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From initial strategy & planning, through property preparation, staging, marketing, clean out, personalty disposition to closing and post-sale planning & consultation. We are with you every step of the way.


Case Studies 

Case #1 Commercial Real Estate

Property Details:

  • Estate Owned.
  • 1700’s stone farmhouse structure. Multi Use Zoning within a commercial use overlay with a historical designation.
  • Formerly a bar restaurant with dwelling above, on 1 ¼ acres.
  • Highly visible moderately high traffic suburban community location.

Property had not been on the market in over 80 years and had not been listed prior to the auction marketing.


  • Closed in excess of 15 years.
  • Building obsolete and in very poor repair.

Special circumstance: Owners also had a full retail liquor license that was in escrow with the State of PA. The limit of the escrow period was near. Time was of the essence.
Such a license is moblie and is considered personal property.

Pre sale services required: 

  • Review and evaluation of all contents of building, garage and grounds. 
  • Removal and delivery of items executrix wished to retain and placing other saleable items in appropriate sale venues.
  • Retain and oversee clean out labor removing 11 tons of refuse, removing varmints and striping building down to bare wood floors, washed, deodorized, and secured.
  • Police grounds removing abandoned car and a large steel oil storage tank.
  • Complete legal review of all pertinent ordinances, required permits and LCB requirements.

Strategy:  Due to the multi use zoning and severability of the LCB license, engage as diverse of a bidder profile as possible by offering the property in a three stage bidding format that would allow bidders to bid:
A. on the real estate alone
B. the LCB license alone, followed by
C. the two combined with bidding opening at 5% above the achieved total. 


  • Twin 8’ X 4’ full color signage with large banner on front of building 45 days prior.
  • Direct mail targeted to retail/office property investors and developers as well as private and corporate restaurant/bar operators 45 days out from day of sale. 
  • Moderate regional newspaper display ads running alternatively through local and regionsal market 30 days out.  
  • Large Google ad-word campaign 45 days out. 
  • An extensive Bidder’s Information Package including all disclosures, ordinances LCB forms, photography, including aerial, with demographics and highway statistics.

Public Relations:  Having received so much interest during the early phase of property preparation, we engaged a local public relations consultant to get the story out.  Why had this property sat for over 15 years? Our PR agent produced multiple newspapers spots that resulted in letters to the editor- a radio interview 5 days prior to the event and TV coverage day of sale. PR makes people talk - and talk increases the perception of value of the property.

Terms: $10,000 deposit to bid increased to $25,000 for the LCB license, $100,000 for the real estate and $125,000 if combined, certified funds, check with bank letter of credit or electronically.  30 day closing. 10% Buyer’s Premium,  reserve by seller’s acceptance. No contingencies.  

Type of auction: Live on site with real time internet bidding and voice only webcasting. All interest was live.
Outcome:  Due to the strong local interest, a few antique bar items were held out for a mini memorabilia auction to warm up the event. That, and the PR produced a truly stunning turn out.  We received strong pre-auction opening bids on both the real property and the LCB license that were not advanced. 

Once combined bidding was opened, seller’s acceptance was quickly received and surpassed by another 12%. Placing that bid on hold, we asked if there were any interest in reopening the bidding on the real estate alone in excess of the combined bid and receiving none, announced it sold in combination to a local restaurant owner represented by a Realtor, looking to expand his portfolio of restaurants for a price realized of $1,110,00.00     

Case #2 Vintage Auto Collection

  • Living Estate supervised by Administrator.
  • Personal Property including multiple antique autos, related memorabilia, accessories, vintage juke boxes & arcade games. Autos included but were not limited to a 1948 Mk IV Jaguar Saloon, a 1934 Pierce Arrow 1240A V -12 Sedan, a 1956 MK VII Jaguar Sedan and a 1931 Model A 'Special Deluxe' Roadster.
  • A vast collection of antique radios, radio tubes, parts, Victrolas & Gramophones and a large variety of collectibles.
  • 14 rooms of antique furnishings, pianos, carpets and decorative arts.

Property Condition: Varied. Autos hadn't been run in a number of years. At a relatively small expense to the seller, all autos were inspected by a local mechanic familiar with the collection who specialized in vintage autos and all but one was quickly rendered to running condition. This preperation made a bankable differance in value
on sale day.

Strategy: Overcome tight conditions due to the crowded nature and poor condition of the buildings while exposing the merchandise to the maximum number of bidders. Moving all this merchandise would have been cost prohibitive and detrimental to the sellers. This required multiple auctions and a variety of auction processes.
3 categories were defined:
1. Vintage Radio Collection
2. Autos, Automotive Collectibles & Vintage Arcade
3. Antiques, Collectibles, Decorative arts and Furnishings.

