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Auction roundup – will commercial auctions top resi ones in 2022?

This week we’re going commercial, with Allsop’s commercial auction achieving a 91% success rate this month and Shepherd Commercial Auctions appointed to market public sector lots on behalf of the Scottish Government.

Allsop achieves 91% success rate in first commercial sale of 2022

UK property consultancy Allsop kicked off 2022 with a near-perfect (91%) success rate in its February auction.

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It raised £34.7 million from 57 lots, with almost a third of successful buyers having never purchased at auction before. This is nearly double the proportion before the pandemic.

Some 32% of lots were purchased by first-time auction buyers, up from 17% in 2019 and 20% in 2020. Meanwhile, the average lot size in Allsop’s February auction rose 19% on December’s average, as more than a fifth of lots sold from over £1 million.

Having raised £584 million in 2021, Allsop’s first commercial auction of the year was once again dominated by retail investments. In total, retail accounted for 74% of the value of lots sold, including the sale of a portfolio of Boots’ pharmacies.

Other highlights include:

Lot 19 – the largest lot sold on the day was a retail warehouse in March, Cambridgeshire, that is fully let to B&M Retail Limited at £161,000 per annum and sits on a 1.8-acre site sold for £2.712 million (5.6% NIY).

Lot 35 – a Grade II mixed-use investment in Milton Keynes, comprising a restaurant and flat, offices and yoga studio that sold for £1.495 million (7.8% NIY).

Lot 1 – a retail unit in Wimbledon, with a large three bedroom maisonette above, which is entirely let until 2025 at £33,000 p.a. It sold for £1.082 million (2.9% NIY).

Boots Portfolio – a nationwide portfolio of 13 pharmacies let to Boots with between three years and eight years term certain. Sold 12 at a combined price of £6.3 million (average NIY: 6.1%).

George Walker, partner and Auctioneer at Allsop, comments: “It was encouraging to see a wide variety of new buyers entering the market – many of whom were bidding competitively across multiple lots – as well as special purchasers including tenants and neighbouring owners, demonstrating the wide appeal of our auctions.”

“The growth in buyers purchasing at auction for the first time highlights how vendors and buyers are increasingly attracted to auctions as part of their acquisition strategy. As this trend continues, we will likely see more vendors adopt a hybrid approach of auction and private treaty to secure the best deal – a trend we are already seeing with growing frequency.”

Allsops next commercial property auction will take place online on March 24 2022.

Shepherd auctions public sector properties with government go-ahead

Shepherd Commercial Auctions has been appointed to market for sale by auction a range of public sector properties on behalf of the Scottish Government.

The contract, which will encompass a broad range of public bodies, is for an initial two-year period with an option to extend.

The intention is to operate four auctions on behalf of the Scottish Government each year.

The appointment follows Shepherd Commercial Auctions’ announcement that it has secured £6 million of property sales from start-up within its first year of operation after its biggest auction to date in October, which saw 30 lots selling some £3.55 million of property under the hammer on the day.

Commenting on the appointment, Shepherd Partner Kevin Bell says: “We’re delighted to secure this prestigious appointment from the Scottish Government, which acknowledges the benefits to be had from selling a range of properties at an auction managed by a professional chartered surveying practice with a range of specialist surveyors based across the length and breadth of the country offering extensive expertise coupled with in-depth local market knowledge.”

A Scottish Government spokesman adds: “Shepherd Commercial Auctions were chosen through the results of a robust tendering process and their experience as an established player in the Scottish commercial property marketplace ensures they will be able to provide strategic advice on the optimal disposal of a range of public sector land and buildings at auction.”

“Among the benefits of the online auction process, it offers are the speed of transaction together with the ability to achieve the best value from a transparent live stream competitive auction process open to all.”

Shepherd Commercial Auctions’ first auction on behalf of the Scottish Government is scheduled to take place in the first quarter of this year.

Cyclopark in Kent sells for whopping £1.2m at Clive Emson

Clive Emson’s first auction of the year saw bidding escalate for a 'wheel deal' cyclopark in Kent.

The cyclopark – which describes a multi-sport open-air centre for activities, such as a skatepark – sold for £1,213,000 after a fierce bidding war.

