National Real Estate News: Globally, the US is a Deal in Luxury Housing!


Based on the real estate frenzy that the Bay Area has experienced over the past few years, you might be surprised to know that the US luxury home market looks like a bargain compared to other countries in the world. Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Miami top the list of US cities but their percentages dwarf those of China and Canada . Read on.....

Luxury real estate buyers may find bargains in the U.S. compared to the rest of the world. The U.S. is hardly the most expensive when it comes to home prices in its luxury market.

China takes the world crown in that arena for the fastest-rising prices in luxury residential real estate around the world. Luxury home prices in Guangzhou, the capital of the southern province of Guangdong, rose a whopping 36.2 percent from March 2016 to March 2017, according to Knight Frank’s first-quarter Prime Global Cities Index, which ranks the top 5 percent of luxury real estate sales in 41 large international cities.

Meanwhile, the U.S.’s single-digit increases in that time period may seem more modest in comparison.The top three global cities to land on the list are Guangzhou, up 36.2 percent; Beijing, where luxury home prices rose 22.9 percent; and Toronto, prices up 22.2 percent.The U.S. cities landing on the Prime Global Cities Index include Miami (at number 14 on the list with a 4.1 percent year-over-year price increase), Los Angeles (prices up 2.5%), San Francisco (prices up 1.8%), and New York (prices up 1.7%).

"We’re seeing steady and sustainable luxury price growth in the key U.S. markets," says Kate Everett-Allen, head of international residential research at Knight Frank. However, the cost of buying luxury homes isn't rising quite as quickly in the U.S. as some other parts of the world because "there are a lot of major changes taking place both politically and internationally.”

"Source: National Association of REALTORS® (May 8, 2017)

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