Vietnam floods Australia with a new wave of capital

Colliers International Asian Investment Showcase highlights Vietnam as the destination to watch

A new wave of capital from Asia is hitting the Australian property market.

According to Colliers International, over $300 million has been invested in Australian property from overseas Vietnamese investors over the past two years, primarily as a result of Business Innovation and Investment visa regulations which were implemented by the Australian government.

The Colliers International Investment Services and Asian Markets teams visited Vietnam for the first time this year as part of their fifth Australian Investment Showcase. This initiative comprised of 35 visits to 13 Asian cities and facilitated the transaction of more than $3 billion into the Australian property market. 

“Vietnam has been a major new entrant to the Australian market the past twenty-four months, with Colliers International transacting over $150 million of Vietnamese capital during this time across office, retail and development sites,” said Harry Bui, National Director, Asia Markets.

“This influx of capital comes due to the implemented ‘Significant Investor Visa’ which allows high net worth individuals to invest in property, government bonds and start up business at any price point between $500,000 - $15 million. Since this visa has been actioned Vietnamese visa submissions have increased by 177%.”

“Throughout the 2019 Australian Investment Showcase, Colliers met with several prominent Vietnamese groups who already invest in Australia and were keen to continue to do so, including Liberty Corporations, Vingroup, Greenland Vietnam, Saigontel and TNR Holdings. The team also met with groups in Singapore and Hong Kong who continue to have a strong interest in the country.”

Mr Bui said that initially these buyers were looking at Sydney and Melbourne, but as their confidence in the Australian market has grown, they have begun to turn their interest towards other major cities such as Brisbane and have even expanded out into the metro and suburban markets. 

“Australia is expected to remain the best performing economy in the world with almost 28 years of uninterrupted growth and the Australian property market offers an attractive proposition to Asian-based investors pushing for global expansion and capital preservation,” said Alex Pham, Director, Research at Colliers International.

“Over the coming years, as the emerging economies of Asia begin to open to the global capital market, we believe more and more capital will start to flow in from those markets in addition to the traditionally strong presence of the more developed markets of Asia.”  

Singapore, China and Hong Kong continue to lead the pack when it comes to Asian investment in Australia, holding 46%, 30.5% and 13.2% of market share respectively. 

A recent and significant Vietnamese purchase was three of CPC’s northern cattle stations, sold for $135 million in January 2019. 

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Harry Bui

National Director | Metro Sales

Sydney CBD

I am one of the most respected real estate professionals with significant experience in both domestic and international commercial real estate transactions with expertise in Governments, Corporations, Private Clients, Public REIT and Institutional real estate sales & marketing.

I have a wide well-established referral network for connecting and accessing to both onshore and offshore capital, particularly from the Asian countries including China, Singapore and other South East Asia countries for commercial properties in Sydney, Australia.

I am a driving force for the national premium investment auctions at Colliers International as my national team is dedicated to achieving premium prices for vendors and the 'biggest bang for their buck' through our special premium auction strategies.

I am also responsible for outstanding team contribution, excellence in leading successful teams, strong presentation & communications and effective interaction with other business line leaders within the Colliers International Global network.

I am capable of working successfully under pressure with multi tasks in a fast paced environment and highly self-motivated with a hands-on attention to details that only personal experience can bring.

Specialities:

- Commercial real estate investment brokerage;
- Development site sales;
- Deal-sourcing;
- Acquisition and development;
- Investment underwriting;
- Market analysis;
- Structured transactions;
- Complicated partnership dispute disposal (section 66G);
- Government, corporation and Insolvency solutions;
- Due diligence and
- Leasing.

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