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Asia Pacific Market Snapshot | Q4 2021

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Further rebound expected for Asia Pacific real estate markets in 2022.

Ongoing economic recovery, aided by receding COVID-19 related restrictions, supported most Asia Pacific (APAC) in Q4 2021, boosting expectations of a further rebound this year.

Regional trends and key report highlights for Asia Pacific:

  • Confidence and momentum returned to Australia's occupier markets, and the outlook remains positive with flight-to-quality driving demand.

  • An uptick in New Zealand's investment activity is expected to propel the total value of commercial and industrial property sales to record levels in 2021.

  • Domestic investor demand in China fuelled deals in key Chinese markets, with commercial capital Shanghai recording 21 transactions in Q4 totalling RMB37 billion (USD5.81 billion).

  • Investment activity remained strong in Hong Kong SAR, with industrial assets and neighbourhood retail premises to remain the most sought-after assets for investors in 2022.

  • Transactions ramped up in Singapore's office property market, as several private equity funds and family offices including J.P. Morgan and Nuveen Real Estate acquiring prime office properties in Q4.

  • Korea saw several major office transactions closing in Seoul, totalling KRW3.7 trilliuon (USD3 billion) in Q4.

  • Japanese REITs remained active in Q4, and a rebound in Japan's economic activity is expected to aid the Japanese property market as investors' appetite increase.

Download the report below to find out more expert recommendations for investors across Asia Pacific. Contact Terence Tang and John Marasco for more key trends and opportunities across Asia Pacific capital markets.

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Asia Pacific Market Snapshot | Q4 2021

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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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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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Asia Pacific Market Snapshot | Q4 2021