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March 2020 Newsletter

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Welcome to the March newsletter that looks back at auction activity in February and preceding periods. Reviewing the results for February, it is heartening to see that for the first time since February 2018 we have seen more green ‘up’ arrows than red ‘down’ arrows, and this is probably due to the direction of Brexit being determined, a majority Government with a sense of direction and political stability.

However, having just got the above behind us, we are now faced with a potentially much bigger challenge to the country and property auctions with the worldwide outbreak of the Covid-19 virus. The effect has been seismic, and within a matter of weeks we find ourselves working from home in isolation and with the prospect of no room auctions taking place for several months at least.

Here at EIG over the past week, we have been working with over 75 different auction houses to enable them to host their auctions online so that bidders, auctioneers and their staff can work in a safe environment. Feedback from auctioneers is that vendors and buyers have been very supportive of this change and hopefully this will be borne out in the future results, though many other factors are doubtless going to come into play with the fluid situation and restrictions changing daily, and like you I do hope normality returns as soon as possible.

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Overall Statistics February 2020
Auctions Held in the UK 107
Total Lots Offered 3,568
Total Lots Sold 2,806
Percent Sold 78.6%
Total Realised £488,249,008

National Auction Analysis

As I alluded to above, February was a refreshing set of positive results for both the month of February and the preceding quarter. Overall lots offered, sold and % sold all up, and only tiny drops in amounts raised. The residential sector on its own faired even better with uplifts in the 4 metrics used for the past month and quarter, and the total raised up almost 10% for the month.

The commercial has been seeing smaller lot sizes coming through the room of late, and this was borne out with the reduction in amount raised. However, on a positive note the number of lots offered and sold rose almost 10% and the % sold rate remained steady.

Overall

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

February 2020 December 2019 to February 2020 March 2019 to February 2020
Lots Offered 3,568 (3,394) 5.1% 7,384 (7,278) 1.5% 28,923 (31,508) 8.2%
Lots Sold 2,806 (2,569) 9.2% 5,709 (5,455) 4.7% 21,933 (23,364) 6.1%
Percent Sold 78.6% (75.7%) 3.8% 77.3% (75.0%) 3.1% 75.8% (74.2%) 2.2%
Total Raised £488.2M (£492.0M) 0.8% £948.6M (£985.9M) 3.8% £3,626.2M (£4,094.1M) 11.4%

Residential

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

February 2020 December 2019 to February 2020 March 2019 to February 2020
Lots Offered 2,999 (2,876) 4.3% 6,260 (6,170) 1.5% 24,548 (26,413) 7.1%
Lots Sold 2,375 (2,173) 9.3% 4,868 (4,594) 6.0% 18,641 (19,468) 4.2%
Percent Sold 79.2% (75.6%) 4.8% 77.8% (74.5%) 4.4% 75.9% (73.7%) 3.0%
Total Raised £370.9M (£338.4M) 9.6% £711.7M (£674.2M) 5.6% £2,688.8M (£2,931.8M) 8.3%

Commercial

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

February 2020 December 2019 to February 2020 March 2019 to February 2020
Lots Offered 569 (518) 9.8% 1,124 (1,108) 1.4% 4,375 (5,095) 14.1%
Lots Sold 431 (396) 8.8% 841 (861) 2.3% 3,292 (3,896) 15.5%
Percent Sold 75.7% (76.4%) 0.9% 74.8% (77.7%) 3.7% 75.2% (76.5%) 1.7%
Total Raised £117.3M (£153.6M) 23.6% £236.9M (£311.7M) 24.0% £937.4M (£1,162.3M) 19.4%

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

December 2019 to February 2020 Total Residential Commercial
Lots Offered 263 (297) 11.4% 216 (232) 6.9% 47 (65) 27.7%
Lots Sold 185 (212) 12.7% 150 (160) 6.3% 35 (52) 32.7%
Percent Sold 70.3% (71.4%) 1.5% 69.4% (69.0%) 0.6% 74.5% (80.0%) 6.9%
Total Raised £29.7M (£35.5M) 16.3% £22.5M (£23.4M) 3.6% £7.2M (£12.1M) 40.9%

East-MidlandsEast Midlands

December 2019 to February 2020 Total Residential Commercial
Lots Offered 500 (424) 17.9% 418 (353) 18.4% 82 (71) 15.5%
Lots Sold 408 (332) 22.9% 340 (275) 23.6% 68 (57) 19.3%
Percent Sold 81.6% (78.3%) 4.2% 81.3% (77.9%) 4.4% 82.9% (80.3%) 3.2%
Total Raised £57.9M (£46.7M) 24.2% £40.4M (£30.4M) 32.8% £17.6M (£16.3M) 8.1%

LondonLondon

December 2019 to February 2020 Total Residential Commercial
Lots Offered 531 (580) 8.4% 487 (508) 4.1% 44 (72) 38.9%
Lots Sold 447 (434) 3.0% 408 (373) 9.4% 39 (61) 36.1%
Percent Sold 84.2% (74.8%) 12.6% 83.8% (73.4%) 14.2% 88.6% (84.7%) 4.6%
Total Raised £180.4M (£223.9M) 19.4% £156.1M (£166.3M) 6.1% £24.3M (£57.6M) 57.7%

