Technology is evolving quickly to re-create - as close as possible - the same experience as an on-site auction.
Some agents prefer to use an auction platform where only the auctioneer is visible, while others utilise Zoom or Google Meets that allows everyone to see each other.
Telephone bidding is used as a back-up in case a bidder loses connection mid-auction.
Asking buyers to turn their camera off when they are out of the running is also helpful, particularly if it is a popular auction.
“You can still see when someone is getting close to the budget or if they are already over it, it doesn’t change and it is bit of intuition,” said Mr Axford, who is also a member of the REINSW’s auctioneer chapter.
Popular platform AuctionLive will be adding Google Meets integration to their services later this month allowing both the auctioneer and bidders to be seen, if desired.
“Our system will automatically take care of all the Google Meet invites being sent out to people and that allows agents who want to use those videoing conferencing platforms to be able to do so,” said Anthony Nounnis, Director from AuctionsLive.