London Luxury Real Estate Down for 1st Time in 5 Yrs.
Luxury residential real estate prices in central London, the world's most expensive city, have had their first annual decline since 2003 due to worsening economic conditions. The average price of houses and apartments in London's nine most expensive neighborhoods fell 1.6 percent in August from a year earlier, according to an index of properties valued at $2 million or more, Bloomberg reports.
While it's no secret that London prices have been dropping - my colleague Deidre Woollard reported on the trend in July - this is the first time the full scope of the decline has been assessed. Total prime residential sales in London are down an astounding 46 percent from last year; the downturn is being blamed on "pessimism in the financial services sector."
Some mega-rich moguls, such as Ukrainian billionaire Viktor Pinchuk, who paid over $150 million for a five-story London townhouse earlier this year, are doing their share to prop up the market.