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Talking Points: Real Estate Update | 15 November 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:


China  Overseas investment

Chinese M&A transactions most popular in the TMT, consumer products and financial services sectors

Chinese foreign direct investment concentrates in North America, Southeast Asia, and Central Asia. Among those investments, technology, media and telecommunications (TMT), consumer products, financial services, advanced manufacturing & mobility are the most popular sectors for merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions.

Colliers recommends Chinese overseas investors to be alert to overseas investment risks caused by the uncertain economy. Investors should organise professional teams to conduct market research and legal reviews to ensure the feasibility of investments while avoiding future operational risk. 

For more insights, reach out to Kevin Yuan.

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New Zealand - Industrial & logistics

Demand for industrial workspace across the Canterbury region held high

Demand for industrial workspace across the Canterbury region has held at high levels, driven by growth within the logistics, manufacturing and wholesale trade sectors.

Leasing options remain limited, particularly for high quality premises. Investment activity is constrained only by a lack of product being brought to market. Prime yields have tightened again over the last year with sales generally reflecting a yield of between 4.5%-5%, sharper for smaller premises.

For more insights, reach out to Chris Dibble.

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Philippines  Office

BPO and traditional corporate occupiers will continue to drive office demand in Metro Manila

Business process outsourcing (BPO) firms and traditional corporate occupiers will continue to drive office demand in Metro Manila. Net absorption is projected to remain negative in 2021 before deals pick up in 2022.

Over the next 12 months, improvement in vaccination rates, relaxation of mobility restrictions, and rise in business confidence should buoy office space absorption. Availability of options in prime locations and attractive rents should enable tenants to move to major business districts.

For more insights, reach out to Joey Bondoc.

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Philippines  Residential

Bracing for pent up demand

Residential leasing continues to be lukewarm due to the notable absence of demand from Philippines Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) and other expatriates. The government-projected economic rebound in 2021 and completion of infrastructure projects should play a pivotal role in pump-priming the secondary market.

Developers should be relentless in lining up projects and landbanking in key locations to maximize market recovery beyond 2021. Recovery hinges on a number of factors including a rebound of the office market.

For more insights, reach out to Joey Bondoc.

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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.


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Nicholas Wilson

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Nick joined Colliers as Director, Head of Investor and Developer Research, Asia in April 2021. Nick is responsible for the provision of thought leadership and research covering the investor and developer markets across Asia. He delivers market leading insights and actionable research to support Colliers' clients in their investment strategy and understanding of the latest trends. 

Nick has over 12 years of experience in researching real estate markets in Asia Pacific, covering a range of different geographies and sectors, as well as themes related to direct markets, indirect investment trends and real estate debt markets. Prior to joining Colliers, Nick worked for JLL in roles based in Australia, Singapore and Japan and was most recently the Head of Capital Markets Research for Asia Pacific. 


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Chris Dibble

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Chris Dibble oversees three key business units at Colliers New Zealand - Colliers Partnerships, Research and Communications.

Colliers Partnership priorities focus on support initiatives that drive collaboration, best practice learning, cost efficiencies, and growth opportunities across the wider Colliers franchise network.

As the head of research for Colliers, Chris oversees the collaboration and delivery of award-winning research reports. He is a regular presenter and market commentator, often discussing the latest insights on current and future property trends.

Chris also leads  PR and communications for Colliers. He works with in-house and external writers to curate an audience-focused content delivery strategy. 

With over 15 years of experience and university qualifications in economics, geography, marketing and property, Chris provides a multi-disciplinary approach that assists a broad range of clients and internal stakeholders.

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Joanne Henderson

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Joanne has over 15 years of experience working within property research and specialising in property data.  Having previously managed a real estate data product with over 70 subscribers, Joanne has a strong track record of maintaining client relationships as well as delivering quality real estate data and insights.

Joanne leads and manages the Colliers Edge product which is the Colliers premium research data product for clients. Her role also includes maintaining and improving data management systems that the Research and wider business teams use to store and utilise our valuable datasets.

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Joey Bondoc

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Prior to joining Colliers in March 2016, Joey worked as a Research Manager for a research and consutancy firm where he handled business, political, and macroeconomic analysis. He took part in a number of consultancy projects with multilateral agencies and provided research support and policy recommendations to key government officials and top executives of MNCs in the Philippines.

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