Mindful Money: Flats in 'Prime' London likely to hit 1m mark early next year
Wed 28 Aug 2013
A two-bedroom flat in central London is likely to hit the 1m mark by early next year says estate agents Marsh & Parsons. The firm says that two bedroom properties grew by 14% in the last year with an average of 18 buyers per property in what the firm calls Prime London. The current average value is 909,203. The firm says that if this rate of growth continues for the next three quarters, the average price of a two-bedroom property in Prime London will be 975,843 by the end of 2013 and 1,010,974 by the end of the first quarter of 2014.
Marsh & Parsons points out that two-bedroom properties experienced a much faster rate of growth than other types of properties in the three months to June 2013, with a 6% increase from the previous quarter. It says the slowest quarterly growth was among four-bedroom properties, the average price of which appreciated by a relatively modest 3% during the last quarter. Peter Rollings, CEO of Marsh & Parsons says: Compared to the rest of the country, Prime London property prices may seem high, but the figures dont tell the whole story. There is of course a huge variation between different areas in Prime London. Very high value and high demand areas such as Kensington & Chelsea lift up the overall average figures, but there are still many areas of Prime London which represent better value for money. As a result, were seeing many young couples and first-time buyers heading to parts of South and South West London in search of more space for their money.
In addition, the dramatic price increases weve seen in the last year bear witness to the rapidly improved availability of mortgages and wider signs of economic recovery which have helped to clear the bottleneck of those who were waiting for the right time to purchase property. But over the coming year, we expect the rate of growth to stabilise in most areas as the Prime London property market returns to normal. Marsh & Parsons calculated the average price using the mean average value of all the two-bedroom properties in a mix-adjusted, representative basket of properties across the areas of Chelsea, Kensington, Notting Hill, Holland Park, Pimlico, Clapham, Balham, Battersea, Barnes, Pimlico, Little Venice and Brook Green.
On these calculations, in Prime Central London including just the areas of Chelsea, Kensington, Notting Hill, Holland Park and Pimlico the average price of property has already passed the 2 million mark. The firm says an imbalance of supply and demand is contributing to higher prices. During the last quarter, 11% more buyers entered the market in competition for 14% fewer properties.