Real Estate

Elaine He oversees Bloomberg Gadfly's data visualization work in Europe and also pursues her own columns combining business and markets coverage. Before joining Bloomberg, she was a graphics editor at the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.

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The air is coming out of London’s housing market -- but try telling that to home owners.

Asking prices in the capital have barely budged compared with 2016, according to Rightmove.

Asking prices for London homes have essentially been unchanged from last year
Source: Rightmove

April saw a decline of 1.5 percent on the year-earlier period, the largest slump since 2011, when Rightmove began compiling the data. This is a far cry from the double-digit gains in 2014, when price growth hit a peak of 21 percent in June.

Lowered Sights
London homeowners are asking less for their property compared to last year
Sources: Rightmove; LSL Acadata House Price Index

In some of London's poshest districts -- places like Kensington and Islington -- prices are in decline. Out in the suburbs, they're climbing as buyers seek more affordable homes. 

Faced with this, Londoners are weirdly confident about the future value of their homes, as this index from Knight Frank and IHS Markit shows: more expect the price of their house to rise than fall. 

Confidence Vote
London residents remain sanguine that their home's value has grown or will grow
Source: Knight Frank/IHS Markit House Price Sentiment Index
Note: Reading of 50 represents no change. "Current" represents how respondents believe the value of their home has changed compared to one month ago; "future" is compared to 12 months from now.

Nationally, Britons' faith in bricks and mortar looks solid. Ask a householder how they expect the value of their property to change in the next year, and nine out of ten expect it to rise or stay the same.

Expect the slow decline in asking prices to put this optimism to the test in coming months.

This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of Bloomberg LP and its owners.

(Corrects the price-growth range for Croydon in cartogram.)

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