Stamp Duty and Brexit hitting sales? – Flatwatch Summer 2016

BARBICAN FLATWATCH There are many mixed messages in the media about what is happening to property prices, but the sensible viewpoint is probably wait for the dust to settle after the changes in second home stamp duty – which boosted sales in the first quarter, but saw them drop away sharply in April – and probably until after the Brexit vote too.  One can see from the Estate Agents’ Comments below that there has certainly been a drop-off in sales, but the most significant cause of this was the rush to complete a second home, or buy-to-let purchase ahead of the stamp duty deadline.  … [Read more...]

Flatwatch Spring 2016 – London house prices up 9.4% in 2015

Statistics seldom tell the whole story, but according to the UK government’s Office for National Statistics, London house prices rose by 9.4% last year.  Within this metric Prime Central London was particularly strong – although this category will also include some ultra hotspots like Kensington, Chelsea and the West End – where residences at the top end of the scale will trump anything the Barbican has to offer. Nonetheless an analysis of the ONS figures by Estate Agency Marsh and Parsons suggest an average for one bed apartments across prime London is around £712,000 – and the Barbican … [Read more...]

Flatwatch Christmas – Prices in a bubble – perhaps not!

By all accounts the sales market for Barbican and local area properties has been strong through the third quarter, although may now be beginning to slow down ahead of Christmas. However the price improvement may not be affecting all sizes of property equally.  The changes to stamp duty earlier in the year have particularly impacted the high end plus £1.5 million properties – which thus includes virtually all the higher up tower block flats and other larger units such as Lambert Jones Mews, Wallside and The Postern.  Indeed it may even put a cap on the pricing of some of the best two-beds on … [Read more...]

Barbican Flatwatch – Autumn 2015

As usual there seem to be plenty of differing views as to what property prices are doing around the country, in London itself, and even in differing parts of the nation’s capital.  It depends whose latest survey you read, but what has to be encouraging for property owners, although perhaps not so for property-seekers, is that nearly all these price surveys suggest that property prices are continuing to rise in prime areas – and the Barbican is very much a prime area. The level of price growth though remains contentious with Nationwide saying prices in August rose the least in percentage … [Read more...]

Barbican Flatwatch -Summer 2015.

Post election euphoria revitalising market The property sales market had entered something of a hiatus period in the January to March quarter ahead of the General Election , particularly at the higher end of the market with plus £2 million properties particularly affected in view of Labour’s proposed Mansion Tax.  Not that there are many apartments that yet fall into that price bracket here in the Barbican bar the six tower block penthouses (and the new Blake Tower ones) – and these don’t often become available.  However, it may not be long now before we do see well appointed and positioned … [Read more...]

Barbican Flatwatch – Spring 2015

Are London property prices about to crash? We have recently had our attention drawn to a slightly alarmist article (for property owners, but perhaps not for purchasers) suggesting there is a high chance of a property crash for London homes. Although we suspect that if it happens it will be more severe in some areas than others – and sought after property in a micro market like the Barbican might perhaps fare better than homes in some of the outer boroughs.  But while, as we noted in the last issue of Barbican Life, perhaps the froth has gone from some of the asking prices, there is little … [Read more...]

Barbican Flatwatch Christmas 2014 – Upwards momentum falters

As will be seen from the comments from those estate agents specialising in Barbican apartment sales below, the market has very definitely turned around and, depending on how you look at it, either prices are beginning to fall back – or the froth has just gone from the top of the sales market.  Whichever one considers as accurate the net effect is that asking prices appear to have dropped back just a little and the flood of prospective buyers has also diminished. But, the Barbican is also a pretty resilient market – the attributes of living on the Estate are appealing.  It is safe relative … [Read more...]

BARBICAN FLATWATCH – Autumn 2014

London property price rises beginning to fade? By all accounts, the summer has seen something of a cooling off in London’s house prices and the Barbican is unlikely to be an exception so perhaps the dream for Barbican owners of a plus £1 million one-bed flat may be fading for the time being.  But this has not yet turned into real price falls or collapses according to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), or to our local estate agents, and the Barbican tends to be more insulated than many areas from downwards price fluctuations anyway because there is a relatively limited … [Read more...]

Flatwatch Summer 2014 – Is the Barbican in a bubble?

As we in the Barbican see asking prices for Barbican Flats head for the stratosphere we have to ask how long can this go on before there is a significant correction?  Take the latest view of the webpages for those Estate Agents specialising in Barbican properties and one finds even one bed apartments (the larger ones in the more favoured blocks) as coming in at around the £900,000 mark and rising, while high-up 3 or 4 bed tower block flats with a favoured aspect are getting near the £2 million level as are some of the other largest apartments in the low rise blocks.  Even large studios are … [Read more...]