The auctions market has bounced back robustly this year, with activity levels in Q2 and Q3 taking transaction figures back to 2017 levels. Over the next 30 minutes we’ll investigate whether this bounce back is a post-pandemic distortion or whether this activity will continue into 2022 and beyond.



Richard Auterac, chairman and auctioneer, Acuitus

Auterac is probably the best-known professional auctioneer and commentator on the UK commercial property auction and private investor markets having overseen the sale of more than £7bn of individual property assets. He has more than 40 years’ real estate advisory experience, and was a founding director of Acuitus in 2010. His main focus is on the development and expansion of Acuitus, and in ensuring that the company delivers a best-in-class service to its clients. He is responsible for promoting the brand and raising awareness amongst a diverse range of investors across the UK and internationally. He is a leading promoter of technology and research in enhancing client service. In his role as chairman of the Real Estate Auction Group of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors he leads the UK real estate auction industry in adopting the highest ethical and professional standards. He is a member of the Investment Property Forum and has sat on the Bank of England Residential and Commercial Property Forums among other professional and educational organisations.

Jo Seth-Smith, investment manager, OLIM Property

Seth-Smith qualified as a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 2003. She has more than 17 years’ of commercial property investment experience at JLL, LaSalle Investment Management and Acuitus and joined OLIM Property in 2017.

Julia Cahill, associate editor, EG

Cahill has almost 20 years’ experience in real estate and business journalism, covering a wide range of topics. She helps ensure EG delivers the best, most helpful, most accurate and, of course, most interesting content to EG’s readership across all platforms – print, online and audio.

Neel Shah, managing director, Deekay Group

Shah is responsible for the strategic management of the business with a particular focus on investment acquisitions, sales, financing and fund management. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Certified Accountants, a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and the Investment Property Forum.

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