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Global House Price Index Update

December 12, 2018Article by Kirsty Rose

According to a recent Global House Price Index report issued by Knight Frank– Central and Eastern Europe are emerging as an area of growth whilst Swedish house prices are declining for the first time in six years. Average values of residential property across 57 countries and territories worldwide increased by 4.9% in the year to September 2018. This was the index’s lowest annual rate of growth for two years.

The Q3 2018 results show Hong Kong currently leads the rankings for annual growth in the year to September 2018, but it may relinquish this top spot in the coming months. It is anticipated that this growth will soften in 2019 following multiple consecutive years ranked as the fastest-growing and least affordable on earth. But any downturn is unlikely to last a long time and will hopefully usher in a future of more sustainable growth rates.

In terms of outbound Chinese capital, property investments have historically been focused heavily on New York, London, Sydney, and Tokyo. 2019 could be the year in which Chinese investors begin to diversify. With booming cities like Berlin, Amsterdam, and Seattle currently receiving less than 1.5% of the $94bn pot of Chinese cross-border investment since 2013, there is ample room to share the love. (JLL)

Stay tuned for further insight into 2019 – if you have any questions about investment opportunities don’t hesitate to contact us. Click HERE to find out more about current investment opportunities in Asia.

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