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Asia Pacific Expert Insights | July 2022

We discuss opportunities in the life sciences sector in Australia, opportunities to rediscover Kowloon West in Hong Kong, Korea’s Commercial Real Estate Investment Market, a Wine Market Update from New Zealand and the latest GDP numbers from the Philippines.

Markets to highlight this month:

Hong Kong


Australia 2022 Life Sciences Report


Life sciences assets are lower risk, with long-term cash flows and reduced rental downtime.

Life Sciences sector growth has created a specialist real estate need. The size of the sector as an asset class is growing, including specialist buildings encompassing traditional offices, labs and production-based facilities. Like many alternative real estate asset classes, life science companies prefer locking in longer lease terms, given the more specialised nature of the space they occupy. This provides real estate offers a lower risk asset with a long-term cash flow and reduced levels of rental downtime.

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Hong Kong | Rediscovering Kowloon West


Driven by a need to integrate with the Greater Bay Area, Hong Kong’s development will shift from east to west.

We expect a shift in Hong Kong’s development to the west over the next two decades. Driven by Greater Bay Area integration, emerging office clusters in Kowloon West should become an alternative flight-to-quality location, supported by relatively low rents when compared to CBD and the new supply of high-quality buildings. This report outlines the upcoming development areas and infrastructure projects on the western side of Hong Kong and identifies related opportunities for occupiers and investors.

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Korea | Commercial Real Estate Investment Market


Korea’s investment market is evolving amidst high demand and rising interest rates.

In 2021, led by domestic investors, the Korean commercial real estate investment market achieved the highest investment volume across all sectors due to low interest rates and abundant liquidity. Competition is also increasing, with not only REITs, but also investment platforms offering digital asset backed securities (DABS) and tech companies arising as major buyers of real estate. We recommend investors diversify, such as from offices to data centers, to reposition capital seeking the highest returns available in the current market.

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New Zealand | Wine Market Update


Strong wine industry growth and stronger demand from export markets is resulting in vineyard values increasing.

We have seen strong growth in the wine industry with increased vineyard production, processing capacity and stronger demand from export markets. Over the past 10 years exports doubled to $2.1 billion, driving an increase in vineyard values. Over the past 15 years, productive vineyard land in New Zealand increased by 64 percent and we expect this will grow further with 1,000+ hectares to be planted within the next couple of years.

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Philippines | Q1 GDP Flash Report


Property is in expansion mode as economic growth surpasses pre-2020 levels.

The Philippine economy surprised with an 8.3% growth in Q1 2022, a reversal from the 3.8% contraction posted a year ago, making the Philippines the fastest-growing economy in the East Asian region during the period. We believe this level of economic output sets the stage for accelerated GDP growth beyond 2022. The continued implementation of pro-property reforms such as accelerated infrastructure construction should guide property firms with their expansion plans over the next three to six years.

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Key Takeaways

The key takeaways in the infographic below reflect some of the main data points from each of the reports and articles profiled above

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For recommendations and insights into commercial real estate opportunities in these markets, reach out to our experts Ian Sanders, Thomas Chak, Sungwook Cho, Tim Gifford, Richard Raymundo.

View more of our expert thought leadership here, or visit our research library for past market insights across Asia Pacific. 


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Sungwook Cho

Executive Director

Capital Markets & Investment Services


Sungwook Cho is the Head of Capital Markets & Investment Services at Colliers International Korea. He is an industry veteran with 20+ years of commercial real estate experience, recording more than USD 15 billion in transaction volume with a proven track record that includes many landmark assets across the commercial, retail, and development sectors in Korea.

Over the many years of experience in commercial real estate, he has well-established a wide range of relationships with domestic institutional clients and asset management companies.

He is passionate to leverage his industry experience to further expand relationships with clients overseas and to collaborate with experts across the globe to secure international capital from Colliers’ global network of clients.

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