New data suggests that prime London property prices will climb by 3 per cent to 5 per cent over 2015, while rents across the same zone are predicted to rise by 10 per cent reports

Data from estate agent Marsh & Parsons predicted that London property prices were likely to slow in the run-up to the general election, due to uncertainty over the outcome – and by extension concerns over changes to property tax.

While the last 12 months saw prime London property prices rise by a substantial 11.4 per cent, the estate agent data suggested that overall house price growth will amount to 5 per cent in 2015.

“Modest and Orderly Pace”

In the article Peter Rollings, chief executive officer of Marsh & Parsons, said: “After touching the brakes in recent months, property values will continue to climb steadily again in 2015, albeit at a more modest and orderly pace.”

Rollings said that now the market had adapted to tighter affordability measures (mortgage market reform, or MMR), buyers are “more motivated than ever.”

Some would-be buyers are waiting until the general election is over, at which time “question marks surrounding additional property taxes [will be] erased,” said Rollings.

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