

Recreational land is used for leisure activities such as hunting, fishing, camping, and off-roading. Buyers at these auctions are often individuals or organisations looking to develop recreational facilities or preserve natural habitats. Key factors include natural features, accessibility, and existing amenities.


Vacant Land

Vacant land is undeveloped and can be purposed for various uses depending on zoning laws and the buyer’s intentions. Auctions for vacant land offer a blank slate for buyers, but due diligence is essential. Understanding zoning restrictions, future development plans in the area, and environmental conditions can significantly impact the land’s potential use and value.


Land with Planning Permission

Land with planning permission has already been approved for specific development. It is often more attractive to buyers because it reduces the uncertainty and time associated with obtaining development approvals. This can lead to higher auction prices due to the perceived lower risk and faster project initiation.


Land without Planning Permission

Land without planning permission requires approval from local authorities before development can commence. Buying land without planning permission can be potentially more profitable due to its lower upfront cost. Lessened buyer competition can also translate to reduced upward pressure on land prices, further enhancing your profit potential


Buying land at auction can be an exciting and rewarding experience. Understanding the different types of land and how they work at auction will help you navigate the process more effectively, potentially securing a valuable piece of property at a competitive price. Whether you’re looking for a place to build your home, start a farm, or invest in land, being well-prepared will enhance your chances of making a successful bid.

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Bidding registration deposit

The bidding registration deposit is required in order to be approved for bidding. The amount is £2,400 per lot and is deducted from your deposit upon exchange, if you are the highest bidder. If you are not the highest bidder, the bidding registration deposit is refunded to you, in full.

Bidding online

Once you’ve been approved to bid, our registrations team will send your login details. On the day of the auction, click the ‘Live Auction’ button displayed on our homepage, login and start bidding. There will be a live video feed of our auctioneer and presenter, who’ll be talking through the lots, providing insightful tips and information.

Bidding by telephone

A Connect UK Auctions representative will call you prior and during the auction and place bids on your instruction. You will also be able to watch the live auction on our website via Connect Realtime®

Bidding by proxy

Here you will advise us of your maximum bid amount, and we’ll bid on your behalf up to this figure. We will always endeavour to secure the property for you, either at, or below your maximum bid amount, if possible. If another bidder exceeds your maximum bid amount, your proxy bid would end.