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Talking Points: Real Estate Update | 4 October 2021

Colliers Asia - Research - Talking Points Fortnightly Real Estate Update

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 – Office

The 'Sweet Spot' - The hunt for quality and affordability moves South

Sydney’s metropolitan area currently houses ten major office precincts outside of the central business district (CBD), with the vast majority concentrated North of the CBD and within the city’s North West corridor.

Although future development is still in the pipeline for these office precincts, it is the Southern corridor that is now also the focus for future regeneration and transformation.

We see the South Sydney office market being a significant beneficiary of Government-backed infrastructure and regeneration projects, with its unique position snuggly located between the southern tip of the Tech Central precinct and Sydney’s major airport and infrastructure.

For more insights, reach out to Joanne Henderson.

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Pan China - Investment Survey

Striving through the storm

Both domestic and international investors are taking focus on China’s commercial real estate market. The world’s economy is rebounding post-Covid-19, and Oxford Economics is forecasting China’s economy to grow 8.4% this year.

Through this investment survey - recently conducted with institutional investors and real estate developers to understand where investors are setting their sights on, as well as future investment interests and trends in China's commercial real estate market - we found that 74% of the respondents are willing to increase their investments in China, demonstrating confidence in the country's commercial real estate markets.

For more insights, reach out to Kevin Yuan.

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Hong Kong – Office

Revisiting the CBD office market

Hong Kong’s CBD office market had previously been dominated by limited availability and high rents, leading to a popular occupier strategy to decentralise to more competitive options.

We revisit the current landscape of the CBD Grade A office market to examine the drivers behind this major shift. We also discuss the diverging performance between higher-quality and mid-market buildings, and what this means for office occupiers and landlords.

For more insights, reach out to Rosanna Tang.

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India – Office

Revitalising outdated buildings: A requisite to avoid redundancy

We estimate that landlords and developers have a scope to upgrade around 100 million sq ft of office space in the top six cities, which account for 14% of the existing stock.

Currently, investors are betting on under-construction buildings due to the lack of readily investible assets. Collectively, the cities of Bengaluru, Delhi-NCR and Mumbai account for about 75% of the total stock ready for upgradation. Mumbai has the highest potential, with 28 million sq ft of outdated stock.

For more insights, reach out to  Vaishnavi Bala.

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For more real estate research insights across Asia Pacific, reach out to our experts Nicholas Wilson, Chris Dibble and Joanne Henderson.