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Commercial real estate investment shows Value-add on the rise in Asia Pacific

For FY 2018, direct commercial real estate investment volume for Asia Pacific totalled USD 160 billion, increasing from FY 2017’s figure of USD 149 billion.

Out of this growing allocation of capital to real estate, a clear preference for value-add investment strategies has emerged.

Figure 1 shows that core, core-plus and opportunistic strategies have remained relatively unchanged in terms of their dry powder over the six years ending December 2018. 

Core and core-plus are characterised by lower risk and lower returns; generally Grade A office buildings in core locations of major cities, with diversified tenant mixes and stable occupancy rates.

Opportunistic, on the other hand, is higher risk and higher return, focusing on buildings that generally require significant enhancement or redevelopment.

Figure 1: Changes in dry powder by strategySource: Preqin, JLL

Value-add, however, characterised by medium-to-…

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Asia Pacific hotel investment outlook and trends 2019

The Asia Pacific region is expected to be the standout region from a growth standpoint, with hotel investment volumes forecasted to grow by 15% year-on-year in 2019.

Japan is expected to be one of the most active markets in 2019, with investor sentiment driven by the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Investment momentum will continue to rise as investors explore selling hotel assets to capitalise on the tourism boom.

Singapore is currently riding the wave of a boom in hotel land sales which has reignited the interest of would-be sellers who are considering to sell their hotel properties.

In a tightly held market such as Singapore, we expect to see heightened sales activity as owners exit at record prices and newcomers seek long-term strategic opportunities.

With sustained demand in international visitor arrivals, robust trading performance, continued infrastructure development and political stability, Thailan…

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APAC Real Estate Outlook in 2019

As global real estate markets prepare for another year in an extended cycle, the appeal of Asia Pacific’s markets remains an enduring and driving force for the industry in 2019.

North America has long been the most popular destination for institutional investor capital, especially among American and Asian investors.

However, the progressive rise in U.S. interest rates – and the prospect of more to come – are deterring some investors from expanding rapidly in the country, prompting a potential reallocation of capital towards markets in Asia Pacific.

“Transaction volumes in the APAC region were up 20 percent year-on-year to Q3 2018, with full year volumes expected to set another record,” says Nick Wilson, Director of Asia Pacific Capital Markets Research. “The growth momentum will likely slow in 2019, but we still forecast an approximately 5 percent rise in overall transaction volumes.”

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