Want to sell your house by private treaty before Christmas? You may already be too late, says Auction House, after record sales

Want to sell your house by private treaty before Christmas?

You may already be too late, says Auction House, after record sales 


Auction House – operating as Auction House Coventry and Warwickshire - is reporting its best-ever half year results in terms both of lots sold and money raised.


In the first six months of 2022, the group sold 1,975 lots from 2,338 offered (a success rate of 84.5%) and raised over £316m (£316,581,100) in the process. This marks a 12% increase in sales since the company’s previous best figures in 2019, when 1,752 lots were sold (from 2,277 offered).


It also represents a 13% increase in money raised on behalf of its clients, compared to its previous best total in 2021, when the figure stood at just over £278m.


Commenting on the figures, Sally Smith, Auctioneer and Director said: “These latest figures represent yet another important milestone in the Auction House success story. To continue to beat previous records, year on year like this, is nothing short of remarkable. What’s more, we are seeing impressive auction results all over the UK, including record-breaking sales in London, Cumbria, East Anglia and West Yorkshire.


“Not only do buyers and sellers increasingly appreciate unconditional auction as a method of sale, but it’s providing the perfect answer for those looking for that essential combination of speed and certainty, which the private treaty market simply cannot provide.”


Her comments come as the latest figures from Zoopla show the average time taken from searching for a home to exchange via the traditional private treaty method is rising – currently standing at around 170 days, or five and a half months.


Sally Smith added: “In the height of the British summer, it seems ridiculous to suggest that those wanting to sell their home via private treaty before Christmas may already be too late. But that’s the unfortunate reality.


“Contrast that with unconditional auction, when a few weeks of active marketing before the date of the auction can lead to the deal being done on the fall of the hammer. And whilst selling prices in estate agency often end up lower than the quoted guide price, the bidding process in the competitive environment of an auction means the final selling price is often higher. For many properties out there, there’s no better way!”


However, Auction House is sounding a note of caution over expectations, saying that the second half of the year is likely to be more testing than the first.


Sally Smith explained: “Nationally, the statistics show that the rate of monthly house price growth fell to its lowest rate since December 2019, with average values up just 0.1% in May this year. So, despite what appears to be a very robust situation currently, there are signs that the impetus in the property market as a whole is slowing, and buyers are becoming more sensitive to price.


“We put this down to a complex cocktail of soaring inflation, rising interest rates and the cost-of-living crisis – which, taken together, are likely to make the back half of the year more challenging.”