The first half of 2020 has ended, with the unprecedented Covid-19 outbreak we have witnessed the highest market volatility in this decade. Earlier in the year, we have discussed mainly on how Government stimulus, low-interest rates, high unemployment rates etc. have affected the real estate market.

As we start the second half of 2020, stock markets have already recovered to near pre-pandemic levels even as massive unemployment persist and economies continue to struggle. We expect significant uncertainties, high volatilities and persistently low-interest rates to dominate investment themes for the rest of the year.

Each week, we will share with you the best reads on industry news & trends.

What caught our eyes this week

41% of Retail Investors Expect Negative Returns in the Next 5 Years: Survey

41% of retail investors expect negative returns in the next 5 years: Survey

Yahoo Finance - Retail investors are both bullish and bearish about the future of the stock market and whether they should put money in now, with the differences in outlook falling considerably along demographic lines.
This data comes from a poll conducted by Harris and Yahoo Finance from 200 U.S. adults with financial assets or investments, with the pollsters weighing the data to ensure that results are projectable to appropriate U.S. populations.

Brookfield Says Office Demand Has Increased as Workers Return

Brookfield Says Office Demand Has Increased as Workers Return

Bloomberg - Brookfield Asset Management Inc., one of the world’s biggest real estate investors, is seeing higher demand for office space as workers return to socially-distanced buildings. Rather than ditching their skyscraper offices after the pandemic, companies are keen to return to the workplace after spending as long as three months in lockdown, Bruce Flatt, chief executive officer of Brookfield, said at the Bloomberg Invest Global virtual conference on Wednesday.

Australia Home Prices Slip in June, But Sales Rebound: CoreLogic

Australia home prices slip in June, but sales rebound: CoreLogic

BT - Australian home prices slipped for a second month in June as coronavirus lockdowns and rising unemployment cooled a once red-hot market, though a sharp rebound in sales was a positive for economic activity.

Investors Look to Alternative Lenders Amidst Ongoing Uncertainty

Investors look to alternative lenders amidst ongoing uncertainty

JLL - Faced with unprecedented challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic, real estate investors are increasingly turning to alternative lenders to help meet their financing needs. Coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused uncertainty for both landlords and tenants, with occupiers across all real estate sectors now seeking flexibility in their lease contracts.

WeWork Defies Headwinds with New Brisbane Digs

WeWork Defies Headwinds With New Brisbane Digs

Urban Developer - WeWork has opened its third Brisbane location with two further co-working offices to follow in Sydney in the next two months. The co-working giant has opened the doors of its latest office at 123 Eagle Street, in Brisbane’s golden triangle, after taking out an 11-year lease on 4,500sq m of office space across four levels of the Riverside Centre.

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