Frequently asked questions

  • General Questions
    • What is Architecturalist?

      Architecturalist is a technology platform for buying, selling, and sharing architecturally significant homes in the United States. We connect discerning buyers with sellers, and enthusiasts from around the country who appreciate the value of good design. Through partnerships with carefully selected real estate agents, we give our community an inside look at homes designed by some of the country’s most talented architects – from common household names to unsung heroes of the Modern movement to the most innovative designers of today. Most importantly, we make it easy to make it your home.

    • What types of homes/clients are right for an Architectural auction?

      We’re interested in high-quality, architecturally significant homes from the mid-twentieth century to today. The homes we feature are almost exclusively designed by architects, though they’re not always well-known. We love discovering new (to us) talents from the past and today. Typical characteristics of Architecturalist’s properties include generous open spaces, large windows, and a connection to nature.

    • How do your auctions work?

      Each auction is live for 21 days. During that time, all members of the Architecturalist community can join the discussion in the comments section of each listing and sign up to receive auction updates. Buyers registered with Architecturalist can bid after providing proof of funds. Licensed real estate agents registered with Architecturalist can place bids on behalf of their clients. All auctions are online-only reserve auctions. No in-person or telephone bids are accepted, although interested bidders can ask questions in the comments or click the “contact seller” button to reach the seller directly or schedule a viewing.

    • What is a reserve auction?

      A reserve auction is when the seller sets a “reserve” price – the lowest price they are willing to accept for the house. Architecturalist does not publicly share the reserve price, but if the bidding period ends before the reserve is met, the seller has the option to accept the highest bid or re-list their home.

    • What are the advantages to buying or selling through Architecturalist rather than a traditional listing?

      Architecturalist is a community for and by architecture enthusiasts. That means we make it easy for sellers to find buyers who understand the value of design and are willing to pay for it. Sellers also have access to our expert marketing team, who can prepare beautiful listings with engaging written descriptions and high-quality photos or videos. We work with all sellers to promote listings across the web and all of Architecturalist’s social media channels.
      For buyers, we collect and curate the best modern architecture on the market. On one site, buyers can quickly and easily browse stylish modern homes around the country, many of historical value and significance. Our comprehensive listings and community of users provide insight and information to help buyers make the most informed decisions.
      For all users, our elegant and intuitive website streamlines the entire buying and selling process. Compared to live auctions, online auctions put all users on an equal playing field, giving everyone the chance to own an architectural masterpiece.

    • Do I need a real estate agent?

      No. All Architecturalist homes can be listed and purchased without a real estate agent. However, buyers and sellers may benefit from the expertise of a licensed real estate agent to make the entire process go smoothly. Any registered members can view and follow our lists. We also encourage all our sellers to join the discussion in the comments section to answer questions and share their experiences. These interactions inspire confidence in the auction process and the Architecturalist platform. 

  • Seller
    • What if my property is already listed with a real estate agent?

      No problem! Have your agent contact us. We can work together to make sure more people see and learn about your home. 

    • How much does it cost to list the house as an Architecturalist auction?

      It is completely free to list homes on Architecturalist. Once the reserve is set, our team will determine the site’s fixed commission. When the home sells, Architecturalist receives the site’s commission as a third-party facilitator.

    • How do I submit my house, and what happens after?

      Click the “Submit a House” button at the top of the page and follow the on-screen instructions. Once your house is submitted, our team will review your listing and let you know if it’s an appropriate fit for Architecturalist. If all goes well, we’ll start preparing your listing immediately.

    • What if I already have photos and text that I want you to use? Can I share them to Architecturalist?

      Yes. We encourage you to share with us all available information and documentation. Anything you share may expedite the process. That said, we pride ourselves on the consistency and quality of our listings. Our team may have suggestions on how they can best be used, or may suggest creating new materials to better showcase your property.

    • How long does it take for my house to go live?

      Every home is different, but it generally takes 2-3 weeks for a listing to go live once it’s approved. During that time, our team of experts will research your home, write an engaging description, and prepare any photography, videos, or other graphic assets that we think will help the sale. We’ll share the drafted listing with you and, once you approve it, the listing goes live and the 30-day auction period begins.

    • How do you choose which houses to accept?

      We review several factors when considering a submission, including the design and condition of the home, its location, and the reserve price. We’re interested in high-quality, architecturally significant homes from the mid-twentieth century to today. The homes we feature are almost exclusively designed by architects, though they’re not always well-known. We love discovering new (to us) talents from the past and today. Typical characteristics of Architecturalist’s properties include generous open spaces, large windows, and a connection to nature. Browsing architecturalist.com will give you an idea of the kind of home we’re looking for.

    • How does Architecturalist market my listing?

      Our team of writers and researchers will prepare a compelling, well-researched listing that highlights the historical significance and key features of your home. We’ll also commission professional photography or videography to showcase the property in the best possible light and provide potential buyers with comprehensive insight into their potential investment. Architecturalist works with the seller’s agent to market and promote the house to our community and across all our social media channels, as well as all major real estate platforms and online marketplaces.

    • How do reserves work?

