Tough sale produces great results for Auction House London

TV crews from BBC1’s Homes Under The Hammer, and Channel 4, witnessed a packed saleroom for Auction House London at the end of October (25 October 2018) which raised just under £20m.

Lively Bidding for Harrogate Semi at Auction

A semi-detached house in Harrogate was the subject of some lively bidding at auction this month, pushing the final sale price well above the original guide of £150,000.

The three bedroom house on Oakdale Avenue was the first lot to come under the hammer at the October property auction by FSS estate agents and auctioneers and the bidding was broadcast live on social media. The hammer finally came down at £173,000.

Investors broaden buying scope as Acuitus sells £46.25m

The volume of sales completed this year by commercial property auction house, Acuitus, approached the £200m mark as its latest auction raised £46.25m with a success rate of 77%.

A busy and vibrant room witnessed bidding for all property investment sectors across the UK, and the trend for looking at alternatives to pure retail saw a Travis Perkins trade counter in Melton Mowbray sell for £1.4m at a yield of 4.38%. With nine years unexpired on the lease and no break options, the investment currently produces rental income of £65,000pax.

Aston Mead welcomes call for public land to be freed up for housing

Leading land agents Aston Mead have thrown their full support behind the winning idea in this year’s £50,000 Richard Koch Breakthrough Prize from the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA).

The prize, supported by entrepreneur Richard Koch, sought to find the best and boldest entry outlining a ‘free market breakthrough’ policy to solve the UK housing crisis. It was judged by a panel including Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, Richard Koch and Mark Littlewood, Director General at the IEA.

Buy-to-let in SDL Auctions Graham Penny’s Nottingham auction

A former doctor’s surgery which was offered as a seven bedroomed property was one of the star lots at SDL Auctions Graham Penny’s Nottingham auction which raised over £2.4 million.

Andrew Parker, managing director and auctioneer at SDL Auctions Graham Penny, said: “There was strong demand for buy-to-let properties and investors were out in force.”

Buying at auction - what you need to do

A property auction can be a thrilling way to buy property, and snap up a bargain. They aren’t just good for buying repossessed homes, it’s now possible to buy all kinds of properties at auction. However it is essential that you do your homework before trying to buy a property at auction, and you need to put a number of important things in place before you go. It does't matter what your reason for buying at auction is, the key to success is preparation.

Commercial investors eye up opportunities in the next SDL Auctions Derby auction

An old favourite heads up the commercial lots in SDL Auctions Graham Penny’s Derby auction at Pride Park Stadium on Thursday 1 November which will see 56 lots go under the hammer.

From an area that is always very popular with commercial investors, 63-67 Wardwick in Derby is a valuable freehold property in the city centre. It comprises two ground floor retail units and one rear office or stage unit.

Major projects for redevelopment

There are plenty of properties for DIY fans looking for projects in the SDL Auctions Graham Penny auction on Thursday 1 November at Pride Park Stadium in Derby.

Robert Stone, senior valuer at SDL Auctions Graham Penny, said: “Our 56 lot catalogue features several examples of properties that can be developed into great family homes after they have been renovated.”


Property auctioneers, Smith and Sons, raised over £2.5million its latest auction, selling in excess of 80% of the lots offered.

A busy room at the Village Hotel in Bromborough, together with multiple phone bids, generated good interest which resulted in another successful sale. The majority of potential buyers were investors and developers either looking to buy their first investment or strengthen their portfolios.

Auction House entries hit an all-time high

Leading property auctioneer Auction House is reporting the highest number of monthly entries in the eleven year history of the company.  

The group has entered 810 properties into its October catalogues – the first time that it has ever exceeded the 800 lot milestone in any given month.  

The impressive performance is matched by the group’s sales in September, when Auction House sold 425 lots from 618 offered (up 7% from 397 sold in 2017) – delivering a success rate of 68.8%, and raising £51.3m in the process.  

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