According to Knight Frank's latest edition of The Wealth Report 2021, 26% of ultra-high-net-worth individuals (UHNWIs) globally are planning to buy a new home in 2021, a sharp increase from the 21% revealed in 2020. This demand will help fuel price rises of up to 7% in key markets over the course of the year.
Liam Bailey, global head of research at Knight Frank said, "The Wealth Report confirms a clear rise in demand for residential property - with 26% of global UHNWIs looking to buy a new home in 2021, a sharp increase from the 21% we revealed in 2020. Demand is especially strong for rural and coastal properties, with access to open space being the most highly desired feature. The pandemic is super-charging demand for locations that offer a surfeit of wellness - think mountains, lakes, and coastal hot-spots. Demand will help fuel price rises of up to 7% for our key markets this year."
Kate Everett-Allen, head of international residential research at Knight Frank also commented, "Expectations on second homes are increasing. With greater flexibility around remote working, owners are lengthening their stays with many now viewing them as 'co-primary' homes. From fast broadband to cinema rooms, gyms and A-grade technology, a second home now has a longer wish list to fulfill."
Auckland leads Knight Frank's Prime International Residential Index with price rises of 18% in 2020. New Zealand's handling of Covid-19, its rapid economic recovery, ultra-low mortgage rates and limited supply of stock were behind the surge.
The index, which tracks the movement of luxury residential prices in 100 cities and second home markets globally for the 12-months to the end of December 2020 also reveals:
TOP 10 luxury residential market's performance, annual price change December 2019 to December 2020