Agents believe that London’s millionaire mansions will see a long overdue rebound in property price increases.
According to a survey by real estate advisory firm London Central Portfolio; the premium central London residential market has continued to show optimistic indicators over the last three months.
This is despite the uncertainty produced by the Covid-19 Omicron variation, and the fact that several international property investors have yet to visit London.
According to the statistics supplied by Bricks & Logic — a new London property website providing accurate price estimates and market data — the average costs in the region have climbed by 1.7%. Prices in February 2022 have already reached new levels observed before the outbreak by 0.6%.
Flat sector primed to see a huge surge
Residential property yields in prime central London (PCL) have also increased, according to Bricks & Logic’s research. In February 2022, the average annual rental return for a flat in PCL was 3.4%. However, it should be noted that PCL has a substantially greater number of flats (87.5%) than houses (12.5%), which has pushed the general average.
The average flat price in central London, according to Foxtons, a British estate agency, is £1,091,708, while the average home price is £3,253,175.
The present atmosphere, is primed “towards the flats sector’s investment potential”, according to Andrew Weir, CEO of London Central Portfolio. “With the progressive removal of foreign travel restrictions and the complete return of overseas investors, the performance difference between houses and flats will almost probably shrink again.”
As more professionals return to the city, indicators show purchasers are leaning to interest in seeking compact flats in desirable locations, including central London. Based on an expected resurgence in travel from the world’s high-net-worth individuals and a chronic undersupply of residences for sale and rent, PCL is expected to experience imminent robust activity over the next 24 months.
“The return of foreign buyers has been unpredictable, it might be a little more seasonal, so you could see more international buyers
returning around April or May time,” Tom Bill, head of residential research at Knight Frank, explains.
Savills and Jones Lang LaSalle, a world leader in real estate services also issued independent analyses that forecast comparable rises of 8% and 7.5%, respectively. Proving this year’s narrative in prime downtown London is a long-overdue
The greater London market, which excludes outstanding central London homes, have outpaced the capital’s downtown districts over the last 24 months, with prices growing by 9.4% since February of 2020. This explains the rise in yearning for green space, “therefore property values in Dulwich or Wimbledon are performing more strongly than Knightsbridge, Chelsea, or Bayswater.”
London’s affordability problem may keep buyers at bay
London has an affordability issue. Sources say that during the pandemic, the race to space has placed on top of that. This will begin to subside, but the affordability crisis will continue to drive people out of London.
When discussing the overall scope of future home prices, it is anticipated that the neighbouring regions as a whole will exceed London in terms of housing price, as it rises over the next five years.