The Wealth Report 2010  was released today by Knight Frank Research . It is a much anticipated annual survey targeted at the high end consumer with great detail on global residential property trends. The report covers 56 high end housing markets across the globe.
Check out The Housing Helix podcast for my interview with Andrew Shirley, Editor and Liam Bailey, Head of Residential Research  for the Knight Frank Wealth Report 2010. 
I had provided commentary on the NYC housing market for the report.
….While the market has undoubtedly improved compared with last year, we ought not to get too excited. The recovery of late 2009 was a short-term uptick, due in large part to a release in pent-up demand. My view is that the surge in demand is not the start of a rising housing market. While sales are up sharply, prices have moved “sideways.”…
Some interesting data points:
- Overall annual global decline was 5.5%
- Monaco saw prices as high as $5,900 p/SF US.
- 73% of cities saw year over year declines versus 40% last year.
- Middle East down 27.5% – the largest decline – Dubai showed a 45% drop.
- Asia Pacific up 17.1% – the highest increase – Shanghai showed a 52% gain.
In light of this strong growth, the Hong Kong government has threatened measures to restrict the market – notably through mortgage lending restraint, reducing, for example, the mortgage limit for luxury property from 70% to 60%. Despite these potential restrictions the market continues to grow.
This example points to an interesting development. The crippling impact of property bubbles bursting in Europe and the US has created a much more confidently interventionist approach in China, Hong Kong and Singapore (where cooling measures were introduced in September last year) among other markets.
Update: Just came across the Bloomberg video and my interview giving a quick take on the US luxury  portion.