Real estate insights and recommendations for occupiers and investors in Asia Pacific based on the previous fortnight’s market events.
Markets in focus this week:
Australia – Retail
Australia's retail sector to be resilient as retailer trading and consumer movement restrictions have started to lift
In this report, Joanne Henderson, National Director, Research | Australia, discusses the resilience of the retail industry as retailer trading and consumer movement restrictions start being lifted.
Many of the risks in 2020, including increasing vacancy rates, the competitive online sector and slowing discretionary spending are declining. This has been supported by strong consumer confidence, strong bounce back in consumer spending levels, and a pent-up excitement to return to a post-COVID norm.
Shanghai, China – Business Park
Soaring business park demand underpins buoyant rents
Leasing demand for Shanghai business parks exploded in 2021. In this report, Kevin Yuan, Director, Research | East China discusses how net absorption that more than doubled year-on-year (YOY) caused vacancy to fall 5.1 pp YOY to a 10-year low.
The overall average rent increased by 3.3% YOY, representing substantial rental growth since the previous peak in 2018. We recommend landlords optimise their tenant mixes, prioritising the Technology, Media and entertainment & Telecommunications (TMT), medical & health, and new energy vehicles industries.
Hong Kong SAR – Property Outlook
Recovery momentum of property markets to gather pace from Q2, with a continued recovery building throughout the year
Rosanna Tang, Head of Research | Hong Kong & Greater Bay Area, discusses our 2022 forecast, where we see steady market stabilisation and continued recovery. Hong Kong’s economy saw a significant rebound from Q1-Q3 2021, growing by 7% YOY. We expect a moderate start in Q1, with momentum gathering pace from Q2 2022.
In 2022, Hong Kong will provide an opportunity for market participants to evaluate their position, leverage the market, and act.
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