Vendors turn to auctions amid cooling housing market conditions

Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2023

There has been a notable increase in the number of home sellers turning to the auction room to combat cooling housing market conditions, according to new research from Moverly.

The digital property pack provider analysed historic data on the property auction market, looking at the number of homes sold at auction, the average price of an auction property and the total value of property sold, to see whether a cooling housing market has further increased people’s interest in the auction room.

The research shows that the number of properties coming to auction in the UK has risen by 11.3% in the past year, rising from 13,854 lots in 2021/22 to 15,424 in 2022/23.

While the average price of an auction property has declined by 1.8% year-on-year to £190,871, there was still around £2.9bn worth of residential property sold at auction in 2022/23.

According to 2022/23 figures, the region in which the most properties are going under the hammer is the North West (2,839) followed by Yorkshire & Humber (2,107).

But the biggest annual increase in the number of auction properties has been recorded in Scotland (53.8%) followed by the South West (26.4%).

While auction prices have cooled across the majority of regions in the last year, some parts of the UK have still seen prices rise, including Scotland (20.5%), Yorkshire & Humber (2.4%), the West Midlands (1%), and North East (0.9%).

When it comes to the total value of auction sales in the past year, London homes top the table with a total value of £794.5 million.

South East sales have totalled £554.6 million while homes under the hammer in the North West have a combined value of £308.9 million.

Moverly co-founder, Ed Molyneux, commented: “In cooling market conditions, many sellers are struggling to find and secure good buyers. Rather than playing the waiting game while property values continue to stutter, an increasing number are heading to the auction room, accepting the marginal hit on the sale price in return for a quick and certain transaction.

“At the same time, while UK house prices are indeed cooling, they’re still relatively high after the past few years of incredible market boom. And so we’re also seeing a good number of everyday buyers heading to auction, too, aware that they might be able to scoop up an affordable bargain at an expensive time.

“And we mustn’t ignore the influence of online auctions – they have somewhat democratised the property auction process enabling normal homebuyers to feel more confident in what was, for a long time, a challenging and intimidating environment for inexperienced auction-goers.”

Via @PropertyIndustryEye