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Manchester Prime Property Outspaces London For Asking Price Increases

Press Release   •   Nov 22, 2011 07:45 GMT

18th November 2011

MANCHESTER PRIME PROPERTY OUTPACES LONDON FOR ASKING PRICE INCREASES

• Asking prices for prime properties in Manchester soar 11% over the past year to an average of £319,111

• Average asking prices across all properties in the city increase 0.9%

Manchester is now the UK’s second largest prime property growth area behind London, with the average prime price soaring 11% since September 2010, significantly outpacing top-end property rises in London, according to the latest Prime Indexfrom PrimeLocation.com (www.PrimeLocation.com).

The monthly index, which tracks the top quarter of the property market by value, found that prime property asking prices in Manchester now stand at £319,111, almost double the asking price for an average home in the city (£161,276) and 0.7% higher than in August.

The Manchester prime market has significantly outpaced the city’s broader property market, where the average home has seen its asking price rise 0.9% since September 2010, and is now on the market for £161,276.

Compared with the capital, prime property prices in London have increased 4.75% since the same time last year.

Nigel Lewis, property analyst at PrimeLocation.com said: “Manchester is a vibrant hub for the arts, entertainment and business in the North West and significant amounts of money have been invested in regeneration projects over the past 15 years, transforming the city centre. This regeneration of Manchester, with improvements to transport links and the development of business drivers like the Manchester Media City and Greatest Manchester Business Growth Hub are all helping bring money into the city, and in turn fuel prime property market growth.”

Average asking prices for Manchester’s prime platinum properties (the top 10% of the market) are up even more strongly to 14.28% year on year, compared to prime platinum price rises in London of 3.22%.

The Prime Property Gap – UK and Manchester

Q3 ranking

Q2 ranking

Country

Increase in searches Q2 to Q3

1

1

France

16%

2

2

Spain

19%

3

3

United States

31%

4

4

Italy

18%

5

5

Portugal

23%

6

6

Cyprus

-1%

7

8

Switzerland

30%

8

7

United Arab Emirates

-5%

9

10

South Africa

20%

10

12

Germany

28%

Notes to Editors
About the Prime Index
The monthly PrimeLocation.com Prime Index offers a unique, independent and robust view of the UK’s prime property marketplace, including prices and stock levels. For the first time, the index provides authoritative data for all regions of the country.

It segments the upper end of the market as follows:

• Prime – incorporating the top 25% of all UK property by value

• Prime Platinum – incorporating the top 10%of all UK property by valueThe percentile approach enables the two prime tiers to track the overall market prices, stock and remain relative to local market forces.

About PrimeLocation.com
PrimeLocation.comis the UK's principal portal for leading estate agency firms, representing 12,600 branches including major estate agents such as Savills, Knight Frank and Hamptons International. It lists just under a million properties to rent or buy in the UK and overseas and has over 5.2m visits a month*. PrimeLocation.com is part of the Digital Property Group, a division of A&N Media.

*Source: Cognesia, September 2011.

For further press information please contact Citigate:
Katie Pugh
Citigate Dewe Rogerson
Katie.pugh@citigatedr.co.uk
0207 282 2914

PrimeLocation.com is the UK's principal portal for leading estate agency firms, representing 12,600 branches including major estate agents such as Savills, Knight Frank and Hamptons International.