Friday, November 13, 2009

Asian Real Estate Investment Market Buoyed in 3Q

Posted By Shawn Gao

The Asian real estate investment market continued to gain momentum in the 3Q of 2009 as capital values generally stabilised, sentiment improved and the bid-ask spread narrowed, particularly for quality yield-accretive assets in prime locations.

Direct real estate investment in Asia jumped 25 percent quarter-on-quarter to an estimated US$9.1bn. Hong Kong accounted for 36 percent of the total volume followed by China, Korea and Taiwan. However, overall transaction volume remained low in the first nine months of 2009, falling by 49 percent year-on-year according to CB Richard Ellis’ 3Q 2009 Asia Investment MarketView report.

The office sector attracted US$4.7bn of investment during the quarter, or 52 percent of the total flow of capital. Residential properties accounted for 16 percent, with the retail sector comprising 13 percent of the total volume. Despite the relatively low transaction volume in the hospitality sector, a total of six hotel transactions worth a combined total of US$300m were concluded during the quarter, surpassing within three months the five transactions recorded in the first six months of 2009. Transactions involving industrial properties also showed signs of improvement with a total of 24 deals concluded between July to September, a similar figure to the total number of deals completed in the first six months of the year.
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