Proxy bidding verses live bidding

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If anyone here is doing a lot of auctions, do you know if live bidding is better than proxy bidding? I have been entering all my bids as proxy and I'm yet to win any auction. Today I missed out on a house by $100 which went to another third party bidder. It's getting very frustrating as I spend at least 6 hours per day researching the auction properties. I'm starting to wonder if I would be better off investing that time into my driving for dollars campaign.

By proxy, I assume you means metro g the bid prior to the auction start?  If you truly entered your max, it doesn't matter.  But of course, "live" you can always raise your bid near the end.  But, what you don't is if the competing had a max $5-10k above yours either.