Auction House Robinson & Hall believes activity within the property market will remain strong in the coming months, despite the global uncertainty caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The UK’s biggest property auctioneer says that traditionally, in times of world upheaval, people invest in property rather than in the stock market.
Charles Lovell, Head of Auction House Robinson & Hall, explained: “Of course the first thing to say is that our hearts go out to the Ukrainians and the horrific suffering they are currently going through. All of us want to see a speedy and safe resolution to the conflict and an opportunity for those individuals to be able to return home.
However, for the rest of us, in times of global volatility it is important to keep calm and make measured decisions, as opposed to knee jerk ones which often come back to haunt us. And it’s true that in moments such as these, investors tend to choose bricks and mortar rather than stocks and shares.
In difficult times, investments which you can see, touch and feel tend to be the safest and most popular, which is why property does so well. History shows us that it’s happened before and we have no reason to believe it won’t happen again.”
His comments come as Auction House release its results for the first two months of the year, which indicate a rise even on the group’s healthy performance in 2021.
Auction House Robinson & Hall has offered 103 lots in the last 12 months and sold 92 of them; an 89% success rate. Commenting on the figures, Charles said: “Our sales continue to be strong, the market remains robust and demand continues to outstrip supply. We also now offer in-room and online auctions, so the best of both worlds for our clients.”
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A surge in the number of family homes being sold by Auction House has seen its average selling price rocket by 40% year on year across the country, from £103,400 in 2019 to £145,500 now.
The group, operating as Auction House Robinson & Hall in this area, has made over £300 million worth of property sales in the year so far, well ahead of any other residential auctioneer. Cumulative sales for 2020 currently stand at 2,300 lots sold from 2,913 offered, at a strong success rate of 79%.
Commenting on the figures, Charles Lovell, Head of Auction House Robinson & Hall, said: “The pandemic has certainly been challenging, however we have adapted and introduced working practices to keep buyers, sellers and ourselves as safe as possible so that not only are we listing more lots, we are also selling more family homes.”
At £63 million, last month’s total value of sales was the highest the group has raised in any September over 12 years of business. During the month, Auction House sold 433 lots from 533 offered, and delivered an impressive success rate of 81.2%.
Charles explained: “Clearly, the auctions market is returning to pre-Covid levels of activity. Remote bidding is now fully accepted as the norm around the country, and buyers have grown in confidence with bidder numbers continuing to rise. Sellers too are again choosing auctions, where the selling prices achieved are regularly well beyond expectations.
Sellers are demonstrating their trust in auctions, and understandably have a growing desire to sell in the current high-demand environment.”
October was one of our largest auctions to date, selling a variety of lots resulting in an impressive success rate of 88%. The full results can be viewed here.
Charles continues “We are entering the colder months, so now is a great time to sell any empty property, and with auctions you will get a quick sale.”
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