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Prime London buyer demand up in Q4, but super prime market continues to decline

by LLP Finance Reporter
2nd Jan 24 3:24 pm

The latest Prime London Buyer Demand Index by London lettings and estate agent, Benham and Reeves, shows that buyer demand for prime London homes (£2m+) climbed during the final quarter of 2023, however, the super prime market (£10m+) continues to struggle.

The Prime London Demand Index by Benham and Reeves monitors demand for London’s most expensive properties based on the level of market activity seen between the £2m to £10m threshold and the super prime market of £10m+.

Demand is based on the proportion of all homes listed for sale across the prime market that have already been sold subject to contract.

Prime market – £2m-£10m 

The latest index by Benham and Reeves shows that buyer demand across London’s core prime market climbed by +1.1% in Q4 2023, with just over one in five of all homes listed finding a buyer. However, demand remains down on an annual basis, albeit a marginal drop of -0.7%.

Chiswick was the hottest spot of the prime London market during the closing stages of 2023, with buyer demand levels at 52.1%.

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Richmond enjoyed the largest quarterly uplift in buyer demand, climbing +10.9% versus Q3, with Chiswick again performing well with a +10.3% increase. Islington (+5.6%), Wimbledon (+5.5%) and Notting Hill (+4.7%) also saw some of the largest quarterly increases in prime London buyer demand.

On an annual basis, Putney (+11.4%), Clapham (+11.3%) and Highgate (+4.9%) have seen the largest uplifts in high-end market activity versus Q4 of last year.

Super prime market – £10m+

Across the super prime London market, demand fell by -3.4% in Q4 versus the previous quarter and remained some -11.9% below the levels seen in Q4 of last year.

Notting Hill was the most in demand area of the super prime market with 9.1% of all homes listed above £10m finding a buyer. Chelsea (8.5%) and Mayfair (5.7%) were also home to some of the highest demand for London’s most expensive homes.

Chelsea saw the largest quarterly uplift in demand for super prime London homes, up +8.5% versus Q3, followed by Holland Park (+4.3%) and Mayfair (+3.8%).

Mayfair was the only area to see a year on year increase in super prime demand at +1.5%.

Director of Benham and Reeves, Marc von Grundherr, said, “London’s top tier property market largely echoed the subdued market performance seen across the rest of the capital during the final quarter of 2023.

However, there are signs that these cooler market conditions could be on the turn, with buyer demand starting to climb across the core prime market, resulting in many individual neighbourhoods registering strong growth.

It may take some time yet before this growing market sentiment reaches the dizzying heights of the super prime market, although this segment has always been very much about quality over quantity to begin with. That said, as London’s high-end homebuyers continue to return it’s only a matter of time before this momentum flows up stream.”

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