Asia has been a major engine of growth for the global economy for years and, now, it is often at the forefront of technological and industrial advancement. That energy translates to the real estate sector as well.
For investors considering properties in Asia, there is no dearth of options which span a spectrum ranging from office space to business parks to warehousing facilities. Even as the world’s economy deals with disruptions from technological innovations and geopolitical challenges, such as the US-China trade war and Brexit, and an overall slowing of growth, Asian real estate remains active. In 2018, based on data from Real Capital Analytics (RCA), total intra-Asian cross-border investment in land sites and completed properties rose 10% to hit a record high of USD98.2 billion. That robust growth is set to continue strengthening. As an illustration of this outlook, RCA data show that intra-Asian capital flows stayed firm in H1 2019, rising by 3% over H1 2018 to USD53.8 billion.
As this year’s APREA Asia Pacific Property Leaders’ Summit in Shanghai engages industry leaders and market experts to delve into the issues and strategies at play, this paper aims to provide a snapshot of the key trends and opportunities that should inform investment strategies in the coming months and through next year.