The Best And Worst Places In The World To Own Luxury Properties

Courtesy of Emanuele Midolo

Berlin is the city with the highest growth for prices of luxury real estate in the world, new data shows.

The German capital has recorded the strongest price growth rate globally, with a 12% increase year-on-year.

It is the second year in a row that Berlin has beaten other prestigious cities such as Moscow, Geneva and Paris.

The Prime Global Cities Index, a new report from property consultancy Knight Frank, tracks the movement in luxury residential property prices across 46 world cities.

In total, six European cities featured in the index’s top ten: Berlin (1), Frankfurt (2), Geneva (5), Madrid (6), Paris (7) and Zurich (8).

Moscow, classed in the Russia and CIS region, ranked third with a 9.5% growth, while Vancouver was the weakest market with a 13.6% dip, followed by Istanbul (-9.9%).

With “luxury residential market” Knight Frank indicates the top 5% of the global housing market.

Kate Everett-Allen, head of international residential research at Knight Frank, said that with prime prices in Berlin and Frankfurt—currently around €11,500 per square meter and €13,500 per square meter respectively—the two German cities represent a competitive offer.

“Berlin leads the index, its rate of annual growth has slowed from 14.1% in March 2019 to 12.7% in June 2019,” Everett-Allen added. “Frankfurt, by comparison, has seen its annual price growth increase from 9.6% to 12.0% over the same period.”

Overall, Knight Frank data shows that prices for luxury real estate are stagnating, with a meager 1.4% growth on average globally—one of the lowest rates in a decade.

Political and economic headwinds, rising cost of finance, as well as stricter market regulations are among the factors that contributed to the slowdown in prices.

“We’ve seen a wave of interest rate cuts in the last three months as policymakers try to stimulate growth,” said Everett-Allen. “Much hinges on the next three months. With stronger headwinds on the horizon we expect the index to moderate further in the second half of 2019 before strengthening in 2020.”

However, some 78% of cities in the index saw a price increase over the last 12 months, with a whopping 26.3% difference between the strongest (Berlin) and weakest (Vancouver) performing city.

Europe was the best performing market, followed by Asia and Australia.

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