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Number of property millionaires across Britain ‘fell by 60,000 during 2023’


There were around 60,000 fewer property millionaires across Britain by the end of 2023 than a year earlier, analysis suggests.

The total number of property millionaires fell by 8.3% (60,260) during the year to the end of 2023, with higher mortgage costs and tougher housing market conditions having an impact.

But the total is still up by 28% (146,490) compared with 2019 – before the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic prompted a “race for space” with more people working from home and buying properties in more rural locations.

Britain’s £1m home market is now valued at £1.32trn, down from £1.43trn in 2022, researchers said.

“The race for space and dash to the countryside from mid-2020 drove a sharp increase in the number of £1m homes outside of London and other urban settings,” said Lucian Cook, head of residential research at Savills.

“However, increased mortgage costs and a rebalancing of demand back to city living have meant about 30% of the those whose homes crossed the £1million threshold, have, for the time being at least, become aspiring million pound homeowners once again,” he added.

London saw the smallest decrease in property millionaires (-4%) on the year, followed by Scotland (-5%).

Areas outside of London saw the most significant drop in property millionaires. But the number of £1 million homes outside of London still remains 52% higher than 2019. Wales (113%), the North East (79%) and the East Midlands (79%) have seen the most significant uplift in housing stock valued at £1m or more over that period.

Table 1: Number of homes worth £1m+ across Great Britain

2023 1 year change % change Vs 2019 % change
London 330,668 -12,280 -4% +30,570 +10%
South East 155,085 -23,166 -13% +44,268 +40%
East of England 62,812 -9,688 -13% +21,120 +51%
South West 45,735 -5,918 -11% +20,441 +81%
West Midlands 19,918 -2,723 -12% +8,017 +67%
North West 18,848 -2,230 -11% +6,180 +49%
Yorkshire and The Humber 10,978 -1,694 -13% +4,297 +64%
Scotland 10,931 -550 -5% +4,545 +71%
East Midlands 8,397 -1,116 -12% +3,700 +79%
Wales 4,239 -660 -13% +2,250 +113%
North East 2,489 -264 -10% +1,102 +79%
Total 670,101 -60,290 -8.3% +146,490 +28%
Total exclu. London 339,432 -48,010 -12.4% +115,920 +52%

Source: Savills Research

Prime London holds on to property millionaire crown

Separate analysis of £1 million-plus sales (TwentyCI) that took place in 2023 shows that London locations continue to dominate the £1 million map.  The boroughs of Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster, Camden, Hammersmith & Fulham and Richmond Upon Thames had the highest percentage of sales over £1 million in 2023.

Indeed, London locations made up eight of the top 10 local authorities, joined by Elmbridge and Mole Valley outside of London.

“New one million-pound hotspots popped up across the breadth of Great Britain in the wake of the pandemic, as affluent home buyers changed priorities in the search for more space,” continued Lucian Cook.

“However in 2023, prime property prices held up stronger in the capital than across the rest of the Country (-1.1% vs -4.8%), meaning London boroughs have been more easily been able to hold on to their share of £1 million property sales.”

Table 2: Local authorities with highest % of sales over £1 million in 2023

Rank Local authority Region £1m+ agreed sales 2023 % of all agreed sales in LA
1 Kensington and Chelsea London 1,600 61.6%
2 Westminster London 1,554 48.6%
3 Camden London 883 37.8%
4 Hammersmith and Fulham London 908 37.0%
5 Richmond upon Thames London 849 31.9%
6 Elmbridge South East 759 29.3%
7 City of London London 43 26.9%
8 Islington London 684 26.2%
9 Wandsworth London 1,357 24.2%
10 Mole Valley South East 313 19.2%

Source: Savills Research using TwentyCI

 





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