Ahead of Clive Emson’s November auction, managing director James Emson said that while ballroom auctions are ideal, online auctions are still strong and “as long as the price is right, lots will attract bidders”.

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He added that despite the impact of Covid-19, “there is still a strong market for commercial, residential and land” and consistent interest in people “building on, selling and buying land for development”.

The auction house has released a 122-lot catalogue for its next auction on 4 November.

The star lot is a four-bedroom detached house in Benfleet, Essex, which is being offered with a guide price of £850,000. The freehold vacant property comes with planning permission.

In Maidstone, Kent, a former primary school is set to go under the hammer with a guide price of £350,000.

Also in Maidstone, a 0.26-acre office space, which is guided at between £460,000 and £470,000, is up for sale. The vacant lot comprises three floors and a basement.

A disused water tower in Felsted, Essex, is on offer at a guide price of £140,000. The lot generates an annual rental income of £10,600.

A freehold commercial lot comprising three retail units in Gillingham High Street, Kent, is also going under the hammer. The lot, which generates an annual rental income of £17,400, is guided at between £180,000 and £190,000.

Also in Kent, a village hall is up for sale with a guide price of £135,000. The lot in Ashford is vacant and has potential for conversion or redevelopment.