An hour from London

The growth spots. Value for money, space and quality of life are among the most commonly cited reasons families leave London. With more buyers moving out of the capital – 42% last year compared with 33% in 2013, we look at some of the most attractive areas for those who need to remain within commuting … Read more

Relative performance of London property

Is property investment growth still possible?   Aside from the cachet of living in one of the world’s most desirable cities, investment in London property still has to be attractive from a financial viewpoint. Low interest rates have had a negative impact on investment returns in many financial markets, pushing investors to search for yields … Read more

Crossrail House Price Hotspots

After two decades of planning and nine years of building work, 2018 is the year that Crossrail finally opens. The first train is not due to run on new track until December but the new links have already become engrained in the London housing market.   Homeowners along the route have seen the value of … Read more

Where do London leavers go?

Rather than escaping to the country, the majority of those leaving prime areas of London are heading to other suburbs, towns and cities. Just over half (51%) bought a home in a town or suburb, but despite price differences only about a quarter moved to a prime location.   The proportion moving from prime areas … Read more

How far do London leavers go?

As London’s prime areas have spread, so London residents have moved further to find their next home. Back in 2010, 52% of Londoners stayed within a five-mile radius of their old home. This year, that proportion fell to 39%. And, over the same period, more Londoners made a longer distance move.   The proportion of … Read more

Prime London Market Overview

The most exclusive property has delivered the best returns over the long term. Residential property has long been a favoured investment, particularly in the UK. In the last fifteen years, the number of buy-to-let mortgages has increased tenfold as access to finance opened opportunities for more people. Residential property has remained a popular investment despite … Read more

Moves within and into London

A snippet from our Prime Moves Report in partnership with LonRes.   Staying in London Moves within London still outnumber moves outside. Londoners like to stay in their city – especially in the prime areas. Overall 58% of Londoners stay in the city, but in prime London 63% stay put and three quarters of them … Read more

The Life of Prime

Just what is prime?   What prime markets are and where they are located can be subjective. We have defined prime markets across all parts of the country according to a set of objective measures.* We identify the prime city, country, town and suburbs across Great Britain. And in London, we separate prime central London … Read more

International Buyers returning to Prime Central London

The proportion of prime central London property bought by international buyers increased to its highest level since the EU referendum in Q3 2017. International buyers accounted for 51% purchases in prime central London, up from 44% in Q2 2017. This is the highest proportion since Q3 2016 when 60% of prime central London property was … Read more