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The everywhere rally

Keeping a lid on the asset boom, continued...

Liam Bailey, Global Head of Research
Knight Frank, Your midweek update, 05.05.2021

The everywhere rally

Right on cue, Kate Everett-Allen reveals prime prices in key global cities are rising at their fastest rate since 2017. Prime prices, defined as the top 5% of the housing market in value terms, increased an average 4.6% in the year to March 2021.

Three Chinese cities – Shenzhen (+19%), Shanghai (+16%) and Guangzhou (+16%) – lead the index this quarter, fuelled by improving economic sentiment and government investment in the Greater Bay Area of China. Buyer enthusiasm has persisted despite the introduction of a new round of curbs in January.

Vancouver and Seoul (both +15%) complete the top five rankings. Successive cooling measures have been deployed in both cities in attempts to reduce speculative activity but local appetite for homebuying remains undeterred. Residential sales in Greater Vancouver increased 22% in 2020 year-on-year.

Knight Frank Prime Prices

This is an excerpt from Knight Frank's report "Your midweek update".

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