Average prime property prices in London up £260 a day in 2014

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Average prime London property values rose by £260 a day over last year, and Balham saw the biggest leap as prices jump by 21% over the 12 months period, new data shows. Overall the majority of property market gains in London were made in first half of 2014, and prices dropped 1.6% during the final three months of the year, the first quarterly fall since the second quarter of 2011. The data from the latest London Property Monitor report from Marsh & Parson, also shows that supply of Prime London property for sale increased by 26% in last three months of 2014 and the New Year has seen an uplift in demand, with 13 buyers to every available property in January. The average Prime London home has risen in value by £95,000 in the past year but in Balham they have jumped £152,000 over the same period. With property prices in outer prime areas of the capital typically 25% lower than the wider prime London average, stronger demand for more affordable homes has pushed the rate of house price inflation up in these kind of suburban areas. Indeed, house prices in outer prime London climbed 9% during 2014, compared to a 4.3% annual increase in prime central areas. Balham is favoured by first time buyers and young families and the growth in this area was followed by Brook Green where property values are now 19% higher than a year ago. In contrast, average prices in exclusive prime central enclaves of Kensington and Holland Park have grown 8% in the past 12 months. ‘The prestigious prime property bastions of Kensington, Chelsea and Holland Park will always command worldwide appeal from buyers, however, everyday demand for more affordable homes has catapulted Balham and other outer prime corners of the capital onto the map,’ said Peter Rollings, chief executive officer of Marsh & Parsons. ‘Londoners are increasingly willing to compromise on a central location in return for more living space and manageable price tags, and as a result the price growth seen in these green village suburbs has overtaken the Goliaths of London property this year,’ he added. So, a breakdown of the figures show that throughout prime London prices now average £1,572,342, up 6.4% year on year but down 1.6% month on month. In prime central London they are £2,199,531, up 4.3% annually but down 2.1% month on month. And in outer prime London average prices are £1,180,348, up 9% year on year but down 1.1% month on month. However, the majority of this house price growth occurred in the first half of 2014, and in the last three months, prime London property values declined 1.6%. This is the first quarterly price drop witnessed for three and a half years, as the market corrects after remarkable growth seen throughout the first half of 2014 . A 26% uplift in the supply of prime London properties… Continue reading →

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