The Game-Changing Monopoly Rule That Could Save You a Ton of Money

Get ready to break out the game board.

You’ve probably enjoyed a game of Monopoly at least once in your life; whether or not you finished it is a different story. You know the disappointment of the term, “Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.”—and the joy of having someone land on your property that has ridiculously high rent. But there’s one (pretty important) rule that you’ve probably never heard about that could get even more multicolored Monopoly money in your pocket. These are other ways that you’re playing Monopoly all wrong.

Ready to have your mind blown? The rule is that if someone lands on a property and chooses not to buy it, that property goes to auction giving any player the chance to bid on it. The banker is the auctioneer. Game. Changer.

The official Monopoly rules state:

BUYING PROPERTY… Whenever you land on an unowned property you may buy that property from the Bank at its printed price. You receive the Title Deed card showing ownership; place it face up in front of you.

If you do not wish to buy the property, the Banker sells it at auction to the highest bidder. The buyer pays the Bank the amount of the bid in cash and receives the Title Deed card for that property. Any player, including the one who declined the option to buy it at the printed price, may bid. Bidding may start at any price.

This means that you could potentially buy property for A LOT less than its selling price. Or, the person who landed on it could bid and get it for less than if they bought it when they first landed on it. Bankers, get your auctioneer voice ready.

Before you go and quickly round up your friends for a (new and improved) night of Monopoly, make sure you read up on these other little known facts about board games.

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Morgan Cutolo
Morgan is the Senior Production Editor at Trusted Media Brands. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2016 where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. She works with our Production Coordinators to keep content moving and make sure that things are working well behind the scenes for all our digital sites. In her free time, she likes exploring the seacoast of Maine where she lives and works remotely full time and snuggling up on the couch with her corgi, Eggo, to watch HGTV or The Office.