Melbourne’s office market is back in business, according to JLL’s preliminary results for this quarter showing almost $1 billion in sales, double the previous quarter’s transactions. The research shows this has been the strongest quarter for the Victorian commercial office sector transactions since 2019, before the Covid-19 pandemic sent the state into a series of lockdowns. Elsewhere, in Hong Kong, the real estate market is gathering steam led by a bounce in residential assets.
Meanwhile, swelling real estate prices in the U.S. have sent investors pouring into exchange-traded funds (ETFs) tracking the industry's gains with some funds beating the S&P 500. The sector's ETFs are on pace for their best month of inflows since at least 2014, with almost US$3.9 billion added this year. As workers start returning to the office, shoppers re-enter stores and restaurants start filling up, the demand for a wide range of properties is rising.
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What caught our eyes this week?
Office Deals Double in Melbourne CBD Market
The Melbourne office market recorded $985.9 million in transactions for the second quarter of 2021, almost double the previous quarter’s $412.5 million, in a sign that the market had become buoyant. Despite strong investor sentiment, research from Cushman & Wakefield indicates CBD office rents are at their lowest ebb, but the decline has started to slow.
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Billions Flood into Real Estate ETFs with Property Boom
ETFs tracking the real estate industry are seeing record capital inflows, with almost US$3.9 billion added, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. BlackRock's iShares US Real Estate ETF (IYR) has already taken in US$2.5 billion. Vanguard's Real Estate ETF and BlackRock's IYR have each gained about 20 per cent this year, compared to 13.6 per cent for the S&P 500.
Smart Warehouses Spread to New Markets
Urban dwellers and their expectations for fast online deliveries are spurring the spread of smart warehouses, which are expected to grow at 14 percent, reaching US$30 billion by 2026. The U.S. is currently leading the way, but less-established markets are catching up, with Indonesia, Australia and the Philippines all building warehouses with high-tech standards.
Hong Kong’s Real Estate Deals Jump to 24-year High in First Half Buoyed by Upbeat Economic Sentiment
Hong Kong’s real estate market is gathering steam. Total transactions in Hong Kong’s property sector surged to a 24-year high in the first half, led by a bounce in residential assets, as investors piled into the market amid the economic recovery. Secondary housing topped the list, accounting for nearly 60 per cent of the turnover.
CapitaLand Selling Stakes in $7.2B China Raffles City Portfolio to Ping An
Singapore’s CapitaLand has agreed to sell partial stakes in six of the nine mixed-use Raffles City developments in China to mainland insurance giant Ping An. Net proceeds from the sale — which include slices of combined retail, office and residential projects in Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou, Ningbo and Chengdu — is expected to exceed S$2 billion (US$1.5 billion).
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