In most cases, the auctioneer is going to charge their fees to the seller. Many auctioneers require that the seller pay a listing fee similar to what would be charged by a real estate agent. The fee is to assure the auctioneer that once they begin auctioning the property, the seller remains motivated to sell. This fee is generally non-refundable and may be above and beyond any other fees that are imposed on the property buyer.
It is important for sellers to understand the cost associated with a home auction because even if the auctioneer has charged a listing fee to the seller, this does not mean that they will not charge the buyer a fee as well. If the buyer is also charged a fee, it could potentially mean that the seller collects less on the final sale.
Auctioneers charge for marketing, for holding the auction and for other fees, including any permits that may be required by the municipality. Depending on the type of auction that a seller is interested in, there may be additional home auction fees charged to the seller. Marketing can include newspaper advertising, Internet advertising, email advertising and may even include television advertising. If these fees exceed the auctioneers flat charge, it is likely these charges will be passed on to the seller.
Additional fees seller pays to auction a home may include food, portable bathrooms and other "niceties" that may be provided at the auction site.