This eight bedroom house is on sale for R100 million Bishopscourt, Cape Town. It features its own tennis court, wine cellar, and cinema and has a 7708sqm landscaped garden. (Property24)
  • Cape Town luxury property growth dropped by over 50% the past year, a new report says.
  • The drawn-out drought and threat of land expropriation appears to be factors influencing sales.
  • Globally, the luxury property market as shown lacklustre growth with only three cities showing double-digit growth. 

Growth in Cape Town’s luxury property market has dropped by over 50% the past year, but the market is showing signs of recovery, a new report says. 

The Prime Global Cities Index by realtors Knight Frank, released on Thursday, show that Cape Town prime property growth slowed from 19.9% year-on-year to 8.2%. The report considers prime property the top 5% of a city’s housing market. 

“The citywide drought and the uncertainty over the process of land expropriation without compensation have weakened sales activity,” the report says. 

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“However, six weeks of solid rainfall and new land guidance from the government has mitigated this concern and sales volumes are strengthening again.”

Cape Town is still the eight fastest-growing luxury property market on the index. 

The top ten cities on the Prime Global Cities Index for 2018 (supplied)

Only three cities achieved double-digit prime property growth the past year, compared to seven in 2017, the report notes. 

The three cities with double-digit growth were Guangzhou, China (which grew by 11.9%), Singapore (up 11.5%) and Madrid, Spain (up 10.3%).

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“The introduction of new, and the strengthening of existing, property market regulations, along with the rising cost of finance and a degree of political uncertainty is resulting in more moderate price growth at the luxury end of the world’s top residential markets,” the reports reads. 

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