2012 was the third consecutive year of mediocre price growth across the UK, with prices likely to end the year down by around 1 per cent, says leading independent real estate advisor Knight Frank.
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Liam Bailey, Global Head of Knight Frank Residential Research comments: “2012 was the third consecutive year of mediocre price growth across the UK, with prices likely to end the year down by around 1 per cent. The UK's double dip recession, and even a threat of a triple dip, helped to weigh on purchaser sentiment.
“As always the average position across the UK has disguised the performance of different submarkets, and none has been more different than the central London market, which saw 9 per cent growth in prices in 2012, which added to recent growth means prices in central London are now 34 per cent higher than three years ago, UK prices are 1 per cent higher over the same period.
“International demand has helped to propel London prices higher and has also influenced the prime outer London markets, covering Wandsworth to Richmond, and Hampstead and Canary Wharf – where prices managed to rise by 5 per cent in 2012 and a respectable 13 per cent over the past three years.
“Outside of London, the weakness in the UK's professional service and financial sector has not been offset by international demand, meaning the prime country house market has seen a slow decline in pricing continue thought 2012, with prices down by 4 per cent in 2012 and down by a similar level over the past three years. While the performance of country houses has been unimpressive, rural estate owners will be cheered by the fact that land values have risen steadily, by 3 per cent this year but by 22 per cent over the past three years.”
What will happen next?
Property prices in prime central London went from strength to strength this year, but 2012 was more turbulent for the wider UK market. What is in store for 2013?
UK house prices will not reach their 2007 peak until 2019: the longest housing market recovery on record, according to Knight Frank's new forecast
UK housing transactions to rise 2% in 2013, but to remain well below peak levels for the rest of the decade
Tax changes forecast to weigh on prime central London prices, with no price movement expected in 2013.
UK housing market:
Gráinne Gilmore, Head of UK Residential Research, says, “Some five years after the start of the financial crisis, the housing sector in the UK still does not bear the hallmarks of a fully functioning market.
“Transaction levels have roughly halved since the last market peak in 2007, and are 35% below the 20 year average, as first-time buyers and those further up the housing ladder struggle with tighter mortgage lending rules.
“House prices have been flat or modestly declining across the UK since 2010. This stasis is underpinned by unusual economic conditions, rather than a genuine equilibrium in the market.
“The fundamentals suggest that a further correction in prices is needed as the relationship between average earnings and average house prices is well above the long-term average. This is illustrated in the chart below (Figure 1), which shows how the house price earnings ratio for first-time buyers has moved. We believe that the new ‘average' at which this ratio settles in the future may be above the historical average, but there is still a further readjustment required to reach that level. See full release here including relevant charts.
Knight Frank's top property statistics for 2012*:
1. 53% -Rise in value of PCL property since market trough in 2009 http://bit.ly/q3NSwx
2. 45% Luxury House Price Growth - http://bit.ly/Hg7eZa - The gap in annual price growth between the best and worst performing global luxury markets was 45 per cent. International property hotspots in 2012 included Miami, London and Vancouver.
3. £239 - The capital growth a £1m investment in prime central London residential property made every day in 2012. http://bit.ly/QBfDLI
4. 1% - The average rise in global house prices in in the year to September 2012, positive growth in Asia and Latin America is offset by renewed weakness in Europe.
5. 56% Uplift in prices for being near the sea. Waterfront premiums in action - http://bit.ly/Qxihjp - Knight Frank's Prime UK Waterfront Property Index confirmed the average premium paid for waterfront property.
(* the numbers were derived from the year's most read stories on Global Briefing, Knight Frank's research blog)
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Notes to Editors
Knight Frank LLP is the leading independent global property consultancy. Headquartered in London, Knight Frank and its New York-based global partner, Newmark Knight Frank, operate from 242 offices, in 43 countries, across six continents. More than 7,067 professionals handle in excess of US$817 billion (£498 billion) worth of commercial, agricultural and residential real estate annually, advising clients ranging from individual owners and buyers to major developers, investors and corporate tenants. For further information about the Company, please visit http://www.knightfrank.com.
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