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April 2017 Newsletter

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Essential Auction News

Welcome to the April newsletter that looks back at auction activity in March and preceding periods. Overall lots offered was down 6.5% last month, from 2,962 lots to 2,769 lots, whilst lots sold fell by 5.7%, from 2,188 lots to 2,064 lots. The total raised at auction fell by £32M to £402M, down 7.3% from £434M raised in March 2016.

As highlighted last month, the recent falls could be largely attributed to the unprecedented spikes we saw in February and to a lesser extent in March last year, when an influx of buyers and sellers rushed to beat the impending stamp duty hikes.

We may also be witnessing a market which is just easing back the throttle a little. It wouldn't be unsurprsing either, considering that the Government has recently introduced measures to try and cool the buy-to-let market whilst house price inflation has also seemingly slowed. Encouraging though, despite the drop-off in numbers we are still seeing an average sale rate of around 75% which shows sale rooms remain competitive with buyers aplenty.

As ever I welcome any feedback you may have regarding the newsletters or indeed the wider market in general.
Overall Statistics March 2017
Auctions Held in the UK 127
Total Lots Offered 2,769
Total Lots Sold 2,064
Percent Sold 74.5%
Total Realised £402,196,601

National Auction Analysis

The residential sector saw instructions fall by 9.3% last month, down 229 lots to 2,228, whilst sales dropped by almost 8% to 1,646 lots. Figures for Q1 show double-digit falls in lots offered, sold and amount raised, but as mentioned above it should not be cause for alarm as it is almost entirely due to the record-breaking activity seen in Q1 2016 prior to the stamp duty changes.

Commercial lots offered increased by 7% in March, to 541 lots (up from 505 in March 2016), whilst sales grew by almost 5% to 418 lots sold. However, the amount realised from commercial property sales decreased by 14% (down £23M), indicating a rise in smaller lot sizes.

Overall

N.B. Figures in brackets denote the comparative period last year

March 2017 January 2017 to March 2017 April 2016 to March 2017
Lots Offered 2,769 (2,962) 6.5% 7,074 (7,902) 10.5% 33,091 (33,954) 2.5%
Lots Sold 2,064 (2,188) 5.7% 5,444 (6,034) 9.8% 25,109 (26,301) 4.5%
Percent Sold 74.5% (73.9%) 0.8% 77.0% (76.4%) 0.8% 75.9% (77.5%) 2.1%
Total Raised £402M (£434M) 7.3% £1,026M (£1,146M) 10.5% £4,489M (£4,702M) 4.5%

Residential

N.B. Figures in brackets denote the comparative period last year

March 2017 January 2017 to March 2017 April 2016 to March 2017
Lots Offered 2,228 (2,457) 9.3% 5,845 (6,686) 12.6% 27,218 (27,856) 2.3%
Lots Sold 1,646 (1,788) 7.9% 4,451 (5,077) 12.3% 20,478 (21,481) 4.7%
Percent Sold 73.9% (72.8%) 1.5% 76.2% (75.9%) 0.4% 75.2% (77.1%) 2.5%
Total Raised £262M (£271M) 3.3% £713M (£792M) 9.9% £3,127M (£3,324M) 5.9%

Commercial

N.B. Figures in brackets denote the comparative period last year

March 2017 January 2017 to March 2017 April 2016 to March 2017
Lots Offered 541 (505) 7.1% 1,229 (1,216) 1.1% 5,873 (6,098) 3.7%
Lots Sold 418 (400) 4.5% 993 (957) 3.8% 4,631 (4,820) 3.9%
Percent Sold 77.3% (79.2%) 2.4% 80.8% (78.7%) 2.7% 78.9% (79.0%) 0.1%
Total Raised £140M (£163M) 14.0% £313M (£354M) 11.6% £1,362M (£1,378M) 1.2%

Regional Auction Analysis

As is usually the case, variations across all the measurable parameters can be seen across the regions.

N.B. Figures in brackets denote the comparative period last year

East-AngliaEast Anglia

January 2017 to March 2017 Total Residential Commercial
Lots Offered 195 (196) 0.5% 146 (142) 2.8% 49 (54) 9.3%
Lots Sold 160 (148) 8.1% 120 (109) 10.1% 40 (39) 2.6%
Percent Sold 82.1% (75.5%) 8.7% 82.2% (76.8%) 7.0% 81.6% (72.2%) 13.0%
Total Raised £30M (£24M) 24.5% £19M (£15M) 31.6% £11M (£10M) 13.7%

East-MidlandsEast Midlands

January 2017 to March 2017 Total Residential Commercial
Lots Offered 493 (606) 18.6% 411 (509) 19.3% 82 (97) 15.5%
Lots Sold 394 (465) 15.3% 333 (391) 14.8% 61 (74) 17.6%
Percent Sold 79.9% (76.7%) 4.2% 81.0% (76.8%) 5.5% 74.4% (76.3%) 2.5%
Total Raised £59M (£72M) 17.5% £35M (£47M) 24.8% £24M (£25M) 3.8%

LondonLondon

January 2017 to March 2017 Total Residential Commercial
Lots Offered 668 (735) 9.1% 602 (673) 10.5% 66 (62) 6.5%
Lots Sold 504 (607) 17.0% 447 (549) 18.6% 57 (58) 1.7%
Percent Sold 75.4% (82.6%) 8.7% 74.3% (81.6%) 8.9% 86.4% (93.5%) 7.6%
Total Raised £238M (£276M) 13.6% £207M (£233M) 11.5% £32M (£42M) 25.1%

