A significant proportion of residential properties within the capital have achieved a sales price exceeding £1 million in the current fiscal year. This conclusion is based on an analysis of sold price data obtained from the Land Registry encompassing property transactions completed from January to August 2023 across twelve prominent urban centers. The examination involved assessing the proportion of total sales exceeding £1 million, the mean transaction price, and the cumulative value of residential properties sold.
In the context of annual house price growth, the London real estate market exhibits a decline of -0.8% over the past year, distinguishing it as one of only three regions in the country to record a year-on-year decrease. However, it is worth noting that London maintains its dominance with regard to residential properties sold at a price point of £1 million or higher.
The comprehensive study reveals that, as of the present year, a total of 3,716 properties have been successfully sold for £1 million or more in the city of London, representing 21.1% of the total number of residential transactions conducted throughout the capital.
Bristol emerges as the second city with the highest number of property transactions exceeding £1 million, with 86 such transactions accounting for merely 1.9% of the overall residential property sales within the city. Additionally, Sheffield (0.9%), Newcastle (0.6%), and Leeds (0.6%) all secure positions in the top five rankings, although the percentage of £1 million property sales within these cities remains below 1% of total residential transactions for the year 2023.
Furthermore, London stands out in terms of both the median transaction price and the cumulative value of residential properties exceeding the £1 million threshold. Properties transacted at or above this £1 million benchmark achieve an average sales price of £1.45 million, a considerable contrast to the £565,000 average in the remaining segments of the London real estate market. Collectively, the sales of £1 million properties in London yield a combined value of £312.2 million. Bristol secures the second position in this regard, albeit with a substantially lower total value of £156.1 million.
In this dynamic real estate landscape, property surveyors, including party wall surveyors London, play an integral role in facilitating smooth transactions within the high-value property market. Their expertise is crucial in assessing and validating the conditions of properties fetching prices exceeding £1 million, ensuring compliance with legal requirements, and addressing potential issues related to party wall agreements. By offering professional guidance and expert assessments, property surveyors contribute to the integrity of these transactions, safeguarding the interests of all parties involved and upholding the regulatory standards that govern such transactions in major cities like London.