BBC TV’s Homes Under the Hammer cameras filmed at Paul Fosh Auctions as one of the busiest sales of the year got under way.
The popular day time programme makers captured proceedings, homing in on the battle between bidders. The programme makers then quizzed various new owners about their intentions with their purchases after the hammer had fallen on a range of properties from across Wales.
Auctioneer Paul Fosh, owner of Newport-based Paul Fosh Auctions, a familiar face on the long running TV show, told bidders ahead of the sale and to a ripple of laughter: “The BBC’s Homes Under the Hammer cameras are here tonight, so if for any reason, perhaps you’re here with someone you shouldn’t be and don’t want to appear on screen, move to the rear of the hall.”
Homes under the Hammer is a popular day time show which follows buyers of property at auction from an initial inspection of an auction house, to the moment the hammer falls and then the ensuing renovation of the property for rental, owner occupation or re sale.
Local property experts are invited to give an initial appraisal of a property pre-renovation and to return, after work has been completed, to offer a valuation as to possible rental and re sale price which could subsequently be achieved.
Paul Fosh, no stranger to the cult show, said: “We often have the Homes Under the Hammer cameras in the hall for our auctions.
“The team are very professional and completely unobtrusive during the sale. Buyers are approached in the ante room immediately after they have bought their lot to see if they want to share their story about what they have bought and why. There is no obligation to be filmed in this way but many are happy to take part.
“It’s fun a few months later to see the property and owners in the Paul Fosh Auctions hall with their new property as it was when they bought it and afterwards and to know how things developed over time.
“It’s generally the quirkier properties which garner the most attention as regards Homes Under the Hammer but south Wales Valleys terraced houses are also popular as are conversions of, for example, former pubs and chapels into living accommodation and how that is achieved for the programme makers.”
“This latest sale threw up a number of properties which may well make the programme including former mining cottages, closed pubs and a gorgeous Treorchy chapel which has already been converted into a fabulous home.”
The Paul Fosh Auctions sale realised a total of £3,287,556 from the sale of 34 lots from the 56 offered at the auction.
The next Paul Fosh Auctions sale in south Wales is on Thursday, June 13, at The Cardiff North Hotel by Accor, Llanedeyrn, Cardiff, starting at 5pm.