Allsop continued to demonstrate market buoyancy this week posting a £56m total from its 15 September residential auction sale. In all 146 lots were sold, 16 raising £1m or more. The total is expected to rise significantly over the next week as the UK’s leading auction house goes to work on selling further lots.

“The sale room was extremely busy from the start” said partner and auctioneer, Gary Murphy. “We knew we had a strong catalogue, and with over £17m under our belts in sales prior, we were off to a great start. Market turbulence appears to have calmed down since the EU referendum. Those vendors who were prepared to get back in the water were not disappointed. There was deep demand for sensibly priced stock at all levels with hammer prices well ahead of expectations in many cases.”

The sale featured a healthy supply of stock from a variety of housing associations. Much conversation post auction centred on a lengthy battle over a pair of adjoining freehold houses in Anerley, London SE20. Arranged as six two bedroom flats and offered with vacant possession at a guide of £1.4m, they were knocked down after ten minutes at £1.91m. And the bidding for a two bedroom garden flat in Godolphin Road, Shepherd’s Bush, London, W12 soon outstripped its guide of £475,000 finally going for £577,500.

Charity lots fared well and none more so than a former hall building in Greenford, Middlesex offered on behalf of St John Ambulance. Guided at £75,000 this single storey structure of 1800 sq ft raised £480,000 from a guide of £75,000.

“There was very keen competition for development opportunities” said Murphy. “Sites or buildings with real potential are sought after currently. Planning or permitted development rights are preferred but not essential to success. As long as pricing is sensible the buyers are there today.”

He continued “I was encouraged that this September’s total was ahead of the £50m we raised this time last year. We are receiving a good volume of potential instructions now for our next sale on 3 November. We expect to have a packed catalogue and another full room.”

At a glance

Property Type Yields Average Lot Size
Assured Shorthold 10.83% £123k
Ground Rents (80 yrs+) 2.89% £40k
Regulated 8.17% £47k


Property Type Average Lot Size for Single Vacant Units
Within the M25 £615k
UK £165k
UK excluding M25 £108k


Lot 17 – Anerley, SE20
Two adjoining freehold semi-detached buildings
Guide £1.4m+
Sold £1.91m

Lot 22 – Greenford, Middlesex
Freehold detached building with possible potential for residential redevelopment
Guide £75,000+
Sold £480,000

Lot 135a – Weybridge, Surrey
Freehold detached seven bedroom family house
Guide £2.25m – £2.5m
Sold £2.43m

Lot 162 – Sutterton, Lincolnshire
Attractive freehold Grade II Listed building formerly used as a restaurant
Guide £100,000+
Sold £185,000


A full listing can be viewed on our website.

Allsop’s next residential sale will be held on Thursday 3rd November 2016 at the Cumberland Hotel, Great Cumberland Place, London W1. Entries are now invited and the list will close on 10th October 2016.

Notes to editor

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