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New York Remains the World’s Top Super-Luxury Property Market

London, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Miami complete the top five in Knight Frank’s annual index

By FANG BLOCK
Thu, Mar 2, 2023 9:01amGrey Clock 2 min

New York retained its title as the world’s top super-luxury housing market last year—though it had to share the laurels with London, according to the latest index from Knight Frank.

Both cities registered 43 sales of $25 million or more. In London, that marked a 26% increase from 2021; while New York’s figure was down 35% from the prior year.

“Despite rising economic headwinds and growing uncertainty, the world’s wealthy have been committing to luxury residential property, with London and New York the standout cities in demand for ultra-prime sales,” Liam Bailey, global head of research at Knight Frank, said in the report released Wednesday.

Claiming the third spot was Los Angeles, with 39 sales priced at $25 million or above. It was followed by Hong Kong, with 28 ultra-prime sales, even during a tumultuous year for its housing market; and Miami, with 23.

Not surprisingly, these cities also had the most $10 million-plus sales in 2022. New York topped the list with 244 sales at this price point, Los Angeles and London had 225 and 223, respectively, according to the report.

Across the top 10 cities—which also included Singapore; Palm Beach, Florida; Geneva; Sydney; and Paris—there were a total of 1,392 sales at or above $10 million, a decline from the record 2,076 transactions at this level recorded in 2021, but up 49% from pre-Covid 2019.

Of the 100 prime property markets tracked by Knight Frank, 85 recorded positive or flat price growth in 2022. Dubai led the pack with a staggering 44.2% annual growth rate, boosted by its visa incentives that have attracted many ultra-high-net-worth buyers, Knight Frank said.

Other prime markets that saw surging home prices included Aspen, with a 27.6% increase year over year; Riyadh, capital city of Saudi Arabia, with a 25% annual growth rate; Tokyo, with 22.8%; and Miami, with 21.6%.

Markets that had some of the strongest growth during the pandemic recorded the deepest price declines in 2022, which included the New Zealand cities of Wellington (-24%) and Auckland (-19%); Stockholm (-8%); Vancouver (-7%); and Seoul (-5%), according to the report.

Overall, the Knight Frank Prime International Residential Index rose 5.2% on an annual basis in 2022, the highest growth rate since the global financial crisis excluding the record year of 2021.

“Wealth preservation, safe-haven capital flight and supply constraints played their part in driving prime price growth, but it was the post-pandemic surge that continued to push prices higher,” Kate Everett-Allen, partner of residential research at Knight Frank, said in the report.



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More than 10,000 companies are expected to have entered external administration by the end of the 2024 financial year, a level not seen for more than a decade. Data just released by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) shows 1,245 companies became insolvent in May, the highest monthly number this financial year. At present, a total of 9,988 businesses have gone bust in FY24 with data from June yet to be finalised.

Deloitte Access Economics Partner David Rumbens said the surge in business insolvencies this year was a “clear sign of economic distress”.

He commented: “[ASIC] predicts that by the end of the financial year, the number of companies entering external administration will likely exceed 10,000 – a level not seen since 2012-13, in the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC).”

Mr Rumbens said the elements contributing to this year’s surge in insolvencies include high inflation and interest rates, weak consumer spending, and the commencement of more proactive tax debt collection activities by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

“One of the key factors contributing to this surge in insolvencies is the [ATO] pursuing debts that were previously put on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

Mr Rumbens cited ATO figures showing collectable debt rose 89 percent in the four years to June 2023. This has particularly impacted small businesses, which account for approximately 65 percent of the total debt owed at about $33 billion. “But more strictly enforced debt collection is coming at a time of tough economic conditions. High interest rates and cost-of-living pressures have weakened consumer spending, particularly in more discretionary components of spending.”

The construction sector has seen the highest number of insolvencies by far in FY24, mirroring the trend of FY23. Of the 9,988 insolvencies to date, 2,711 of them are in the building sector, which faces several challenges. These include a substantial lift in the cost of construction materials that is well above inflation and has made many fixed-price contracts signed within the past few years unprofitable. There is also a significant labour shortage that is delaying new home completions and new project starts, and also adding higher costs to projects.

“The construction sector has been hit particularly hard, with construction firms leading industry insolvencies in every quarter since mid-2021,” Mr Rumbens said. “They have accounted for approximately 25 percent of all insolvencies during this period. The residential construction sector is already facing a backlog of projects to complete as a result of skills and material shortages in recent years, and increased insolvencies in the sector may only exacerbate the problem of housing shortages.”

The ASIC data shows the next biggest industry affected is ‘other services’, which includes a broad range of personal care services such as hair, beauty, dietary, and death care services. The sector has seen 939 insolvencies in FY24. Retail trade is next with 687 insolvencies, followed by professional, scientific and technical services with 585 insolvencies.

“The food & accommodation sector has also experienced a wave of insolvencies. High input costs, worker shortages, and weak consumer sentiment have put pressure on businesses. Specifically, in March, cafés, restaurants, and takeaway businesses accounted for 5.5 percent of total business insolvencies, the highest proportion in the last three years.”

Mr Rumbens pointed out that while the number of insolvencies was high, it represents a lower share of the business sector at 0.33 percent than it did in FY13 when it was 0.53 percent. “This reflects the increase of registered companies in Australia, which has risen from just over two million to 3.3 million since 2012-13. Even so, the continued lift in insolvencies since 2021 highlights the difficult conditions many businesses face at present.”

 

 

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