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A Brave New World: Investing Beyond the Momentary Squall

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2021 apac capital markets and investment a brave new world v4

Real estate investment markets across APAC expected to continue its recovery from Q2 2021, spurring demand for commercial real estate assets and uncovering a plethora of opportunities for investors.

Commercial real estate markets across Asia Pacific (APAC) are in recovery mode. Transaction volumes across the region surged to new heights in the first half (H1) of 2021, up 28% compared to H1 2020 and totalling a new record of US$103 billion.

Real estate transaction volumes in APAC

Colliers APAC investment insights_real estate transactions H1 2021 v3
Transaction volumes in USD millions

Report highlights:
  • Overall outlook for real estate investments in APAC in H2 2021
  • State of asset sales amidst stabilised lending rates
  • Key trends in real estate investments
  • Recommended investment strategies to capitalise on
  • Key investment opportunities ahead

Download the report below to learn more. To see what could be with investment opportunities across Asia Pacific, contact our experts John Howald and John Marasco.

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John Howald

Executive Director, Head of International Capital, Asia Pacific

Capital Markets & Investment Services

An accomplished leader in real estate cross-border investments and advisory, John brings a wealth of knowledge, expertise and track record from over 15 years of successfully securing investment opportunities and divesting large scale assets and portfolios for global capital.

John is the Executive Director, Head of International Capital across Asia Pacific for the Capital Markets & Investment Services business at Colliers. In this role, he is responsible for growing cross border investment activity from Asia Pacific in collaboration with the global capital markets teams. He leads international client relationship development and provides real estate investment and divestment advice, including origination and completion of investment transactions with global capital sources.

Prior to Colliers, John led Jones Lang LaSalle’s International Investment team in Japan, focusing on cross-border investment and structuring advice for direct real estate transactions and equity raises. John had previously worked as a real estate, hospitality and M&A advisor for a global consultancy in Tokyo and New York, as well as at a US-based developer.

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John Marasco

Managing Director | Capital Markets & Investment Services

Investment Services


I have been with Colliers International for over 25 years and am the Managing Director of Capital Markets & Investment Services, Australia as well as the State Chief Executive of Victoria.  

I have established a strong reputation in the Capital Markets space and have formed close relationships with major investors and institutions on a global scale. In recent years, I have negotiated some of Australia’s largest real estate transactions and have been instrumental in successfully brokering many substantial transactions with overseas investors entering the Australian market. My extensive connectivity in the global real estate market can unite capital with local expertise, regardless of location.

Our national Investment Services business represents market specializations including Capital Markets and Investment Sales. The two clear divisions servicing the Australian commercial office market ensures complete market coverage, efficiency and premium experiences and successes for our clients. 

‚ÄčAs a long standing senior member within Colliers International, I have played an integral role in contributing to the business's success in Australia. I hold a number of senior positions with Colliers including a member of the National Executive Board. I am committed to the success of the business by providing our people with the tools they require to deliver incomparable service and results.

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