London Prime-Home Values Fall on `Brexit’ Fears, Stamp Duty Hike

Home values in London’s best districts fell for the third consecutive quarter as financial-market turmoil and the risk that the U.K. may vote to leave the European Union damped demand, according to broker Savills Plc.

Properties in neighborhoods defined as prime central London declined 0.8 percent in the first three months of the year, Savills said in a statement on Wednesday. Values probably won’t rise this year, according to Lucian Cook, the broker’s head of residential research.

Home sales, which have slowed since the government increased stamp-duty sales tax for the most expensive properties in 2014, will continue to suffer as potential buyers await the outcome of a referendum in June to determine whether Britain will withdraw from the European Union. Such a move that could cause companies to cut investment and relocate workers from London.


Craig Erlam
Based in London, England, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a Market Analyst. With more than five years' experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while conducting macroeconomic commentary. He has been published by The Financial Times, Reuters, the BBC and The Telegraph, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on Bloomberg TV, CNBC, FOX Business and BNN. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and he is recognized as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.