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No need to wait – here’s how you can sell your property safely in the second lockdown

As a second nationwide lockdown begins, the experts at SDL Auctions are offering reassurances that property sales can still go ahead safely.

Managing director and auctioneer Andrew Parker said: “There may be a feeling of ‘here we go again’ across the country and people may assume they have to put their property plans on hold. But nothing could be further from the truth – we are up and running and able to operate safely within the rules.”

The auctioneer has proved that remote selling is both popular and works well, with its monthly national property auctions and timed auctions having raised £150 million for sellers this year. In October alone, SDL Auctions raised £20 million for sellers, maintaining its position as the UK’s most successful live-streamed auctioneer.

Andrew added: “It’s been an year of innovation for SDL Auctions as we adapted to the first lockdown back in the spring. We’ve been holding hugely popular live-streamed national property auctions every month since then and have seen unprecedented buyer and seller demand.

“Thanks to systems we already had in place, along with some new innovations, we can conduct the whole auctions process safely, following latest government guidelines and maintaining social distancing. We would like to reassure buyers and sellers that there is no need to wait for the second lockdown to end – we are still open for business.”

The next SDL Auctions National Property Auction is taking place on Thursday 26th November and will once again be conducted via live-stream from the company’s head office auction studio. There is already a diverse range of lots for sale online including an attractive former schoolhouse in Solihull.

Being sold in partnership with Senate Property Services and dating back to around 1888, Hillfield Cottage, 275 Widney Lane is a detached period cottage in an affluent area. The three bedroomed property retains some period features and is ready to move into, although auctioneers believe it could benefit from some sympathetic renovation. The *guide price is £375,000+.

In Derbyshire there’s another period property in a popular area. The Edwardian-style double-fronted 15 Wyver Lane in Belper is in one of the town’s finest locations, close to Belper River Gardens and the Wyver Lane Nature Reserve, yet still within walking distance of shops.

The property, which has a guide price of £245,000+ and requires refurbishment, has a Minton-tiled entrance hall, two reception rooms, a good-sized dining kitchen, three genuine double bedrooms, a refitted shower room and potential for a loft conversion, subject to planning permission. Outside is an enclosed elevated garden.

Andrew said: “Both of these properties are charming and in great locations. They would appeal to investors and developers looking for a project, or private buyers seeking their next home.”

Among the commercial lots is a freehold former bank in Stoke-on-Trent with a guide price of £155,000+. Comprising retail, office and residential accommodation in a prime location, the three-storey 2-4 Moorland Road is considered suitable for conversion to a House in Multiple Occupation with a part commercial ground floor, or a full redevelopment into apartments, subject to the necessary planning permissions.

Despite the challenges of 2020, customer confidence in SDL Auctions has never wavered, thanks to its uninterrupted services throughout the coronavirus crisis. In fact, demand has never been higher, with a 17% rise in valuation requests, a 12% increase in the number of lots sold and 21% more in value raised for sellers compared to the same period last year.

Andrew said: “We are truly grateful for the support of our clients in this challenging year and are proud to have been able to sell more than 1,000 properties on their behalf. As the uncertainty continues, there really is no better time to give us a try as an auction is the best place to secure a sale quickly, securely and for the best price.”

Despite the lockdown, you can still sell your property in the next national property auction on Thursday 26th November. All government guidelines will be followed so the whole process is carried out safely. For more information, or to request a free, no-obligation auction valuation, click here or call 0800 046 5454.