Marketing: Each auction received a variety of special attention and included:

  • Specialized list direct mail
  • E-mail blasts to specific collector groups
  • Special interest advertising publications
  • Google ad-word
  • Local publication display ads

    Type of Auction (s):
    Auction #1, Vintage Radios. On line only timed.
    This best suited the collector nature of these bidders. 250 + lots offered including 1,500+ vacuum tubes.

    Auction #2 Classic Autos & Arcade. Live /On Line hybrid.
    Combining live bidders on site with those on line relayed via cell phone to associate auctioneer as there was no hard wire internet access at the site.

    Auction #3, Antiques, Collectibles & Furnishing.
    Live, Real Time, On line only bidding.
    No live bidders. Due to the large amount of merchandise, this was a 2 day, 2 session offering of 350 +/- lots a day.

    Terms: 15% buyer's premium, no reserves, as is , where is, buyers responsible for removal of merchandise.

    Outcome: In excess of $300,000 realized, with only a minimum of expense in preparing the merchandise for market. Sold to bidders over 14 States!
    ALL merchandise was sold DIRECTLY from the premises without a great deal of exposure to the sellers, excess traffic or disruption to the small community. Price realized for the Model A Roadster was that year's record price for such a vehicle.
  At the time of this offering, selling directly from the premises via on line bidding was unheard of. Bounds Auctions was one of the
pioneers of this approach.

Case #3 Residential Real Estate

Property Details:

  • Private Seller
  • Suburban Southern New Jersey
  • Single family home, 4 bedroom, 2 ½ bath .41 wooded acre, cull du sac.

Property Condition:

  • Good
  • All mechanicals recent, all appliances included.
  • Sited near Patco rail line to Phila or Atlantic City w/connections to NYC
  • Property was move in ready 
  • Property had been listed for an extended period with a local, national franchised Realtor generating little interest resulting in repeated retracted offers and contingency demands.

Owner had already purchased another property He had a strong equity position and as a professional financial analyst, was well aware of his cost to carry the property.
Time was of the essence.  

Remove all contigencies
Attract new interest and alternative bids


  • 1st class posted sign on property, extensive bandit signage.
  •  E-mail blasts to area Realtors and to “opted in list of investors
  • Newsprint ads limited to local “free” merchandisers
  •  Extensive Google ad-word campaign
  •  Listing on multiple auction listing sites both regional and national
  •  3 Pre - scheduled open houses and a complete Bidder’s Information Package available online

Type of auction: Onsite live with live internet bidding available and voice only webcast.  

Terms: 10% buyer’s premium, confidential reserve with a $225,000 opening bid,
10% high bidder deposit. No contingencies.

Outcome:   Marketing produced new interest , great turnout at open houses and enough registered bidders to produce good bidding that achieved $345,000.00 from a cash buyer who would close within a week.  

Case #4 Multi Family/Investment Property

Property Details:

  • Urban multi family
  • Twenty two units: Studio, 1 , 2 & 3 bedroom - 2 bath
  • 90% occupied w2/ a strong occupany history, under professional management 

Property condition:

  • While a rather unattractive building on the exterior, apts were in reasonably good repair, no required repair issues
  • Sufficient off street parking, stable neighborhood on a block of primarily single family row homes in good repair.
  • LLC Owner. One partner had serious health issues and simply wanted to cash out. Time was of the essense.
  • Property had not been offered to the market in over 10 years and had been listed a very short time prior to the auction marketing producing no serious offers.
  • The community’s market at that time was weakening, coming off a recent high, with a growing inventory both in rental and single family row homes.

1. Engage regional investors
2. Qualify them with a strong deposit requirement
3. Further insure a closing by removing any contigencies
4. Sell to the highest bidder, in less than 45 days


  • NO sign on building
  • Extensive video downloadable from website
  • Highly targeted direct mail program to local investment property owners
  • Two week modest display ads in regional publications
  • One run citywide newspapers’ real estate and auction sections
  • E-mail blast targeted to regional Commercial Realtors
  • Inspection by appointment only

Terms:  By seller's acceptance, $25,000 deposit via electronic transfer at knockdown to be increased to full 10% within 48 hours, 10 % buyer’s premium,  45 day closing.  No contingencies.

Type of auction: 10 day, On line only with soft close.

Outcome:  Sold for $900,000 to out of town investor. With no inspection.
Seller's acceptance was recieved mid bidding which continued & surpased it by 15% !

At the time of this sale, on line only with soft landing was considered inappropriate for Real Estate. Today it is commonplace and Bounds Auctions was leading the way.

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