Auctioneers experiencing popularity boost

According to the latest figures released by Essential Information Group (EIG), September saw a 15 per cent increase in the revenue from property auctions compared to statistics of the same period for 2020, signalling an increased appetite for auctions.

Faster property sales

The stamp duty holiday fostered a surge in selling activity throughout the country, leading to conveyancers becoming inundated. The instant exchange process experienced at auction houses has led to many buyers and vendors to flock to property auctions as an alternative option. 

As a result of the busy market, EIG reported £539.5 million in sales — a significant increase from the £338 million and £469 million reported during September 2019 and 2020 respectively. 

Much of the increase was due to an exceptionally busy commercial auction market which generated £154 million in sales. Auctioneers also noted that they had seen an increase in interest from buyers as a result of COVID-19 causing many businesses to operate digitally. 

It is safe to say that interest from sellers and attendance at property auctions has grown over the course of the pandemic and remains just as strong now.

The pandemic has opened consumers eyes to the world of auctioneering and I’m sure the profession will continue to see a large up taking.

Paul Bridgeman President | NAVA Propertymark

Chattels auctions

Hiscox reported online art sales reaching £5 billion in the first six months of 2021, which is a 72 per cent increase compared to the same period in 2020. Analytics firm Pi-eX also reported that the top three public auction houses—Christie’s, Sotheby’s, and Phillips —saw a 405 per cent year-over-year increase in sales during the second quarter of 2021 between the months of April and June.

The surge in auctioneering interest has even opened up employment opportunities, as auctioneers have called for additional chattels resource in order to handle the influx of new people taking to online auctions.

People seem to have now cottoned onto the perks of buying from auction houses compared to retail, especially given the increase in price of raw materials and the number of people looking to buy the items, as they now know they can buy high quality goods for a fraction of the price.

We’re continuing to see an increasing amount of job adverts for valuers and auctioneers due to the increase in demand. The next step for auctioneers is to educate those on the exciting world of auctions to bring more people into the industry.

Craig Bewick Advisory Committee member | NAVA Propertymark

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