Case Studies

Selling a variety of land and property since 1882

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17 Cumberland Close, Amersham, Buckinghamshire HP7 9NJ
Having been on the market with an agent for nearly a year, we sold this house with its very dated interior 6 weeks after instruction for £10,000 more than the best offer through the agent.
Guide Price: £400,000
Sold Price: £490,000
7 Dunster Gardens, Bedford, Bedfordshire MK41 8BE
This house was asking £385,000 through an agent. It was empty and it then had a bad water leak which caused considerable damage. The keen asking price helped it achieve the pre-damage price!
Guide Price: £250,000
Sold Price: £380,000
Apartment 1509, 26 Hertsmere Road, Poplar, London E14 4EF
Another 1 bed flat in the block had been on the market with another agent for months with an asking price of £475,000, and had not sold. Our clients were therefore delighted when we were able to quickly sell their flat at our auction for a higher price!
Guide Price: £385,000
Sold Price: £480,000
1 Bardwell Road, St. Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 1RQ
Having suffered subsidence and with an ongoing insurance claim, our client was hoping to achieve between £420,000 - £450,000, so he was delighted with the result.
Guide Price: £360,000
Sold Price: £480,000
52 Warren Way, Welwyn, Hertfordshire AL6 0DN
The sellers wanted a buyer who wouldn’t pull out or try renegotiating after they accepted an offer, so they chose to sell at auction. They were even more happy when the bungalow sold for £25,000 more than any of the valuations they had previously received.
Guide Price: £450,000
Sold Price: £550,000
43 Broad Mead, Luton, Bedfordshire LU3 1RX
This house included a shop, and also benefitted from planning consent to extend. With so many options and little to compare it to, auction was the sensible means to establish the value.
Guide Price: £325,000
Sold Price: £350,000
2 Lansdowne Road, Bedford, Bedfordshire MK40 2BU
Under offer through an agent at £370,000, the buyer pulled out. Afterwards this empty house was vandalised and boarded up, so to then sell at auction for £55,000 more was a remarkable achievement!
Guide Price: £280,000
Sold Price: £425,000
Land at Sharpenhoe Road, Barton-le-Clay, Bedford, Bedfordshire MK45 4SE
The seller was a Charitable Trust, and the Trustees understood the importance of an open and public sale that only auction can deliver. Auction also delivered over £100,000 more than the direct offers previously put to them.
Guide Price: £80,000
Sold Price: £245,000
April Cottage, 24 The Slade, Clophill, Bedford, Bedfordshire MK45 4BZ
A formal surveyor’s valuation recommended to the solicitors acting as executors to sell at auction. The surveyor thought the property was worth £230,000, which was almost spot on.
Guide Price: £180,000
Sold Price: £236,000
Silver Birches, Deepdale, Potton, Sandy, Bedfordshire SG19 2NH
The widowed elderly owner now felt vulnerable in such a remote setting and wanted a quick hassle free sale. This she achieved through auction and also achieved more money than expected.
Guide Price: £500,000
Sold Price: £688,000
The Old Mission Hall, Middle Weald, Calverton, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire MK19 6EJ
The seller had purchased this unusual property through us a year earlier, but trying to deal with the planners at the local authority had drained his enthusiasm. Expecting to lose money, he was delighted when the keen guide price helped to deliver a profit.
Guide Price: £30,000
Sold Price: £126,000
76-78 High Street, Kempston, Bedford, Bedfordshire MK42 7AR
Asking £550,000 through the agent, the best offer was £520,000 which went nowhere. Desperate for a quick sale the owners chose auction and got the fast result they wanted. They also got another £46,000!
Guide Price: £400,000
Sold Price: £566,000
303 Bideford Green, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire LU7 2TU
So badly fire damaged, the insurer’s surveyor valued the remains of the property at plot value less demolition costs. Auction found buyers willing to pay a lot more.