Currently let at £30,600 per annum to Kent Country Council, the location at Gravesend went for £733,000 above estimate (lot 33).

Managing director James Emson comments: “The interest was phenomenal, with 200 bids made and the final one sprinting in at nearly 65.5% above guide. Our varied selection of lots continues to deliver for buyers and sellers alike.”

Auction roundup – will commercial auctions top resi ones in 2022?

The site was among 102 lots listed across southern England with Clive Emson, which works with a network of 850-plus estates agents.

Overlooking the green at Benenden, Kent, a former Victorian-era school fetched £768,000 with 36 bids (lot 51), which was £288,000 above the lower guide price range.

Keeping with education, a former library and school master’s house overlooking the green at Bearsted, Kent, went for £702,000 against (lot 95). There were 159 bids, with the final bid £322,000 above estimate.

Buildings with religious connections also went under the hammer. They are a Methodist chapel and Sunday school near Helston, Cornwall (lot 66, £159,950), and a former church hall near Uckfield, East Sussex (lot 70, £201,500).

A phone mast at Gravesend, Kent, sold for £115,000 against the guide of £50,000 and is currently let at £9,000 per annum (lot 54).

In Blackheath, London, a lock-up garage – one of a row of four – fetched £30,000 (lot 69).

Requiring improvement, a two-bedroom mid-terrace cottage on the north coast of Cornwall, in the village of St Agnes, went for £203,600 against the guide of £145,000 (lot 5).

Clive Emson has already raised over £18 million in sales this year, with the February auction achieving a success rate of over 75%.

The firm’s next auction ends on Wednesday March 23, with the catalogue going live from Friday March 4.

Bond Wolfe reports strong start to 2022 with £17.7m raised

Strong bidding saw the hammer come down at four times the guide price of numerous properties in Bond Wolfe’s first auction of the year, with total sales hitting £17.7 million.

A three-bedroomed, mid-terraced house at 217 Charles Road in Small Heath, Birmingham sold for £200,000 at the auction on 9 February from a guide price of £50,000-plus.

And a freehold commercial and residential property at 1471 Pershore Road in the up-and-coming trendy suburb of Stirchley sold for £190,000, also from a guide price of £50,000-plus.

These were just two of the outstanding results that saw Bond Wolfe sell 132 of the 146 lots offered, recording an overall success rate of 91%.

Bond Wolfe chief executive Gurpreet Bassi comments: “The year has got off to a strong start with our first auction which raised over £17.7 million in sales.”

“The property market remains buoyant, and the outlook is looking even more positive with further easing of Covid restrictions.”

Another lot that raised competitive bids was for freehold land where the Rising Sun pub used to be located at Barton Street in West Bromwich. This was successfully sold on behalf of Sandwell Council for £192,000 from a guide price of £50,000-plus.

Over in Wolverhampton at 139 Tettenhall Road, a four-bedroomed, semi-detached house sold for £235,000 from a guide price of £170,000-plus.

Up in Staffordshire, a former health centre at Hudson Drive in Burntwood sold for £490,000 from a guide price of £400,000-plus.

Auction roundup – will commercial auctions top resi ones in 2022?

Back in Birmingham, other strong sales included three self-contained flats in an end-terraced property at 1 Abbotsford Road in Sparkbrook, which sold for nearly three times the £100,000-plus guide price at £296,000.

Meanwhile, freehold retail premises at 184 Sutton New Road in Erdington being sold on behalf of Birmingham City Council went for £387,000 from a guide price of £200,000-plus.

There was also a new future beginning for the former Brennan’s Bar at 2 Regent Street in Long Eaton, Derbyshire, a property that was once the town’s Conservative Club. This had a guide price of £250,000-plus and was successfully sold prior to auction for £375,000.

Bond Wolfe reported high interest with 596,868 website page views, 150,170 video tours watched, 39,140 legal documents downloaded and 22,985 viewers logging in to the auction.

Bassi adds: “Our first auction of the year proved there is phenomenal buyer interest for property up and down the UK. With many agencies reporting low stock levels, it could be a fantastic time to sell a property by auction.”

Bond Wolfe’s next auction starts at 9am on Wednesday March 30 2022.

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