• House prices in hyper-expensive prime central London are starting to recover after a chaotic 2017.
  • Knight Frank found that prices in the area declined 0.7% in the year to January, ticking up from -6.7% in January 2017.


LONDON House prices in hyper-expensive prime central London are recovering after a chaotic run.

New data from Knight Frank found that prices in the area declined 0.7% in the year to January. The relatively modest nature of the price fall contrasts sharply with the annual figure of -6.7% measured in January 2017, and suggests the declines of the last 20 months have bottomed out.

There are other signs of recovery, too. A growing number of new prospective buyers relative to the new number of properties being placed on the market typically indicates that prices are ready to tick up. After four successive years of declines, the ratio of new buyers to new properties finally rose in 2017, as price declines became more modest.

Should the trend continue, prices are likely to tick into positive territory