Hey big spender: Sales of million-pound apartments increase almost threefold in a decade

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Just over 1,000 £1m-or-more flats were sold in 2006 (Source: Getty)

Sales of flats costing £1m or more have risen nearly threefold over the last decade, figures out today show.

The number of million-pound apartments sold in England and Wales has soared 196 per cent from 1,002 in 2006 to 2,967 in 2016, according to Lloyds Private Banking's Million Pound Apartments report.

Lloyds found the "overwhelming majority", or 96 per cent, of these prime properties sales were in London.

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Prime apartment sales in the capital increased 193 per cent from 973 in 2006 to 2,853 in 2016. Last year such sales represented 35 per cent of all million-pound property transactions.

Kensington and Chelsea had the greatest increase in million-pound apartment sales in the last decade, rising from 357 in 2006 to 731 last year.

"A finite supply of land in prime Central London combined with a growing population has meant the only way is up with more and more developers focusing on apartments," said Louise Santaana, head of lending at Lloyds Private Banking.

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"In the past decade there has been a large increase in the building of high value apartments in Knightsbridge, West End, Victoria and King’s Cross, while Marylebone and Mayfair being the top two locations for most development. With demand still high there are more in the pipeline."

The growth in sales of flats has outstripped other prime market property categories. Sales of £1m-or-more terraces have risen 165 per cent, while semi-detached properties rose 154 per cent and detached house sales increased 88 per cent in the last 10 years.

Meanwhile, data from YourMove released today shows house price growth has continued to slow in London, though eight in 10 regions in England and Wales recorded new peak average prices last month.

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Despite a roaring trade in million-pound apartments, house price growth in Kensington and Chelsea fell at the sharpest rate in the capital, down 2.6 per cent.

The average house price in England and Wales rose 0.5 per cent from last month, and 3.3 per cent year-on-year, to £301,278 in March. In January, the average UK house price rose above £300,000 for the first time.

The West Midlands became the region with the highest rate of annual house price growth, at 4.8 per cent.

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"In England and Wales, house price inflation continues but at a relatively low, though still positive, level," said Oliver Blake, managing director of YourMove and Reeds Rains estate agents.

"There is little in the short-to-medium term that will disrupt the market greatly, with interest rate increases seemingly on hold, mortgage supply and pricing remaining favourable and consumer confidence strong."

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