Rush of foreign buyers supports prime London recovery

James Hyman, Partner for Residential Sales, said: "Despite the downturn, London is still viewed by foreign buyers as one of the most desirable places in the world to own property, particularly those from Europe and the Middle East who are taking a long-term investment view.

"They want to buy in traditional prime locations which have limited stock and little new development, resulting in a strong level of demand."

Prices in such areas have fallen little over the last two years, due to the fact that the majority of these property owners have owned their properties for some time and many are unaffected by the employment market or mortgage availability and have not needed to sell.

They have been in a position to hold out until the market picks up, and with foreign interest now reaching new heights, prices are close to 2007 levels.

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