Guide Price: £140,000
Sold Price: £265,000
Unit 390, Spring Place Student Halls, 4 Dumfries Street, Luton, Bedfordshire LU1 5FT
Other flats in this block had failed to sell through agents. As property investors search through auction, the owner realised that investment properties like this student flat would sell best at auction. With a great pre-auction bid, the seller sold just 2 weeks after instructing us.
Guide Price: £25,000
Sold Price: £35,000
Land to the east of Kingshill Road, Four Ashes, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire HP15 6LH
Our client was a surveyor with experience of auctions. Consequently, he understood that the only way to sell this unique parcel of land within the Green Belt was through auction. The sale price at over double the guide price didn’t disappoint.
Guide Price: £75,000
Sold Price: £163,000
Mad Dog Paddock, High Street, Odell, Bedford, Bedfordshire MK43 7AR
Having had a planning application refused, then refused again at appeal, the owners of this agricultural building with land were hoping to achieve their surveyor’s estimate of £200,000!
Guide Price: £125,000
Sold Price: £450,000
10 Wingfield Avenue, Maulden, Bedford, Bedfordshire MK45 2DU
Our client knew that other wooden frame buildings in the road had struggled to sell with agents and the final sale price of those that eventually did sell were disappointing. Choosing auction delivered a fast sale with a better than expected sale price.
Guide Price: £95,000
Sold Price: £195,000
The Christadelphian Hall, 15 Albert Street, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP20 1LY
Under the Charites Act, charities are under an obligation not to undersell. Therefore, unusual properties such as this really can only be sold at auction because there is nothing else to compare to, and through competitive bidding, auction delivers market value.
Guide Price: £120,000
Sold Price: £205,000
Studley, Papworth Saint Agnes, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB23 3QU
Suspecting there to be interest from a neighbour but wanting to avoid a long, protracted sale, the seller was more than happy to sell prior to auction, still under auction conditions, to that neighbour.
Guide Price: £320,000
Sold Price: £400,000
Hardwicke Arms Hotel, 96 Ermine Way, Arrington, Royston, Cambridgeshire SG8 0AH
With an awkward layout, dated interior and being Grade II listed, there was plenty to consider with this hotel that had ceased trading. An auction sale was fast and avoided buyers offering and then later changing their minds; an all too common occurrence under a private treaty sale.
Guide Price: £350,000
Sold Price: £402,500
109 Marlborough Road, Bedford, Bedfordshire MK40 4LE
Less than a year earlier, the same size house next door but one had sold for £175,000. That house was in a good condition and our seller, an executor to the late owner’s estate, thought hers would need at least £40,000 spending to bring it up to standard. Auction delivered her a sale price £75,000 more than she expected.
Guide Price: £110,000
Sold Price: £215,000
Sunnyside, Gawcott Road, Buckingham, Buckinghamshire MK18 1DR
This former chapel, without any place to park nearby, was in a very poor condition. It was also a very emotive sale for our client, so we were particularly pleased when he was delighted at how smooth the auction process was and how much the property sold for.
Guide Price: £120,000
Sold Price: £271,000
346 Ruislip Road, Northolt, Middlesex UB5 6BH
Having been used to cultivate cannabis for over a decade, this house was in a shocking condition. The executors just wanted it sold, which it did, to a buyer who chose not to view before buying. Asking for the keys on completion, he was advised that he just needed a cordless screwdriver to remove the screws of the plywood covering the front door!
Guide Price: £150,000
Sold Price: £470,000
Teddy's Barn, Kencot, Lechlade, Gloucestershire GL7 3QT
Not wanting to incur the wrath of all their neighbours by seeking planning approval to convert this barn into a house, yet still wishing to benefit from the hope that it could achieve a planning consent, the sellers realised auction attracts buyers willing to pay for hope value.
Guide Price: £175,000
Sold Price: £214,000
Land at 27 Brooklands Close, Luton, Bedfordshire LU4 9EH
With planning consent for a pair of semi-detached houses, this plot attracted builders who were then forced to compete against each other in the open environment of an auction room. Having put the hammer down, the builder who won had no opportunity to drop the price; an otherwise common occurrence.
Guide Price: £145,000
Sold Price: £276,000