Transactions slow in major markets
Another byproduct of today’s low-interest-rate, high-liquidity markets is that—paradoxically—they create less incentive for property owners to sell, especially when the asset is a core holding in a major market.
Core buyers take more risk
As competition increases, cap rates flatten, and the number of available assets declines, more core investors are opting to migrate up the risk curve in search of yield, most obviously via development projects.
Institutional funds are considering investment in data centers due to Asia’s data center market is quite fragmented, creating scope for merger-and-acquisitions (M&A) activity. Further, India, Hong Kong, China and Singapore identified as potential data center markets with projected IRRs of 13% to 15%.
The coworking juggernaut
Few trends within the commercial real estate world have taken off as quickly as coworking. Only 24 months ago, most people in the industry had never heard of it. Today, it is taking the office sector by storm, with coworking operators the biggest source of demand for new office space in many major cities both in Asia and throughout the world.
India and Vietnam stand out
India stands out in anticipation of high and long-term economic growth and Vietnam for similar expectations regarding economic growth combined with a lower base and the vast scale of investment opportunities on offer.
Residential markets shrug off cooling measures
Governments have been trying for years to slow the steady rise of residential property prices, usually by imposing a regime of punitive sales taxes and higher mortgage down payments. On the whole, however, their efforts have failed, with prices in most markets continuing to grind upward.