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Do I have to bid once I am registered?

To take part in the Openn Negotiation process you need to place an opening bid via the Openn App during the campaign stage. Should you wish to make a further bid in the Campaign Bidding Stage you can do so by clicking the Improve Bid button. During the Final Bidding Stage you can bid simply by clicking the Make Bid button. Once you have made your opening bid you are under no obligation to make further bids.

What if I want to pull out?

As with any sales process, if you decide you do not wish to participate, you can pull out any time prior to having your offer accepted by the seller. If your offer has been accepted by the owner and agent, you cannot pull out.

What if it doesn’t reach reserve price?

If it doesn’t reach the reserve price, then you have the right to negotiate with parties who have indicated interest in the property.

Do we have the Buy it Now price?

No. If the Agent or Seller does not want to run a reducing auction during the campaign stage using the Buy it Now function, they simply do not fill in these fields when setting up the Openn Negotiation.

How do I get notified?

Terms Accepted bidders will receive an email as well as a push notification from the Openn App. Agents will likely also call you to notify you directly.

If it starts early, what notice do I get?

If the seller decides to bring forward the Openn Negotiation Final Bidding Stage, all Terms Accepted buyers will receive a minimum 12 hours notice of the new date and time.

When do I pay the deposit?

The amount and timing of payment of the deposit will be addressed in the Terms and Conditions of sale that are submitted to the seller for acceptance. The Agent will make recommendations to you as to what would be acceptable to the owner, generally with a portion to be paid within 3 days of the Openn Negotiation being completed, and the balance of the deposit 7 working days thereafter.

What am I signing?

Terms Accepted bidders sign a full legal contract to purchase the property. The conditions acknowledge that should you place the highest bid above the reserve price then you will have purchased the property at that price. The Agent will then sign off on your behalf to complete the contract.

What if the technology breaks down?

Under the contract conditions if the technology should break down for whatever reason then you will be required to cancel the Openn Negotiation and reschedule it.

What if I am not available ?

Like any other form of sales process, there is an onus on the prospective purchaser to make themselves available at the time the sales process is undertaken.

Where am I as a buyer?

The buyer can be located wherever they wish to be, home, office etc, as long as they have appropriate access to the internet an / or WiFi.

Can the sellers bid?

No, under the terms and conditions of an Openn Negotiation the seller is not allowed to undertake a vendor bid, or cause a bid to be made on their behalf.

Can I practice on the App?

Yes. There will be a practicing area on the website and Openn app that allows buyers, sellers and agent to p ractice the use of this very simple to operate technology.

How do I know the bids are legitimate?

Each “Terms Accepted ” bidder has signed a full legal and binding contract, with the only part of the contract missing being the price. The price can only be determined by the Openn App. Under the contract signed by the bidders, the final contract price is signed off by the Agent/ auctioneer on their behalf.

I just want to buy it now and put in an offer!

With Openn Negotiation there are three options if you want to buy it now: Be the first person to register and put in a price that the seller may accept (above the seller’s reserve price). With no other competition, the seller may accept your bid and you secure the property. If there are other bidders, you can try to make a bid high enough to knock the other bidders out of the competition and put the price above the reserve price. As the terms accepted buyer you may press the buy it now button and accept that price to avoid any openn competition.

Why is a competitive environment important?

Openn competition is not only important for the sellers to see where the market really is for their property but it is also important for the buyers.Human behavior around any purchase is that if we think that there is no competition we want to pay as little as possible. However, under competition and the ability for some one else to see what they are prepared to pay, you can legitimately justify that the price is fair and from there you can justify what you are willing to spend. In a normal sales situation when you have no idea of what price needs to be beaten you are left to a situation of guessing what you think someone else may pay, yet you will rarely risk spending all you have given the danger of paying too much. With Openn Negotiation the playing field is level for all participants and you can choose what you are willing or can afford to pay because it is an active process with all buyers competing for a property at the same time.

Do I only get one bid?

You may place as many bids as you like to successfully purchase the property. Smart buyers quickly work out that making bids above the agreed bid amount can show confidence and sometimes knock out other bidders early or may also discourage other potential bidders from registering, hence reducing competition in the Final Bidding Stage. During the Final Bidding Stage, each time someone bids, the bidding clock resets and allows two minutes for any other bidder to make their next bid. You can't bid against yourself, but you can try to knock other bidders out by bidding a significant amount above the agreed bid amount. You can decide to increase and decrease the amount that you wish to bid if it is above the minimum bid amount. If the agent sees the bidding slowing down, they can reduce the bidding amount. When the bid is improved, the 2 - minute clock restarts to give all buyers a chance to bid at the lower bid amount. Once the property is past the reserve price it will sell to the highest bidder when the bidding stops and the clock runs out. The two - minute clock is designed to give buyers multiple bids and provide plenty of time for you to determine your next bid. Note that the agent, who is usually sitting with the owner, can pa use the negotiation if required and sp eak to the owner to: Set new bidding increments; To determine when the home meets the reserve or reduce the reserve if required; To call the buyer direct to encourage an additional bid or to determine if you are out of the process.

What is the benefit of registering and submitting my Terms and Conditions early? Should I wait and see how many others register?

If you hold off registering, you risk the possibility of Openn Negotiation starting early and being unable to participate. Once you register you can withdraw at any time up until the property has sold to another party – you are in complete control. The only downside is if you fail to register and the property sells at a price which you could have afforded. If your Terms & Conditions are accepted, the property cannot be sold without your knowledge. Throughout the whole process, you will be advised as to where the pricing of the property sits and therefore what price you will need to beat to secure the property. You will know where the current bid is throughout the campaign and the control rests with you as to whether you want to improve on your bids to try and knock out other buyers.

What is Openn Negotiation?

Openn Negotiation is a method of sale which takes the best parts of auction, private treaty and closing date sale and blends them into one, streamlined process. This process creates a competitive environment and allows complete transparency for all terms accepted buyers to not have to miss out on a property because they didn't know what price they had to beat.