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Auction House sells this year’s 2,000th lot in a busy August
20 September 2016

Auction House, which has a branch in Buckingham, is reporting a busy and profitable August, with a success rate of 82% – a full five percentage points ahead of 2015’s figure of 77% – and a month which included the sale of the group’s 2,000th lot this year.

The award-winning property auctioneer held seven sales across the country during what is traditionally a quiet period for the sector, selling 113 lots from 137 offered, and raising a total of £12 million. Cumulative results are also ahead of last year; sales in the first eight months of 2016 totalled 2,044 lots, at a cumulative success rate of 78%, raising over £275 million.

Commenting on the group’s performance, Charles Lovell, Head of Auction House Beds & Bucks said: “This is another set of excellent figures during a challenging time for the industry – what with the uncertainty of Brexit and the continuing concern over the previous Chancellor’s additional 3% Stamp Duty for landlords and second home buyers. But we are now getting back to usual volumes, and I can also report that September entries are on a par with last year, at 530 lots”.

Charles says that a recent spate of keen guides and realistic reserves are tempting buyers to return to the country’s auction rooms in significant numbers.

He explained: “A new norm is being created out there. Although we may not be back to what you might call a regular auctions market yet, we are certainly moving in that direction. More and more people are appreciating that selling property under the hammer is a faster route to a sale.”

“Whilst some investors remain cautious, others see the current climate as an opportunity, as property continues to be the highest yielding investment on offer to the general public. Demand in our Northern and Midlands sale rooms has remained strong throughout, and we are reporting good success in Scotland too.”

“All in all, we remain genuinely optimistic and are now focused on getting back to normality as soon as possible”.

Our next auction is on 20th October. The catalogue of lots will be available at the end of September. If you would like to benefit from a free auction appraisal or to find out about the benefits of selling your property by auction, please call 01234 362899 today.

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