Have you ever gone to an auction for real estate property? I hadn't either until yesterday. And I gotta tell you, it was NOT what I was expecting.
My son, Jason, and his wife, Colleen, wanted to go to an auction in hopes of bidding on the property next door to theirs that was on the "block." They did their homework: checked to make sure taxes were paid up and also that the title would be clear. All they had to do was bring a cashiers check.
We arrived, headed into the courthouse (after going through the metal detector, etc) and asked a clerk where to go. "Back outside and to the right," we were told. I was expecting a real "professional" set up: Podium and a guy or gal standing behind it with a gavel in their hand.... Ah, NO, that was not the case.
Over on the patchy, damp grass under a very old pine tree, was a dude sporting a pair of shorts and a tee-shirt, sitting in a lawn chair (fancy one, I might add) that had a arm table that popped up & with his crazy looking laptop on his lap. He started shouting out properties that were being canceled or had been given a new date.
Thankfully, the property my kids were interested in came up right away. The auctioneer (is that what he was?) called it out. Too much money! We left.
The experience was a good one, as I had no idea what to expect; accept I was thinking it would be slightly more "auction-ish."
Just goes to show that we should always expect the unexpected!
P.S. I did NOT take pictures... that was not a place where you go snapping shots of people (or you might be shot at!)