September saw 'B' for bonkers with some incredible bidding in the room. Most notable was a semi detached house in Sheffield with large garden, bids started at £100,000 and after 3 or 4 super keen bidders battled it out the hammer fell at an astounding £221,000. The auction raised over 1.5million in sales in around an hour so 'B' for a buoyant auction room feels quite appropriate here.
September also allowed me a unique opportunity to stand with paintbrush in hand side by side one of Sheffield legends! I successfully bid on an auction lot earlier in the year with Museum Sheffield and joined a group of other successful bidders to join the one and only Joe Scarborough in a painting masterclass. We had a wonderful day creating our own 'masterpieces' and Joe was an excellent teacher showing us all his method, skill and flair and guiding us all to complete wonderful oil paintings. Joe is currently exhibiting at Weston Park Museum with his ‘Life in the Big Village’ which has drawn together over 60 of his paintings and drawings for the first major retrospective in over 25 years. His affectionate, often humorous, depictions of everyday scenes of Yorkshire life pay tribute to the region and the spirit of its people. Whether glimpses into bygone eras or celebrations of landmarks across Sheffield and beyond, his bold, joyful paintings have become instantly recognisable. The exhibition closes on 24th November and I urge everyone to go and view one of Sheffield's best-loved artists' works - www.museumssheffield.org.uk
The penultimate auction of the year presents a superb mix of lots yet again. We can suit all pockets, all types and all projects. For those looking for a rather splendid development we have 13 West Lawn in Ashbrooke a much sought after location with lovely views over the cricket lawns. The house is ideal to renovate into a fabulous family resident or maybe develop into three stunning apartments, either way location, location, location is spot on here. Out in the Peak District National Park we have a detached bungalow which needs some building work but it is sat in large grounds so an extension may be suited here. Semi rural location and if you need land then look no further at Myers Grove Cottage, set in a mature and wooded location with just over 1.05acres of land, this could be the dream home for you. For long term buy to let investors we have a long term sitting tenant in a tidy terrace in Sheffield, for student buy to let investors a let investment in Sheffield City Centre and then a number of vacant units with heaps of buy to let potential. If it's a Winter project you are after then we have a period semi detached home in Nether Edge currently split into flats but with some TLC could be a family home again. Most of the lots in the catalogue have multiples options and future uses so call the local agent and get your viewings booked nice and early.
For those not bought at auction you do need to do your homework beforehand, so legal packs can now be downloaded online in advance of the sale and if you have any questions at all the Auction Coordinator Steph would love to hear from you so give her a call on 0114 254 1185 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Don't forget if you can't attend the auction on auction day and you still want to bid we can arrange telephone and proxy bids for you, head to the website for more information or give us a call to arrange. (We cannot set up telephone bids on the day of the auction, you need to have advised us well in advance so please don’t leave it until the last minute, we do have rules and regulations and being the good law abiding citizens we are we will adhere to them!) Also a polite reminder that we now require any parties wanting to bid in the auction to pre-register. They can either do that direct with Blundells or Bridgfords/Frank Innes/Spencers/Dixons/Bairstow Eves office before the date of the auction or on the auction day itself. On auction day you will not be allowed to bid on any of the lots unless we have seen all your ID (photo and proof of address), proof of funds and solicitors details, so please take time to ensure you bring everything with you on the 30th and arrive early to be sure you register in time!! Doors open at 11am...
Myself and the Blundells Auction team were delighted with the September results, auctions have totally bucked the trend in comparison to house sales via private treaty having huge appeal to buyer and great seller certainty with a quicker time frame. We are already taking instructions for the final auction of 2019 which takes place on 17th December so make sure you register on our mailing list online so not to avoid the early release previews. For those thinking of selling if you have a property, land or investment to sell and require an appraisal as to its suitability to be sold at auction please me know. I can offer a fantastic alternative to an open market listing and a realistic valuation with a fast pace route to exchange. We also have the Kelly and Blundells lettings team at the auction room so if you need any lettings advice or 'Buy to Let' info these are the guys and girls to ask.
Enjoy your viewings, I look forward to seeing you on the rostrum in October…
and Auctioneer for Blundells Property Auctions