Buying a home by tender


Tender is a form of marketing and selling a property through intensive advertising media designed to capture the maximum attention of buyers within a set time frame. The process is a means of purchasing/selling Real Estate through public negotiations to determine the true market value of the property at that time.

  • How should I approach the Tender Process?
    The Tender contract, which is your offer, is filled in and then deposited at our branch office and held secure until closing time. The Tender documents are different from normal Sale and Purchase Agreements and you may wish to seek legal advice before submitting your tender contract.
  • Can I submit a Tender if I have to arrange finance?
    Obviously, an unconditional cash Tender would be more attractive to the vendor and you can organise finance prior to submitting your offer. However, do not hesitate to submit your Tender, even if you still have to arrange finance and your offer is conditional. This process is still regarded as standard.
  • Can I submit a Tender if I have a house to sell?
    Yes. There are two main options:
    • You may make a Tender, conditional on the sale of your property which is standard.
    • If you are in a sound financial position you may want to arrange a bridging loan to cover any delay in settling the sale of your current property.
  • How do I decide how much to pay?
    Naturally the more attractive the offer the more likely the chance of having your Tender accepted. Although vendors reserve the right to negotiate with the highest, or any, Tenderer in most cases a decision is reached on the Tender day. However the vendor can have up to five working days from the closing of the tender to make a decision. For this reason, your submitted Tender should be your best offer. A combination of your own instincts, market awareness and guidance from your sales consultant will give you a good indication of price. Obviously, the price you tender is in direct proportion to your desire to own the property.
  • Can I buy before the Tender day?
    No. Any tender received will only be considered at the close of the tender at the date and time stipulated on the tender documentation.
  • What contract do we sign and what are the standard conditions?
    The contract is the standard tender contract approved by the Law Society of New Zealand and the New Zealand Real Estate Institute. This is available from the sales consultant. You should have read and understood the Tender documents. If you need to insert any conditions or vary the settlement date, do so. To ensure the correct wording seek assistance from your solicitor or your sales consultant. If your tender is accepted you are legally bound by the terms and conditions of the Tender contract.
Harcourts agent having a conversation to potential buyers