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Fortnightly Real Estate Update | 16 August 2021

Colliers Asia - Research - Talking Points Fortnightly Real Estate Update

Insights and recommendations for occupiers and investors in Asia Pacific based on the previous fortnight’s market events.

Markets in focus this week:


Singapore - Retail H1 2021

Affordable rents present opportunities for new brands to enter the market

Average retail rents declined 2.4% in H1 2021, despite net absorption turning positive. With landlords prioritising occupancy, we see an opportunity for new brands to enter the market via concept or flagship stores, as part of an omni-channel distribution network. We recommend retailers and landlords accelerate and synergise their digitalisation efforts, align online and offline pricing strategies, and innovate with refreshing product offerings and marketing efforts.

For more insights, reach out to Shirley Wong.

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Beijing - Business Parks H1 2021

High levels of pre-leasing should lead to a pick-up in rents in H2 2021, despite new supply of nearly 450,000 square metres in H2 2021

The 2021 supply peak should alleviate shortages in some submarkets, but increasing demand will minimise any rental declines. We recommend tenants carefully evaluate tax benefits and other incentives when looking for business park space.

For more insights, reach out to Cassie Gao or Ming Lu.

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Australia - Office H1 2021

Market conditions varied, Sydney CBD seeing a big bounce back in enquiries

The Sydney central business district (CBD) has seen a big bounce back in enquiry numbers and area likely due to Sydney's restrictions easing earlier than those in Melbourne, offering more time for recovery.

When we consider enquiry size made in the first half of 2021, 81% of all enquiries have been for space under 1,000 sqm. All size segments have recorded more enquiries year on year with only the 3,000+ sqm segment recording less area enquired on prior year, down 16%.

For more insights, reach out to Joanne Henderson.

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New Zealand - Commercial and Industrial

Investor confidence hits new highs, but will it continue?

Results from Colliers’ sentiment surveys show that investor confidence in the commercial and industrial sector as well as the future expectations in residential prices rebounded strongly over the past year. Confidence measures have reached record highs in recent months as concerns over the impact of COVID-19 have dissipated, but will confidence continue?

For more insights, reach out to Chris Dibble.

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Chris Dibble

Director | Research & Communications

Research and Communications

Chris Dibble oversees the delivery of award-winning research reports, PR and Communications for Colliers International New Zealand. With over 13 years of experience and university qualifications in economics, geography, marketing and property, Chris has a  multi-disciplinary approach that assists a broad range of clients in their strategic decision making. Chris is a regular presenter and market commentator with an extensive network of media contacts to discuss the latest insights on current and future property trends. Chris also works with in-house and external writers to curate an audience-focused content delivery strategy for Colliers.

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Joanne Henderson

National Director | Research


Sydney CBD

Joanne has over 15 years of experience working within property research and specialising in property data.  Having previously managed a real estate data product with over 70 subscribers, Joanne has a strong track record of maintaining client relationships as well as delivering quality real estate data and insights.

Joanne leads and manages the Colliers Edge product which is the Colliers premium research data product for clients. Her role also includes maintaining and improving data management systems that the Research and wider business teams use to store and utilise our valuable datasets.

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