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Investment Opportunities Flourish in Australia as Market Temperance Persists

Australia is witnessing a significant uptick in real estate investment opportunities, particularly in the commercial sector. According to a recent report by Property Report for PropertyGuru, there was a 10 percent increase in commercial properties listed for sale over the March quarter compared to the previous year. The most notable rises were seen in medical and consulting assets, with a 28 percent increase, and industrial assets, which saw a 20 percent jump. However, this increase in listings hasn’t yet translated into a rise in transactions. “Despite a rise in the number of properties coming up for sale, to date this hasn’t increased transactions,” Property Report observed.

The stagnation in deals contrasts with a growing interest among prospective buyers, as indicated by a 16 percent increase in searches and a 13 percent rise in enquiries to buy commercial assets on “Yet while deals have been slow to pick up, there appear to be more prospective buyers circling,” the report added, hinting at potential market activity increases through the year.

In addition to the Australian market, Southeast Asia is also experiencing interesting developments in the real estate sector. Thailand, for instance, is poised for a boost in housing developer confidence following new property stimulus measures. According to the Real Estate Information Center (REIC), the current situation index for housing developer sentiment in Greater Bangkok was at 48.3 in the first quarter, below the median for five consecutive quarters. Vichai Viratkapan, acting director-general of the REIC, commented on the situation: “An index below the median indicates developers had reduced confidence and were worried about the outlook.” He further expressed optimism that the index would improve in the second quarter as a result of the recent policy implementations.

Moreover, significant cross-border collaborations are unfolding, as seen in Vietnam’s Binh Duong province, where a consortium of Japanese and Vietnamese investors have received approval for a USD 1 billion-plus real estate project. The One World urban area project, involving companies such as Sumitomo Forestry Group, Kumagai Gumi Co., Ltd, and NTT Urban Development Corporation, promises to be a major development featuring a conference and exhibition center, an AEON shopping center, five-star hotels, and an international school.

These developments across the Asia-Pacific region highlight a vibrant yet cautious real estate market. Investors seem ready to capitalize on emerging opportunities, although transactions are taking a while to catch up with the growing interest.


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