Investments in sustainable real estate assets have been growing steadily as they are increasingly being viewed as pandemic-resilient with the ability to generate stable returns. Furthermore, with sustainability agenda for net-zero carbon targets becoming a greater focus for corporates in recent years, a majority of companies are now willing to pay a premium to lease sustainability-certified buildings. Indeed, the real estate industry is now gradually shifting towards green investments and future-ready green buildings due to the high demand from corporate occupiers.
Amidst the housing boom in Australia, investors attracted to prime land locations are snapping up derelict properties for millions of dollars, with the aim of knocking down and rebuilding them to take advantage of rising home values. Abandoned homes in Sydney have not been spared as housing demand continues to soar, driven by record-low borrowing rates, tax incentives and solid employment growth.
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Sustainable Real Estate Asset Investments to Grow in South-East Asia
There is a rising trend in sustainable multi-family real estate asset investments particularly in such markets as Thailand and South-East Asia, with many property players including Asia Capital Real Estate (Acre) tapping on green financing to support this emerging segment. In the next five years, Acre aims to invest more than US$250 million to develop six Homa projects which are environmentally friendly and affordable residential rental apartment complexes.
7 in 10 Companies in APAC Willing to Pay Higher Rent for Green Buildings
A majority 70% of Asia Pacific corporations are willing to pay a rental premium to lease sustainability-certified buildings. This commitment aligns with the increase in real estate sustainability developments across Asia Pacific where 40% of corporate occupiers have already adopted net zero carbon targets, and another 40% are planning to adopt such targets by 2025. Corporate occupiers are expected to increasingly demand real estate solutions that tackle emissions which complement with their sustainability agenda.
Unliveable Sydney Homes Going for Millions in Australian Housing Boom
Sydney houses with crumbling walls, shredded ceilings, bathrooms and kitchens stripped of fixtures are getting snapped up for millions as buyers try to grab a slice of Australia's soaring property market. Home prices nationally have surged 10.6 percent from a year ago, with buyers willing to pay a premium for uninhabitable homes to tear down and rebuild.
Blackstone to Buy Home Partners of America in US$6b Deal
Blackstone has agreed to acquire Home Partners of America, a buyer and operator of single-family rental properties, for US$6 billion, adding a portfolio of more than 17,000 homes across the US. The US housing sector has become red hot, boosted by a strong economic recovery, ultra-low interest rates, and continued demand for bigger homes to suit more people working remotely due to the pandemic.
Greystar Creates €1bn Germany, Austria Multi-family Venture
Greystar Real Estate Partners is planning to develop €1 billion worth of multi-family rental houses in Germany and Austria with an unnamed global institutional investor. The new venture will create a diversified portfolio of institutional-grade multi-family assets across such cities as Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich and Vienna to meet the demand due to a lack of purpose-built rental housing with institutional-quality management.
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