Updated: Mar 2
In Ludgrove's last article we looked at how many Hong Kong citizens may settle in London in the wake of the Government's British National Overseas (BNO) visa scheme for HK citizens. We concluded that the arrival of HK citizens is likely to offset the negative impact of Covid on Londons' population and dampen the notion that London property prices are set to dive as inner cities depopulate in the coming years.
But what about the value of UK, London and Prime Central London property for Hong Kong buyers? Hong Kong property prices have grown dramatically over the last few years and if you are selling a Hong Kong property to move to the UK, where does the value lie? Or where is the most opportunistic "switch"? Our CEO and former Fund Manager Fraser Slater takes a look.
Since mid 2014, Hong Kong property prices have been on a tear with values having grown by some 50%. Over the same time, average UK property prices have grown by 37% and London property by 28%. Selling a Hong Kong property and buying a London property therefore offers better value than acquiring the average UK property. However the real value lies in selling a Hong Kong property and buying a property in Prime Central London (PCL) where prices have fallen 12% over the last 6 years. Here the vendor of a HK home would be buying into PCL 41% cheaper than 2014 levels - such has been the effect of Brexit uncertainty, the (now distant) threat of a hard left government, tax changes and Covid:
We have excluded tax changes (stamp duty) and currency from the above. However if we adjusted for tax this would pare the discount back by 5% to -36%. And if we included currency changes this would widen the discount to a staggering -59% for a HK homeowner.
However what if you are not a Hong Kong property owner who has benefitted from the boom in local house prices? What if you are a Hong Kong tenant (of which there are many) looking to move to the UK? Does PCL property still offer value? Below we have looked at the change in PCL property prices, adjusting for inflation, currency and taxes (stamp duty). Here we can see the PCL market is 42% cheaper than it was 6 years ago - something we feel that won't be lost on the many shrewd HK buyers soon to arrive in Britain.
About: Ludgrove is a research-driven London property buying agency, sourcing properties for home-owners, investors, family offices and developers. The company is the only UK buying agency that conducts in-depth research into the Prime London property market and their research regularly features in The Times, Forbes Magazine, Property Week, PrimeResi, Mansion Global and others. As well as conducting searches for homeowners, Ludgrove sources and appraises off-market apartment blocks and development opportunities, adding considerable value to Investors and Developers. The agency is ranked one of the top UK buying agencies by Prime Resi. CEO and Founder Fraser Slater is a former Real Estate Analyst and Fund Manager. His former fund WDB Capital was one of the best performing Funds in Europe during the Financial Crisis. Co-Founder Isabella Slater is an interior designer.
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