Hong Kong's luxury home prices creep up 0.3 per cent as global average sinks to slowest growth in a decade, says Knight Frank

By Sandy Li sandy.li@scmp.com / https://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/3010443/hong-kongs-luxury-home-prices-creep-03-cent-global-average?utm_medium=partner&utm_campaign=contentexchange&utm_source=EdgeProp | May 21, 2019 10:23 AM SGT
Luxury home prices in Hong Kong edged up just 0.3 per cent in the first quarter as prices globally rose at their slowest pace in a decade, according to figures from Knight Frank.
High-end residential property prices in 45 cities across the world crept up by 1.3 per cent in the first three months of 2019 from the same period a year ago, as the US-China trade war and stuttering economies in Europe dampened growth.
Vancouver's luxury home prices registered the poorest performance with a fall of 14.5 per cent. London and New York declined 5 per cent each, and Shanghai lost 4.5 per cent during the period, according to the real estate consultant's prime global cities index, released on Thursday.
"The last six months saw political and economic headwinds intensify," said Liam Bailey, global head of research at Knight Frank.
"In the first quarter of 2019, the threat of a global trade war loomed, uncertainty surrounding Brexit peaked and the International Monetary Fund projected that 70 per cent of the world's economies would see a slowdown in growth in 2019."
He also cited the rising costs of home finance " the US alone has seen nine rate rises since December 2015, with a knock-on effect on 13 currencies pegged to the dollar.
European cities occupied seven of the top 10 spots, with luxury home prices in Berlin jumping 14 per cent, 10 per cent in Frankfurt, and 8 per cent each in Edinburgh and Paris.
The gap between the world's top four cities " Monaco, Hong Kong, London and New York " is significant, therefore a 4 per cent or 5 per cent decline in values for some markets over the last year has made little difference to the rankings, said Knight Frank.
Letizia Garcia Casalino, head of residential services at Colliers International, believes residential property is still a very good option for investors globally.
"Although it might be more expensive in some cities like Hong Kong, the return on residential property investment is usually...