February ’17 Auction Analysis – Prices for Quality Lots now Stabilising

What we saw in 2016 following Brexit was an increasing divergence in pricing between secure, blue-chip properties with long leases and riskier ones in secondary locations, as investors became risk-averse. Yields of ca. 5%, which were previously reserved for London investments, are now being paid for quality properties nationwide.

Analysis of the Yield Gap between Prime (ARAS Lower) and Secondary (ARAS Upper) Conducted by Acuitus / MSCI

Analysis of the Yield Gap between Prime (ARAS Lower) and Secondary (ARAS Upper) Conducted by Acuitus / MSCI

The trend continued in the first national commercial property auction round of 2017, but finally this pricing appears to have stabilised. The auction houses’ 90%+ sales rates suggest sellers’ and buyers’ pricing expectations are in line - a sign of price stability. Low-interest rates and buy-to-let tax changes continue to drive demand for commercial property, but now also competitive finance is increasingly being made available by 'challenger banks'. And with rents can now mostly re-based from their 2007 highs, properties are easier to compare. Some uncertainty remains around the impact of business rates changes, but at least this should help out many High Streets in the regions.

The below blue-chip investments are representative of the pricing for quality investments in the current 'post-Brexit' environment. To be clear, most lots sold in auction don't meet our criteria of quality investments and our regular Auction Analysis commentary is not intended to cover those lots; its intention is to give our readers an idea of what good quality, hassle-free properties are selling for in the open market.

Lot 33 - Spar, Kelloe, Durham
Spar Kelloe

Description: Freehold, single-storey, 1,921 sq.ft. convenience store with basement storage on a 0.2 acre site with 5 car parking spaces

Tenancy: Let to North East Convenience Stores (owned by James Hall & Co, a distributor to 600 Spar stores in North England) for 10 years from 21/07/2016 for £25,000 p.a. FR&I

Location: Central location in Kelloe, a small village 6.8 miles south-east of Durham in North-East England

Guide Price: £300,000 - £325,000 (8.3% - 7.7% gross)

Result: £377,500 (6.6% gross)

Our comment: We advised our client to sell this small, blue-chip investment via Auction given it ticked many of the boxes of your typical private investor i.e. small lot size, 10 year lease, strong covenant, whole building & parking. Whilst the location is fairly rural, it is the only convenience store in the village. The eventual buyer was a local investor who saw off 3 other local bidders in a 4-way telephone bidding war!

Lot 37 - Independent Vetcare, Bristol

IVC BristolDescription: Virtual Freehold, ground floor 1,808 sq. ft. Vet Practice with 8 car parking spaces

Tenancy: Let to Independent Vetcare Ltd for 15 years from 18/03/2016 for £31,000 p.a. FR&I

Location: Affluent suburb of Bristol, within a commercial parade on an arterial road leading into the city centre

Guide Price: £450,000+ (6.9%)

Result: £587,500 (5.3% gross)

Our comment: A well-located property let for 15 years to a strong covenant is a rare find these days, and the medical usage makes it even more attractive. We initially sounded out a few of our private buyers about this in Autumn 2016 and put it under offer at a lower price to a SIPP investor. Regrettably, their SIPP was unable to transact in the timeframe demanded by the seller (not an uncommon occurrence) and we booked it into auction. The eventual buyer was the original SIPP investor - he liked the property, had done his homework and did not want to let it go.

Lot 17 - 3 Shops, Flat & Rear Workshop, Kenton, Greater London

KentonDescription: Freehold building comprising 3 shops, a rear workshop, a 1st floor flat & disused 2nd floor, with parking for 4 cars

Tenancy: Commercial units let to independent tenants (Dry Cleaners, Minicab, Computer Shop, Music Studio) on FR&I leases & flat let on an AST. Total rent: £33,720 p.a.

Location: Busy and popular London suburb, right next to Kenton Station

Guide Price: £600,000+ (5.6% gross)

Result: £705,000 (4.8% gross)

Our comment: There is potential to convert the disused 2nd floor into another flat in the medium term, and doing so would increase the yield (and value) significantly. We advised the seller to place this in the Barnett Ross auction expecting it to greatly appeal to their property-savvy local buyers, and there was huge interest. Whilst demand for residential buy-to-let property has waned following recent tax changes, many investors are looking at shops with flats where those tax rules do not apply.



If you are looking for a commercial property investment in 2017 by auction or privately we can assist. We have a number of off-market investments available now, and will be actively buying and selling in the upcoming March auctions.  To discuss further and to be added to our active investor mailing list please contact Nilesh stating your requirement.



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