China's housing market has been suffering from the effects of multiple developer defaults, which has led to plunging sales and the first price decrease in six years. Economists are predicting a knock-on effect on the broader economy as the property sector and related industries make up about 23% of China's gross domestic product.
In the UK however, demand for industrial, logistics, and residential real estate continues to soar, with house prices posting their highest monthly increase since 2007. Similarly in the US, residential multifamily has been so sought after that more developers are converting old office, retail, and hotel buildings into multifamily apartments, with this trend likely to continue due to persistent housing undersupply.
What caught our eyes this month?
China's Falling Home Prices Cast Another Shadow Over Economy
China’s housing market slump has intensified in recent weeks as sales plunged and more developers defaulted on their debt. Home prices have now begun falling for the first time in six years. The 0.08% drop in new-home prices across 70 cities in September may be small, but it poses a potentially big blow for an economy that counts on property-related industries for almost a quarter of output.
Soaring Demand for Industrial and Logistics Real Estate Squeezes Supply to Record Low
Research has revealed that occupier take-up of industrial and logistics real estate in the UK has soared to another record high of 23.7 million sq ft in Q3, boosted by rising demand from online retailers, logistics operators and low-carbon industries. This beats the previous record of 22.9 million sq ft agreed in Q2 2021 and already marks out 2021 as the most active year on record.
UK September House Prices Post Largest Monthly Increase Since 2007
British house prices rose by the most in almost 15 years in September ahead of the end of a tax break for house-buyers, and they are expected to continue their climb to new record high levels, mortgage lender Halifax said. Prices rose by 1.7% from August, the biggest monthly increase since February 2007.
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Record Year Predicted for APAC Cross-border Real Estate Investment in 2022
Knight Frank is forecasting a record year for cross-border real estate investment in 2022 in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region, with investment volumes expected to grow by a third. The office sector in particular is forecast to attract over half of all inbound investment into the region, with the most popular locations being Greater China, Japan and Australia.
A Huge Demand for Housing Leads to a Spike in Multifamily Conversions
Apartment developers will create more new apartments in 2021 in old office, retail and hotel buildings than any time in last decade. This spike in conversions is a result of an undersupply of new housing product unable to keep up with the pace of demand. Developers are likely to finish a record 20,100 new apartments in 2021 in buildings converted from other uses.
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