Fear Of Brexit Puts Brake On London Housing Market


Prices of prime London residential properties fell marginally in the first quarter of 2016 on uncertainty regarding the global and domestic economic outlook and the EU referendum, according to new research from real estate adviser Savills.

Savills said that values across the whole of prime London slipped by an average of -0.3 per cent in the three months to the end of March, but there continued to be a distinction between the higher value, discretionary prime central markets and the more domestic, needs-based outer prime London locations.

Notably, price growth across all prime markets has been slower than the mainstream over the past 3 years.

This is because the lower value outer London markets were slower to recover post downturn, have benefited from stamp duty reform and remain more accessibly priced.

“Unlike other parts of the London housing market, the prime markets remain fairly price sensitive and increasingly dominated by needs based buyers,” said Lucian Cook, Savills head of UK residential research.

“The recent Budget statement confirmed that the stamp duty take form the top end of the market has risen following the reforms of December 2014, despite lower transactional activity, effectively signalling that this policy is here to stay and will continue to influence buying and selling decisions and assessment of value."“Given historic levels of price growth, the increased tax burden and political uncertainty stemming from the pending mayoral election and EU referendum, our view is that we are unlikely see any price growth over the course of 2016 as the market continues its adjustment.”

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