So I've bought a couple of times at auction without physically being there. Agents were happy for me to send a bank cheque / EFT on the next business day. Smooth as. Anyway, I'm wanting to bid remotely at the auction of a house I've seen. Established Melbourne franchise, etc etc. I've spent some money flying in to inspect, do building/pest, etc. The answer I get is that they want me to deposit 10% into their trust account before they'll let me remotely bid at the auction, to be refunded if I am unsuccessful. Long argument with the principal on the phone and they won't budge. Has anyone heard of such a thing? I want the house. It's the first that's tickled my fancy in this area after months of watching. At this stage, I'm thinking I'm just going to have to take a day off and fly down for the auction.