Auction How To Buy Homes At Auction In Florida

Buying homes at auction in Florida through Alex Cooper’s platform offers a streamlined and efficient process designed to cater to both investors and homeowners. Keep reading to see how you can participate and succeed in purchasing properties through our auction system. 


Explore Property Offerings

 Alex Cooper offers a variety of property listings suitable for different buyer needs. These properties can be purchased through our online bidding platform.

Prepare for Online-Only Auctions

When buying homes at auction with Alex Cooper, conducting thorough due diligence is a critical first step. This involves researching the property you are interested in extensively. Alex Cooper provides photos, property descriptions and due diligence documents for each listing. These resources are invaluable for understanding the property’s condition, features, and potential issues. Reviewing this information meticulously will help you make an informed decision about whether the property meets your needs and expectations. The vast majority of properties are available for inspection prior to the auction ending. We encourage you to visit the property before bidding. 


Equally important is the budgeting process. Before participating in the auction, determine the maximum amount you are willing to bid. This should be based on a realistic assessment of your financial situation and the property’s estimated market value. Setting a firm budget helps prevent overspending in the heat of competitive bidding. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of the auction, so having a clear budget ensures that you remain financially prudent and avoid bidding beyond your means. By combining thorough due diligence with careful budgeting, you can bid confidently and increase your chances of securing the right property at a price that aligns with your financial goals.

Most online auctions include a buyer’s premium, which is an additional fee on top of the winning bid. For example, if the winning bid is $500,000 and the buyer’s premium is 6%, the contract price will be $530,000. This premium is detailed in the terms of sale for each property.



Registration and Deposit

To participate in Alex Cooper’s property auctions, you first need to register on our online platform. This involves creating an account, which will allow you to access auction listings, place bids, and manage your participation. The registration process is straightforward and designed to ensure that only qualified bidders take part in the auction.

Once registered, you are required to provide a participation deposit, which can be done via a credit card hold or a wire transfer. This deposit acts as a security measure, demonstrating your commitment and financial capability to participate in the auction. The exact amount of the participation deposit is specified by Alex Cooper and is necessary to gain access to the bidding process.

If you successfully win the auction, the next crucial step is to provide an earnest money deposit. This deposit typically amounts to 10% of the purchase price and must be paid within one business day of the auction’s conclusion. The earnest money deposit serves as a demonstration of your serious intent to complete the purchase and is applied toward the final sale price of the property. Failure to provide this deposit within the specified timeframe can result in forfeiture of your winning bid and significant penalties. This includes the loss of your participation deposit and liquidated damages in the amount of 10% of your bid.


Bidding Process

The duration of online auctions on Alex Cooper’s platform typically spans five days. This extended timeframe allows potential buyers ample opportunity to evaluate the property, place bids, and make informed decisions. One of the unique features of Alex Cooper’s auction system is the “soft close” mechanism. Unlike traditional auctions with a hard cut-off time, the soft close system extends the auction if a bid is placed in the final minutes. This extension usually lasts for a few additional minutes, giving other interested bidders a fair chance to respond and place their bids. The process continues until no further bids are placed within the final minutes, ensuring that all participants have a genuine opportunity to compete for the property.

To maximize your chances of success, it is crucial to bid strategically throughout the auction. This involves closely monitoring the auction, especially as it approaches the final minutes. Staying attentive during this period is essential because the most intense bidding activity often occurs at the end. By being vigilant and ready to place your bids as the auction draws to a close, you can effectively respond to competing offers and increase your chances of securing the property. Additionally, understanding the dynamics of the soft close system can help you time your bids to keep the auction open just long enough to outlast other bidders, without unnecessarily prolonging the process.


Purchase Agreement and Closing

If you win an auction on Alex Cooper’s platform, it is imperative to act swiftly and efficiently to finalize the purchase. The first step required is to sign the auction purchase agreement within four hours of the auction’s conclusion. This prompt action is crucial as it formalizes your commitment to purchase the property and sets the legal groundwork for the transaction. The purchase agreement outlines all the terms and conditions of the sale, ensuring that both the buyer and seller are clear on their obligations and the next steps in the process. The purchase contract is available for review many weeks prior to the conclusion of the auction. The four hour time frame is only to sign the contract and not to review the contract. The contract should be reviewed prior to your participation in the auction. 

Once the agreement is signed, the transaction moves into the closing phase, which typically takes place within 30-45 days for residential properties. During this period, a title company is engaged to handle the transfer of ownership and to oversee the administrative tasks required to finalize the sale. The title company’s responsibilities include verifying the property’s title to ensure it is free of liens or other encumbrances, preparing the necessary legal documents, and coordinating the closing process to ensure compliance with all relevant laws and regulations.

As the buyer, you are responsible for covering all transfer and recordation taxes associated with the property sale. These taxes are part of the closing costs and are necessary for the legal transfer of property ownership. The title company will provide a detailed breakdown of these costs and guide you through the payment process.\

Throughout the closing period, you may also need to coordinate with your financial institution to secure any required financing and ensure that all conditions of the purchase agreement are met. While you are able to obtain financing, please keep in mind that the contract is not contingent on financing. By maintaining clear communication with the title company and adhering to the outlined timelines and requirements, you can ensure a smooth and efficient transition from winning the auction to taking ownership of your new property.



Buying homes at auction in Florida through Alex Cooper offers a streamlined and efficient process. Benefit from extensive property listings, a user-friendly bidding platform, and transparent auction procedures. With thorough preparation and strategic bidding, you can secure great properties at competitive prices. For a smooth and successful auction experience, trust Alex Cooper to guide you through every step.