      Working with Architecturalist and with the help of your listing agent, you set the reserve price – the price you’re willing to accept for the house. If bidding ends before the reserve is met, the auction will end and you will have the option to accept the lowest bid or re-list your home.

    • Can I lower my reserve?

      Yes. Sellers can lower the reserve at any time while the auction is live. The reserve is not publicly visible and may not be shared with potential buyers.

    • Can I cancel my auction once it's live?

      Yes. If you no longer wish to sell your home, we will remove the listing at your request. Architecturalist retains the exclusive right to be the only marketplace selling the home for the remainder of the originally agreed-upon auction period.

    • How long do auctions last?

      Auctions are typically live for 21 days. That period may be extended by our “Final Call” feature, which protects against auction sniping.

    • What is sniping? And what is the Final Call feature?

      “Sniping” is the practice of placing a bid shortly – seconds or minutes, often – before the end of an auction, ensuring other interested buyers have no time to respond with a higher bid. To protect against sniping, Architecturalist uses the “Final Call” feature, which extends the auction clock by 5 minutes each time an eligible bid is placed during the final 5 minutes of an auction. The auction formally closes 5 minutes after the highest bid is placed.

    • What happens when the auction is over?

      If the reserve has been met when the auction closes, Architecturalist will put you into contact with the agent representing the winning bidder. Your agent will work with the buyer’s agent to complete the sale.

    • How long will it take for my property to close?

      Architecturalist does not facilitate closing. Closing will be handled by the agents representing the seller and buyer.

    • How does Architecturalist collect their commission?

      Architecturalist is a third-party facilitator. The seller’s agent is responsible for adding Architecturalist into the escrow agreement. We are paid by the settlement agent along with other third-party services on closing.

    • Can I re-list my house if it doesn't sell?

      Yes. If your auction concludes without a sale, you will receive an email notification with a link with the option to re-list the house after the agreed-upon period.  

  • Buyer
    • What types of homes/clients are right for an Architectural auction?

      We’re interested in high-quality, architecturally significant homes from the mid-twentieth century to today. The homes we feature are almost exclusively designed by architects, though they’re not always well-known. We love discovering new (to us) talents from the past and today. Typical characteristics of Architecturalist’s properties include generous open spaces, large windows, and a connection to nature.

    • What is a reserve auction?

      A reserve auction is when the seller sets a reserve price – the lowest price they are willing to accept for the house. This price is not listed publicly. If the bidding period ends before the reserve is met, the seller will have the option to accept the highest bid or re-list their home.

    • Will I have access to due diligence?

      Yes. Users registered as agents can access due diligence in the “documents” section of the listing page. This section contains all due diligence that the seller and/or agent has prepared to help buyers make an informed decision. This information may include, but is not limited to, items such as the home inspection report, termite inspection, neighborhood information, purchase contract, and terms and conditions of sale.

    • How do I contact a seller?

      We encourage our sellers to be active in the comments section of their listing and answer any posted questions. For more private inquiries, registered users can contact the seller directly through the “contact seller” button on the listing page.

    • How can I inspect or tour a house?

      During the auction period, you can contact the seller’s agent to schedule a tour. There will also be public open house dates, which will be announced on the site.

    • What is the benefit of registering with Architecturalist?

      All users who register with Architecturalist get access to our “watchlist” feature, an email subscription with auction updates, industry news, and tips from our expert team. You’ll also gain access to our comments section, where we encourage our community to ask questions and share their thoughts on the homes.
      For agents, registering with Architecturalist means you will be able to submit a listing or place a bid.

    • How do I register to bid?

      Click here to register with Architecturalist. Before you can bid, you must provide proof of funds. You will be able to start bidding only after your confirmation of funds is approved by our team.

    • How does bidding work?

      The buyer or buyer’s agent can bid after the buyer provided . When an acceptable minimum bid is placed, Architecturalist will notify all previous bidders and members who have the auction on their watchlist. The website will be updated to reflect the new bid.

    • How do I sign up for auction updates?

      All registered Architecturalist users can click the “add to watchlist” button on a listing’s page to receive updates on the auction. You can adjust your watchlist and notifications settings in the “My Account” page.

    • Will I need to show proof of funds before I can bid?

      Yes. You will be able to start bidding only after your confirmation of funds is approved by our team.

    • What is the Final Call feature?

      The Final Call feature protects our auctions from sniping by extending the auction clock by 5 minutes each time an eligible bid is placed during the final hour of an auction. The auction formally closes 5 minutes after the highest bid is placed.

    • Can I cancel my bid?

      No. When you place your bid, you will be asked to confirm it. Once you click “yes,” your bid is final and cannot be canceled.

    • How do I know if an auction has a reserve?

      All auctions have a reserve price, though it is not listed publicly.

    • What happens when I win an auction?

      When you win an auction, Architecturalist will send you an email notifying you that your bid was accepted. This email will include contact information for you or your agent to contact the seller or the agent representing the seller. The agents are responsible for arranging the final purchase and sale agreement.

    • What happens if the reserve is not met?

      If a reserve price is not met, the seller can choose to accept the highest bid. Architecturalist will then notify the buyer if their bid is accepted. If the highest bid is not accepted, all bidders will be notified and the listing will be removed. The seller may decide to re-list the property at a later date.

