Despite COVID outbreaks, many international cities are enjoying a sales recovery in July


According to Knight Frank's latest Global Property Index, and despite localized outbreaks, a number of global cities are seeing sales volumes continue to recover with April so far looking to be the low point for residential activity.

New outbreaks have emerged in parts of the US (Southern & Western states), Spain (Catalonia, Galicia) as well as Melbourne which has led to the city entering lockdown again and the state border closing between Victoria and New South Wales, for the first time in 100 years. Perth has also moved to limit international arrivals to 525 a week.

The UK has also announced its long-awaited 'traffic-light' list of 74 countries and territories which Brits can travel to without self-isolating from 10 July. Whilst France, Spain, Italy and Germany are included, Portugal, the US and Canada are currently omitted. In the case of Australia and New Zealand, despite being on the list, their borders remain closed. People resident in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will still have to self-isolate on their return from "amber" rated countries under the terms of the deal.

In the Eurozone, Capital Economics has revised their GDP forecasts upwards for 2020 as activity has rebounded faster than they anticipated.

In the UK, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a slew of measures to boost the UK's economy including a stamp duty holiday for homes priced below £500,000 which will start with immediate effect.


Knight Frank's new Spain Covid-19 report highlights how the private rental market (PRS and build-to-rent) in the country's main cities is expected to flourish as banks become more cautious when it comes to lending to individuals but continue to look more favorably on funding residential development.

New research confirms where the most expensive homes in Spain are located. Data from online platform BrainesRe pinpoints the 25 Spanish towns where average prices exceeded €3,300 per square meter in the first quarter of 2020, including eight municipalities in the Balearic Islands.

In the UK, June provided further evidence that price declines are bottoming out in prime London property markets, as quarterly declines narrowed across the capital. In prime central London, prices fell 3.6% in the three months to June, which was down from a figure of -4.4% registered in May.

Yesterday, UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a stamp duty holiday for UK buyers until 31 March 2021, to breathe some life into the UK's housing market.

Asia Pacific

Several cities across Asia Pacific saw residential activity picked up in June, with China and Hong Kong leading the way. Melbourne and Jakarta saw sales volumes slip due to the ongoing challenges of Covid lockdowns. Asking prices are now increasing in five of the 19 cities we track and sales are edging higher in eight locations.

Transaction-Volumes.jpgFor Singapore, despite its slowing economy and the impact of US-China tensions, prices have dipped by only 1% since Q4 2019 according to Knight Franks new report - Where next for Asian Investors?

Cross-border activity across the region is expected to increase in the second half of 2020, supported by low interest rates, currency fluctuations and some discounts. With many investors looking for stability, diversity and developed markets, Singapore, Australia and the UK are likely to be three of the markets most heavily in demand.

In amongst the rapid fire of legislation responding to Covid-19 came some subtle changes to Australia's foreign investment rules. The main change for foreign purchasers is the increased timescale from 30 days to six months for the application process, our local team have produced a useful guide with all you need to know.

The latest price data from CoreLogic show a modest fall in June, declining by 0.7% following a 0.4% fall in May. Despite recent declines, residential prices are still up 13.3% and 10.2% over the year in Sydney and Melbourne respectively.

Plus, it's not only the UK revisiting stamp duty, a draft review of Australia's tax and federal-state funding arrangements includes, amongst other proposed changes, a recommendation to replace stamp duty with a land tax.

by World Property Journal

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