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Most of the global residential property market was enjoying a rosy outlook for the rest of the year before COVID-19 shrouded the world in a blanket of uncertainty.  As of the halfway point in the year, the average residential property in Hong Kong (HK) is the most expensive in the world, with an average of $1.23 M per property.

This is according to data presented by which also outlines the global rental market for 2019 and 2020, key indicators that are important when it comes to better understanding the effects of COVID-19 on the global residential property market.

Global Housing Property Market 2020 – HK Most Expensive, Munich Fastest Growth In 2019

Despite the effects of COVID-19 and the much publicised social unrest in HK, the city-state is listed as the most expensive place to get a residential property with a staggering average price of $1.23M per property. This puts it well above the 2nd most expensive city Munich, which has an average property price of $1M, a substantial quarter of a million dollars more.

This also puts HK at nearly double the price of the average residential property price in New York which is listed as the 10th most expensive city at $646K per property. Hong Kong also leads the list in most expensive residential properties by square footage at $2K per square foot. Notably, Singapore – another island nation, sits at 2nd at $1214 per square foot.

In terms of the fastest-growing property market, Munich leads the category with a recorded growth of 11% in 2019 while Istanbul has been the fastest growing property market in the last decade at 13%.

Global Rental Market 2020 – NY Most Expensive, Lisbon Fastest Growth in 2019

The staggering average property price in Hong Kong is one of the main reasons that in 2018, nearly 45% of the city’s population lived in government-funded public permanent housing. These government-funded properties are meant for lower-income residents which pushes the rental market down.

As a result, HK is only listed as the third most expensive rental market at $2662 per month while New York is the most expensive city to rent a property in 2020 at $2870 per month. Notably, Lisbon blew away other cities as the fastest-growing rental market in the world in 2019 with a recorded 16% growth. Cairo, which places second on the list, only grew by half that number at 8%.

Rex Pascual
Rex Pascual

Rex is an online writer and researcher informed by a global perspective that allows him to uniquely analyse numbers and convey them in a relatable way. He specialises in the area of Sports, Esports and the CBD industry as well as having an eye for the latest financial and technological trends. Well versed in SEO and other aspects of digital marketing, he uses his skills to good use on freelancing platforms while being based in the Netherlands.

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