6 Super-Rich Home Buying Trends To Apply

You may not be in the market for the same real estate that billionaires purchase, but you can think like the super-rich when you search out your best property buy. Doesn’t it make sense to follow those who are a financial step ahead of you instead of following popular media and industry-driven fads?

Having more money to spend does broaden the range of choices, but the same real estate issues you struggle with challenge billionaires — aka ultra-high-net-worth individuals or UHNWIs as they are fondly referred to by those who sell to them.

Search through UHNWI resources like The Wealth Report 2015  and question real estate professionals who specialize in UHNWI clients, and you’ll pick up surprisingly-practical ideas on how to visualize real estate as more than a place to house stainless-steel appliances and marble counters.

Knight Frank, a UK-based independent global property consultancy, launched the ninth edition of The Wealth Report 2015to share results of tracking the growing super-rich population in 108 cities across 97 countries.

In 2014, approximately 15 people a day joined the ranks of the ultra-wealthy, or those with a net worth of more than US$30 million. This growth is expected to continue, with the global population of UHNWIs  predicted to climb by 34% over the coming decade to a total of almost 231,000. The US has the highest population of UHNWI and is forecast to hold this ranking: In 2014, there were 40,581 UHNWI in the US; by 2024, there will be an estimated 25% increase to 50,767 UHNWI.

Here’s 6 UHNWI Buyer Trends that May Apply to Your Best Buy:

# 1. Location Makes Money

Luxury markets tend to outperform mainstream counterparts. Popular locations are the best investment because even when markets take a dip, these locations rebound more quickly and may keep rising through a downturn.

# 2. Neighborhoods Improve With Interest

Steady UHNWI demand on preferred locations will lead to expansion of these areas into abutting neighborhoods. Older areas (read “character”) with large lots and site potential (especially views) will catch the eye of early adopter UHNWI buyers and developers. Purchasing in an upcoming area can mean greater returns on investment than multiple-offering your way into an already price-inflated location.

# 3. More Is Better

Purchasing more real estate to build a portfolio is common practice for billionaires. Often this practice requires more nerve and savvy than cash since leveraging, or borrowing against what is owned, to finance other purchases is preferred over arranging a new mortgage against a purchase. Buying outside the residence area, state, or country is increasingly important to UHNWI. Diversification is a basic principle of investing and also applies to real estate. Reportedly, more than a quarter of UHNWIs are thinking of buying a new house in 2015. In certain regions of the world, up to a third of the super-rich are thinking of changing their home or country of residence.

# 4. Employee Availability May Limit

“After death, debt and divorce, staffing problems are one of the main reasons behind the sale of country houses. Recruitment, retention and management [of employees] replace the work of running the home and property. Staff, full or part time, may reduce physical workload but they introduce other duties for property owners. Finding staff in more remote areas can be a significant challenge.” This concern can be true of the experienced team required to efficiently operate a condominium complex or the medical community necessary to enhance lifestyle health issues. Look beyond real estate to the community that must support your chosen lifestyle.

#5. Safety: Economic and Regulatory Stability

With unrest in the world, on many levels, UHNWI search for safety. This includes markets with liquidity &emdash; major cities with in-demand neighborhoods. As investors, UHNWIs are searching beyond prime or trophy offices and retail space to non-core locations as a safe haven for their funds. Other studies have revealed a pattern of property investment outside their own country, for instance in Ireland and Spain. Private investment into business-critical opportunities like health care and student accommodation are also on the rise.

#6. In Light of Future Trends

When buying real estate, it’s not just what is going on now or what went on last year. What’s coming next is an important consideration. According to The Wealth Report 2015, city markets out-performed sun and ski markets. Two significant macro trends will have a profound impact on prime property markets:

  • The growing globalization of wealth means there are more UHNWI from more countries looking for luxury homes in increasingly diverse locations. Increased demand is driving prices up. In 2014, New York City experienced the largest growth in prime residential prices — +18.8% — with Aspen a close second at +16.0%.
  • “There is burgeoning government scrutiny of wealth and levels of protection.” Where government policy is intent on cooling price increases through increased taxation and mortgage-market interventions, UHNWI may hold back, which can provide more opportunity for others locally. For instance, The Report states London’s purchase tax for properties over ₤2 million has slowed the rate of growth by 5.2%.
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As a Broker with RE/MAX Alliance, I work energetically for my clients whether they are a buyer or seller. I help you achieve your goal of owning a home or getting the best price for your home in the shortest time possible. After graduating from UCLA with a degree in communications and finance, I was licensed in 1977 and since then I have sold over 3600 properties amounting to over $1 billion in sales. I currently rank in the top 10 in home sales for Colorado. I offer the same quality of service and superior communication to all clients, ranging from starter homes to multi-million dollar estates, commercial and income properties, relocations and foreclosures My goal is to provide you with the best representation possible whether you are buying or selling. Over the years, one of the things that I've discovered is that there is a difference in the way individual Realtors do business. For me, I have always felt that honesty and personal integrity are the foundations upon which a successful business and career are built and sustained. I have an extensive background and knowledge base in real estate, including financing, which has enabled me to provide outstanding, quality advice and service not found with many agents today. My commitment to communication creates a positive relationship between my client and myself that results in a successful property sale or purchase. My passion for real estate, commitment to my clients and personal integrity has helped me to achieve success placing me in the top 1% of all brokers in nationwide. In my career, I have earned a number of awards and received considerable recognition for my success but the most significant recognition comes from the fact that over 75% of my business comes from past clients. My success is a true measure of my client satisfaction.
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