Buyers are driving the world’s luxury property market more than sellers

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The 2017 Global Luxury Real Estate Report also illustrates shifting attitudes toward high-end home ownership

Upscale real estate remains a seller’s market around the world, according to the annual Global Luxury Real Estate Report by Luxury Portfolio International, released Tuesday.

The share of high-net-worth individuals (HNWI) worldwide considering a luxury property purchase in the next three years hovers at 25 percent, widening its lead over those who are mulling a sale (17 percent), Luxury Portfolio International revealed at the report’s launch in Vienna.

Asia-Pacific and the Middle East are expected to show the most interest in a luxury property purchase. The former’s population of HNWIs, or those with a net worth of at least USD10 million, has increased 21 percent since 2015.

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“The population of wealthy consumers continues to grow and their interest in purchasing real estate also increased,” Luxury Portfolio International President Paul Boomsma said in a statement. “Today’s high-net-worth buyer seeks privacy and the latest technology, creating a strong opportunity for new home developers.”

Insights from the report, collected with leading market researcher YouGov, illustrated marked regional differences in luxury consumers’ attitudes toward owning luxury. A staggering 81 percent of respondents in the Middle East equated luxury ownership with status: a symbol of internal validation.

In Asia-Pacific, status meant good fortune; 78 percent of respondents in the region equated luxury ownership with status.

All regions surveyed for the study, which included North America, Europe, and North Africa, pointed to a global demand for inventory with technology and security features, as well as flexibility for multi-generational use. Privacy also weighed into the selection of luxury stock, with 82 percent of respondents citing this as a deciding factor.

North America remains the global bastion of affluence, with HNW households growing in number by 146 percent since 2010. Sixty-one percent of HNW buyers in the US cited security as the greatest dealbreaker in a home purchase.

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Source: property-report

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