    • Can I contact a seller after an auction has closed?

      No. After an auction has closed, you cannot contact a seller directly through Architecturalist. If you have any questions about the property during the auction, we encourage you to ask those questions in the comments section or use the “contact seller” button on the listing page.

    • What does it mean to buy the property "As is, where is"?

      “As is, where is” means the buyer purchases the property with no guarantees regarding its condition.
      Buyers should rely entirely on their own information, judgment, and their inspection of the property. We invite buyers and buyers’ experts–contractors, inspectors, surveyors, engineers, land planners, etc. to inspect the property by appointment or during available viewing times.
      We aim to provide buyers with ample opportunity to assess the property. Please contact the designated property representative for questions regarding the property or to make arrangements.

  • Agent
    • What types of homes are right for an Architectural auction?

      We’re interested in high-quality, architecturally significant homes from the mid-twentieth century to today. The homes we feature are almost exclusively designed by architects, though they’re not always well-known. We love discovering new (to us) talents from the past and today. Typical characteristics of Architecturalist’s properties include generous open spaces, large windows, and a connection to nature.

    • Types of Auctions

      All Architecturalist listings are online-only reserve auctions. No in-person or phone bids are accepted.

    • What are the advantages to buying or selling through Architecturalist rather than a traditional listing?

      Architecturalist is a community for and by architecture enthusiasts. That means we make it easy for sellers to find buyers who understand the value of design and are willing to pay for it. Sellers also have access to our expert marketing team, who can prepare beautiful listings with engaging written descriptions and high-quality photos or videos. We work with all sellers to promote listings across the web and all of Architecturalist’s social media channels.
      For buyers, we collect and curate the best modern architecture on the market. On one site, buyers can quickly and easily browse stylish modern homes around the country, many of historical value and significance. Our comprehensive listings and community of users provide insight and information to help buyers make the most informed decisions.
      For all users, our elegant and intuitive website streamlines the entire buying and selling process. Compared to live auctions, online auctions put all users on an equal playing field, giving everyone the chance to own an architectural masterpiece.

    • What kind of licensing do I need to sell a house through Architecturalist?

      In order to represent a seller on Architecturalist, you need to be licensed by your state to sell and buy property, and have a valid, executed listing agreement.

    • Can I do my own marketing in addition to the marketing offered by Architecturalist?

      Yes. We encourage agents to continue to market and advertise the property just as they normally would. We want as many potential buyers as possible to join the auction. However, to help sellers get the highest price possible, the home must be available exclusively on Architecturalist for the entire duration of the auction. It can be listed elsewhere, but cannot be available to buy on any other marketplace.

    • Do I retain my entire commission after the sale?

      Yes. When you sell a property through Architecturalist, your listing agreement remains intact and you will receive your commission just as you would in a normal transaction. Architecturalist’s fee is a separate fee for third-party services.

    • Can I represent multiple sellers?

      Yes. Agents can represent multiple sellers as long as you inform all parties that you are doing so.

    • Can I represent multiple buyers?

      We do not recommend representing multiple buyers. Architecturalist prefers to work with agents who share our passion and fully represent the best interests of their client without any conflicts.

    • Is there a fee structure specific to agents or brokers?

      As an agent, your original agreement with your client is not changed by selling through Architecturalist. You will receive the amount you and your client agreed upon in your original listing agreement.

  • User Questions
    • How do I register?

      From the main menu, select “Login”, then click “Register” and follow the on-screen instructions.

    • How can I change my password?

      The option to update your passwords can be found by accessing the “My Account” page and clicking the “Account info” button.

    • I've forgotten my password. How can I retrieve it?

      Click “Forgot your password?” on the login page and follow the instructions to get a link that will help you reset your password.

    • How can I change my username?

      You can change your user name by accessing your “My Account” page and clicking the “Account info” button. Changing your username will retroactively change it on all your old posts throughout the Architecturalist community.

    • Where can I find my bidding, listing, or comment history?

      On the “My Account” page, click the “My auctions” and the “My bids & wins” options to access your account history.

    • How do I subscribe to the daily email?

      All users have the option to sign up for regular emails when creating an account. Users can view and change subscription settings anytime by navigating to the “notifications” sections on the account page.

    • I am not receiving Architecuralist emails even though I'm subscribed.

      Sometimes our emails get flagged as spam. Check your spam folder and be sure to mark Architecturalist as an approved sender. Also, please make sure your email address is accurate by checking the “Account Info” section of your account page.

    • I want to get an email when a new house is listed or an existing listing is modified. How can I do that?

      On your account page, make sure you’re subscribed to “Architecturalist news and updates” to get alerts about new listings. To receive updates on existing listings, add a home to your watchlist and adjust your notifications as desired through your account page.

    • Where can I see completed auctions?

      From the main menu, click “Past Auctions”.

    • How do I tag a user in a comment?

      Adding the “@” symbol before a user’s name (e.g. @username) will tag that user in the comments and send them a notification.

    • How do I contact you?

      You can contact the Architecturalist team with any questions by emailing: manager@architecturalist.com

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