“Perfect window of opportunity for sellers” says Auction
as busier August boosts numbers
House – operating as Auction House Loveitts in Coventry and Warwickshire - says
that there has rarely been a better time to sell property, following an August
of increased sales during what is traditionally a slack holiday month for the industry.
Improved supply and high demand meant
that the UK’s largest property auctioneer sold 90 lots from 124 offered at a steady
success rate of 73% (72.6%) and raised £12.4m (£12,421,000) in the process. This
year’s result was more than two-thirds up on 2019 – proof of the higher
activity level and strengthening performance of the sector.
Commenting on the month’s results, Sally
Smith, Auctioneer and Director said: “What we are experiencing now is a perfect
window of opportunity for sellers. Indeed, there are three key reasons why those
with surplus properties should get them entered into our forthcoming auctions
in September, October and November.
“Firstly, the auctions market is buoyant;
selling prices have risen and buyers are plentiful. This is undoubtedly in part
down to the current Stamp Duty holiday announced by the Chancellor back in July,
which is due to remain in place until the end of March.
“Secondly, commentators are
suggesting that potential changes to Capital Gains Tax (CGT) may soon be
announced. Obviously, it makes sense to achieve an auction exchange prior to
any such tax increases. So it’s important for sellers to check out how this
might affect them, and act accordingly.
“Thirdly, we have now entered Autumn,
and the cold wet weather of winter will soon be with us. Past experience shows
that vacant properties can deteriorate significantly during the winter months -
and therefore our best advice is to sell before the weather breaks.”
Auction House is reporting
strengthening performance post-lockdown, with cumulative sales since the start
of 2020 of 1,849 to the end of August, at a success rate of 78% (77.7%), with
over £237m raised so far (£237,344,675).
Sally Smith added: “So while
the effects of Covid-19 are still with us, the auctions market continues to
offer a huge number of opportunities. Auction House has 620 lots entered for sale
in September – which is more than any other auctioneer and the highest monthly
total since February, before the lockdown began.
will be attracted by the choice and diversity of properties being offered and
the keen guide prices always associated with auctions. And of course the continuing
Stamp Duty holiday is an additional stimulus to the market. Buyer confidence is
strong, boosted by pent up demand, the current shortage of rental accommodation
plus the knowledge that property is traditionally the best hedge against
desire to buy property has been extremely high post-lockdown. The lots that
Auction House is auctioning in September offer the opportunities that so many
have been searching for.”