North-EastNorth-East

December 2019 to February 2020 Total Residential Commercial
Lots Offered 874 (760) 15.0% 830 (698) 18.9% 44 (62) 29.0%
Lots Sold 626 (542) 15.5% 601 (508) 18.3% 25 (34) 26.5%
Percent Sold 71.6% (71.3%) 0.4% 72.4% (72.8%) 0.5% 56.8% (54.8%) 3.6%
Total Raised £40.9M (£43.2M) 5.3% £37.3M (£33.8M) 10.4% £3.6M (£9.4M) 61.9%

North-WestNorth-West

December 2019 to February 2020 Total Residential Commercial
Lots Offered 1,189 (1,296) 8.3% 969 (1,095) 11.5% 220 (201) 9.5%
Lots Sold 893 (960) 7.0% 738 (816) 9.6% 155 (144) 7.6%
Percent Sold 75.1% (74.1%) 1.3% 76.2% (74.5%) 2.3% 70.5% (71.6%) 1.5%
Total Raised £98.6M (£90.7M) 8.7% £67.5M (£66.7M) 1.1% £31.1M (£24.0M) 29.9%

North-West-Home-CountiesNorth-West Home Counties

December 2019 to February 2020 Total Residential Commercial
Lots Offered 389 (359) 8.4% 316 (317) 0.3% 73 (42) 73.8%
Lots Sold 315 (280) 12.5% 258 (247) 4.5% 57 (33) 72.7%
Percent Sold 81.0% (78.0%) 3.8% 81.6% (77.9%) 4.7% 78.1% (78.6%) 0.6%
Total Raised £80.4M (£73.9M) 8.8% £60.2M (£57.6M) 4.5% £20.2M (£16.3M) 24.0%

Northern-IrelandNorthern Ireland

December 2019 to February 2020 Total Residential Commercial
Lots Offered 119 (160) 25.6% 98 (142) 31.0% 21 (18) 16.7%
Lots Sold 56 (75) 25.3% 49 (66) 25.8% 7 (9) 22.2%
Percent Sold 47.1% (46.9%) 0.4% 50.0% (46.5%) 7.5% 33.3% (50.0%) 33.4%
Total Raised £4.6M (£6.3M) 27.3% £4.2M (£5.7M) 27.6% £0.4M (£0.5M) 23.8%

ScotlandScotland

December 2019 to February 2020 Total Residential Commercial
Lots Offered 191 (142) 34.5% 142 (116) 22.4% 49 (26) 88.5%
Lots Sold 140 (97) 44.3% 97 (74) 31.1% 43 (23) 87.0%
Percent Sold 73.3% (68.3%) 7.3% 68.3% (63.8%) 7.1% 87.8% (88.5%) 0.8%
Total Raised £16.1M (£10.8M) 48.8% £5.8M (£5.6M) 3.1% £10.3M (£5.2M) 97.6%

South-East-Home-CountiesSouth-East Home Counties

December 2019 to February 2020 Total Residential Commercial
Lots Offered 928 (949) 2.2% 770 (776) 0.8% 158 (173) 8.7%
Lots Sold 751 (719) 4.5% 626 (579) 8.1% 125 (140) 10.7%
Percent Sold 80.9% (75.8%) 6.7% 81.3% (74.6%) 9.0% 79.1% (80.9%) 2.2%
Total Raised £178.3M (£201.2M) 11.4% £129.9M (£123.2M) 5.4% £48.4M (£78.0M) 37.9%

South-WestSouth-West

December 2019 to February 2020 Total Residential Commercial
Lots Offered 453 (434) 4.4% 364 (342) 6.4% 89 (92) 3.3%
Lots Sold 389 (356) 9.3% 313 (275) 13.8% 76 (81) 6.2%
Percent Sold 85.9% (82.0%) 4.8% 86.0% (80.4%) 7.0% 85.4% (88.0%) 3.0%
Total Raised £77.7M (£73.5M) 5.7% £55.7M (£45.7M) 21.9% £22.0M (£27.9M) 21.0%

WalesWales

December 2019 to February 2020 Total Residential Commercial
Lots Offered 446 (469) 4.9% 357 (394) 9.4% 89 (75) 18.7%
Lots Sold 327 (346) 5.5% 273 (292) 6.5% 54 (54) 0.0%
Percent Sold 73.3% (73.8%) 0.7% 76.5% (74.1%) 3.2% 60.7% (72.0%) 15.7%
Total Raised £33.2M (£37.9M) 12.5% £24.5M (£22.5M) 9.0% £8.7M (£15.4M) 43.8%

West-MidlandsWest Midlands

December 2019 to February 2020 Total Residential Commercial
Lots Offered 850 (686) 23.9% 757 (584) 29.6% 93 (102) 8.8%
Lots Sold 669 (513) 30.4% 599 (435) 37.7% 70 (78) 10.3%
Percent Sold 78.7% (74.8%) 5.2% 79.1% (74.5%) 6.2% 75.3% (76.5%) 1.6%
Total Raised £93.2M (£70.5M) 32.2% £71.4M (£47.7M) 49.6% £21.8M (£22.8M) 4.2%

Yorkshire-and-The-HumberYorkshire and The Humber

December 2019 to February 2020 Total Residential Commercial
Lots Offered 651 (722) 9.8% 536 (613) 12.6% 115 (109) 5.5%
Lots Sold 503 (589) 14.6% 416 (494) 15.8% 87 (95) 8.4%
Percent Sold 77.3% (81.6%) 5.3% 77.6% (80.6%) 3.7% 75.7% (87.2%) 13.2%
Total Raised £57.6M (£71.9M) 19.9% £36.3M (£45.6M) 20.3% £21.3M (£26.3M) 19.1%

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A word from the editor

David Sandeman
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David Sandeman
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