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Record number of £10m-plus London properties sold

The falling value of the pound has spurred the global super-rich into buying 61 luxury London properties each worth more than £10m in the first half of 2022 – the highest number in ten years. The total value of £10m-plus homes changing hands so far this year has topped £1bn as international buyers continue to be attracted to London despite Brexit. The sales include a 12-bedroom mansion on Belgrave Square that sold for more than £90m. The sale has not yet been recorded by the Land Registry, but both the selling and buying agents confirmed that the transaction took place last month. Belgrave Square, which is about equidistant between Buckingham Palace and Harrods, is popular with wealthy overseas families as it is home to a number of foreign embassies. Other ultra-luxury homes sold so far this year, according to Land Registry filings analysed by property service LonRes, include a mansion on The Boltons in Chelsea that sold for £42m, a King's Road property for £40m and a Mayfair home near Hyde Park for £40m. Anthony Payne, managing director of LonRes, said there was “a hell of a lot of money around chasing very few properties, and of course that is pumping up prices”. He said the drop in the value of the pound, which has fallen by 11% since the start of the year to $1.20, had attracted overseas buyers looking for “a deal”. “The rich have a lot of money at the moment,” he added. 

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