Lenders ‘Freaking Out’ Over London Luxury Home Woes

  • Market for costliest homes weakens: Dragonfly Property Finance
  • Bank capital rules reduced appetite for development loans

Lenders are charging higher interest rates for development loans for London luxury homes as slumping commodity prices and increased taxes deter overseas buyers, fueling concern the market is oversupplied.

Debt funding construction of the costliest homes has increased by about 75 basis points to 3.75 percentage points over benchmarks since January, said Randeesh Sandhu, chief executive officer of residential development lender Urban Exposure Real Estate Plc. For large projects in central London, financing costs have risen the most since 2012 over the past six months, said William Newsom, a senior director at broker Savills Plc. A basis point is 0.01 of a percentage point…

Lenders ‘Freaking Out’ Over London Luxury Home Woes

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