PRICE PERFORMANCE SPECIAL FOCUS: PRIVATE ISLANDS RISKS AND OPPORTUNITIES RESIDENTIAL RESEARCH The Prime Global Cities Index increased by only 1.9% in the year to September 2015 but this conceals some standout performances by cities such as Vancouver and Sydney. Kate Everett-Allen examines the latest results. Vancouver leads the rankings for the Around 73% of cities recorded positive second consecutive quarter with prime annual price growth in the year to The index increased by 1.9% in the prices in the city up by 20.4% in the year to September; two years ago this figure was year to September 2015 September. Supply is tight with the number closer to 91% (figure 2). of homes for sale down 32% year-onyear and local demand is strengthening prime market tracked by the index for the Singapore was the weakest-performing Three cities recorded double-digit annual price increases; Vancouver, alongside foreign interest. for the seventh consecutive quarter, but Sydney and Shanghai Sydney and Shanghai also recorded the rate of annual decline has slowed double-digit annual price growth, from -15.2% at the end of Q2 to -7.9% increasing by 13.7% and 10.7% this quarter. The index now stands 34.1% above its low in Q1 2009 but its annual rate of respectively year-on-year. Analysis by world region shows Australasia growth is slowing leads, with average annual price growth The weak Australian dollar, an undersupply of 11.6%, followed by North America at of new homes and a strong local economy 8.5%. Europe, at 0.8% is now in positive Around 73% of cities recorded positive are behind Sydney’s accelerating prices, territory but performance varies, from 9.4% annual price growth in the year to whilst in Shanghai the reversal of strict in Monaco to -5.1% in Zurich. September, two years ago this figure housing policies, and the introduction of new fiscal measures, including tax and As QE unwinds and a US rate rise draws was closer to 91% interest rate cuts, has fuelled demand. near, prime assets will remain on the radar of investors and HNWIs. The big question Singapore is home to the weakestperforming luxury residential market overall performance of the index is less Eurozone but the slowdown in the Chinese Looking beyond the top rankings, the mark surrounds not Greece and the for the seventh consecutive quarter robust. The index now stands 34.1% economy. Wealth from China will continue above its low in Q1 2009 but its annual rate to flow into overseas property markets of growth has slowed significantly from 7% with the UK, US, Canada and Australia two years ago to 1.9%. being key target destinations. KATE EVERETT-ALLEN Partner, Residential Research “ The index’s annual rate of growth has slowed significantly from 7% two years ago to 1.9%.” Follow Kate at @keverettkf For the latest news, views and analysis on the world of prime property, visit Global Briefing or @kfglobalbrief FIGURE 1 FIGURE 2 Prime price performance by city Shifts in luxury residential prices Annual % change to Q3 2015 Proportion of cities by annual price change Vancouver Sydney Shanghai Jakarta Melbourne Monaco Bangkok Seoul Bengaluru Cape Town Miami¹ Los Angeles¹ Madrid Nairobi Beijing Tel Aviv Mumbai Edinburgh New York¹ Tokyo² Delhi Hong Kong London Dublin Rome Guangzhou Kuala Lumpur Vienna³ Taipei Paris Geneva Moscow Zurich Singapore -20% -15% -10% -5% 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% Source: See main table on page 2 ¹ Based on top-tier of mainstream market in metro area ² Based on all contracts above Yen100m ³ Provisional Source: See main table on page 2 0% 20% 40% GLOBAL BRIEFING For the latest news, views and analysis on the world of prime property, visit KnightFrankblog.com/global-briefing Data digest The Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index (KFLII) tracks the performance of a theoretical basket of selected collectable asset classes using existing third-party indices (see below). 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