Results from Barnett Ross Auction July 2012
On Tuesday 17th July 2012 PropVestment attended the 60th Barnett Ross Auction in London, to find that the UK property market shows mixed feelings, with development projects selling very well.
Buyers demand high yields
Sellers demand high prices
Development projects sell well, buyers willing to take risks for returns
Means market is still slow for traditional sales
Most of the properties and lots in this auction were of a commercial or development projects nature.With only 2 of the 69 lots as pure residential. It can be seen as a successful auction on the day with 70% lots sold on or prior, however this is comparatively less to the 92% success to their last auction in May.
One of our clients showed interest in a standard commercial and another lot with development potential. We were able to get the commercial lot at a very reasonable price, resulting in a rental yield of 9.6%. The winning bid was over guide but the returns and limited risk meant this was a very good deal for our client. We was expecting more competition however as the lot was just outside the hot market that is London there was less interest from inexperienced investors that have a premium and preference for London only property.
For the other lot that was a risky and uncertain proposition for future development. We advised our client of the potential returns once site was cleared and planning obtained. A strategy was put in place to bid up to 150% of the guide. Unfortunately the lot sold at over 400% guide.
Due to confidentiality we cannot reveal these details but here are some highlights of the auction:
Developments Projects Selling Well
- Lot 2: Reserve Below £100k, Sold at £170k – Freehold vacant corner property in Ilford
- Lot 3: Reserve Below £150k, Sold at £700k – Total derelict shop unit with potential for 3 story development in Kings Cross.
- Lot 61: Reserve Below £175k, Sold at £257k, Vacant office and first floor flat in NW2, potential for 2x one bedroom flats.
- Lot 67: Reserve Below £7k, Sold at £34k, vacant land and potential for more adjacent as unregistered, potential for house or flats. in SE25
- Lot 23 Sold at £725k, Rental £93k with 2 vacant units – 13% yield with rise possible – Industrial in Tottenham
- Lot 25 – Sold £215k, Rental £29k – 13.5% yield. – 2 shops in Cheshire.
Sellers Keeping Reserves too high?
Over 22 lots where the reserve was not met, a fair few where the difference was only a few thousand, possibly 1% of the asking price. Some will have sold after but this shows why the market is so slow, sellers holding out at higher prices and buyers and demanding higher yields and so will not pay too high a price.
If you require any assistance or property advice: call us today 07960 344399 for a FREE consultationinfo based on observation from the Barnett Ross Auction, data correct as to what was observed.