North-EastNorth-East

January 2017 to March 2017 Total Residential Commercial
Lots Offered 690 (757) 8.9% 639 (701) 8.8% 51 (56) 8.9%
Lots Sold 534 (539) 0.9% 496 (502) 1.2% 38 (37) 2.7%
Percent Sold 77.4% (71.2%) 8.7% 77.6% (71.6%) 8.4% 74.5% (66.1%) 12.7%
Total Raised £42M (£45M) 7.7% £33M (£35M) 5.1% £8M (£10M) 16.9%

North-WestNorth-West

January 2017 to March 2017 Total Residential Commercial
Lots Offered 1,118 (1,342) 16.7% 922 (1,137) 18.9% 196 (205) 4.4%
Lots Sold 836 (970) 13.8% 685 (814) 15.8% 151 (156) 3.2%
Percent Sold 74.8% (72.3%) 3.5% 74.3% (71.6%) 3.8% 77.0% (76.1%) 1.2%
Total Raised £91M (£94M) 2.3% £55M (£66M) 17.2% £37M (£28M) 32.9%

North-West-Home-CountiesNorth-West Home Counties

January 2017 to March 2017 Total Residential Commercial
Lots Offered 296 (296) 0.0% 233 (229) 1.7% 63 (67) 6.0%
Lots Sold 234 (249) 6.0% 179 (189) 5.3% 55 (60) 8.3%
Percent Sold 79.1% (84.1%) 5.9% 76.8% (82.5%) 6.9% 87.3% (89.6%) 2.6%
Total Raised £89M (£104M) 14.4% £57M (£58M) 1.9% £32M (£46M) 30.3%

Northern-IrelandNorthern Ireland

January 2017 to March 2017 Total Residential Commercial
Lots Offered 234 (268) 12.7% 196 (226) 13.3% 38 (42) 9.5%
Lots Sold 120 (154) 22.1% 95 (130) 26.9% 25 (24) 4.2%
Percent Sold 51.3% (57.5%) 10.8% 48.5% (57.5%) 15.7% 65.8% (57.1%) 15.2%
Total Raised £9M (£13M) 28.2% £7M (£10M) 30.3% £2M (£3M) 20.4%

ScotlandScotland

January 2017 to March 2017 Total Residential Commercial
Lots Offered 272 (238) 14.3% 172 (188) 8.5% 100 (50) 100.0%
Lots Sold 198 (151) 31.1% 108 (118) 8.5% 90 (33) 172.7%
Percent Sold 72.8% (63.4%) 14.8% 62.8% (62.8%) 0.0% 90.0% (66.0%) 36.4%
Total Raised £28M (£13M) 118.1% £7M (£7M) 2.4% £21M (£6M) 252.3%

South-East-Home-CountiesSouth-East Home Counties

January 2017 to March 2017 Total Residential Commercial
Lots Offered 891 (1,030) 13.5% 741 (847) 12.5% 150 (183) 18.0%
Lots Sold 716 (846) 15.4% 592 (689) 14.1% 124 (157) 21.0%
Percent Sold 80.4% (82.1%) 2.1% 79.9% (81.3%) 1.7% 82.7% (85.8%) 3.6%
Total Raised £195M (£231M) 15.8% £136M (£149M) 9.2% £59M (£82M) 28.0%

South-WestSouth-West

January 2017 to March 2017 Total Residential Commercial
Lots Offered 383 (488) 21.5% 272 (380) 28.4% 111 (108) 2.8%
Lots Sold 300 (369) 18.7% 206 (283) 27.2% 94 (86) 9.3%
Percent Sold 78.3% (75.6%) 3.6% 75.7% (74.5%) 1.6% 84.7% (79.6%) 6.4%
Total Raised £73M (£77M) 4.1% £42M (£50M) 16.1% £32M (£27M) 18.5%

WalesWales

January 2017 to March 2017 Total Residential Commercial
Lots Offered 437 (417) 4.8% 346 (345) 0.3% 91 (72) 26.4%
Lots Sold 327 (324) 0.9% 260 (268) 3.0% 67 (56) 19.6%
Percent Sold 74.8% (77.7%) 3.7% 75.1% (77.7%) 3.3% 73.6% (77.8%) 5.4%
Total Raised £28M (£28M) 0.7% £20M (£19M) 4.4% £8M (£9M) 7.2%

West-MidlandsWest Midlands

January 2017 to March 2017 Total Residential Commercial
Lots Offered 698 (757) 7.8% 580 (636) 8.8% 118 (121) 2.5%
Lots Sold 559 (608) 8.1% 461 (507) 9.1% 98 (101) 3.0%
Percent Sold 80.1% (80.3%) 0.2% 79.5% (79.7%) 0.3% 83.1% (83.5%) 0.5%
Total Raised £86M (£98M) 11.8% £54M (£55M) 1.5% £32M (£43M) 24.9%

Yorkshire-and-The-HumberYorkshire and The Humber

January 2017 to March 2017 Total Residential Commercial
Lots Offered 699 (772) 9.5% 585 (673) 13.1% 114 (99) 15.2%
Lots Sold 562 (604) 7.0% 469 (528) 11.2% 93 (76) 22.4%
Percent Sold 80.4% (78.2%) 2.8% 80.2% (78.5%) 2.2% 81.6% (76.8%) 6.3%
Total Raised £57M (£73M) 21.4% £42M (£48M) 11.9% £15M (£25M) 39.7%

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A word from the editor

David Sandeman
As ever I welcome any feedback you may have regarding the newsletters or indeed the wider market in general.

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