Singapore, New York tie for highest first half rental growth

  • London comes in third among 30 cities surveyed: Savills
  • Hong Kong at the bottom of pile with rents declining 1.3%
  • Blistering New York, Singapore Rental

Published in Bloomberg by Faris Mokhtar on 29 July 2022 – 2.23 pm

If you’re renting in Singapore and New York, the bad news: you’re living in the two cities where prices have skyrocketed the most.

Rent in those two cities, located at opposite ends of the world, surged by 8.5% in the first half of this year, according to a report by Savills Plc published on Friday. In a survey of 30 cities, London ranked third, with prices rising 7.7%, followed by Lisbon and Miami.

At the bottom of the pile is the world’s most unaffordable property market — Hong Kong, where rents declined by 1.3%.

Blistering New York, Singapore Rental

New York, Singapore ties for highest prime rental growth in first half

Source: Bloomberg

Despite rising interest rates and increased global uncertainty, prime residential rent outpaced capital value growth, increasing by an average of 3.1% versus a 2.4% in capital value, the report said. This is due to a confluence of factors that include people returning to urban cities after lockdown lifts, and the return of international travel.

“A lack of inventory will continue to fuel growth in the near term, especially for the type of residences prime tenants are demanding: centrally located, quality units with larger floor plates,”said Paul Tostevin, head of Savills world research. “For these properties, the Covid lockdown rental deal is definitely a thing of the past.”

The city of Shenzhen, China’s tech hub, also saw a decline in prices by 0.7% due to covid restrictions. 

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