Australia names as top cross border investment destination in Asia Pacific
Australia named as top cross-border investment destination in Asia Pacific
| 16 March 2017
Asia Pacific real estate investors have nominated Australia as the top cross-border investment destination for the second consecutive year in CBRE’s Asia Pacific Investor Intentions Survey 2017.
Some 29% of respondents identified Australia as their leading country for investment – double that of second placed Japan.
The survey also identified that Asia Pacific real estate investors would be motivated by fundamental investment objectives, including seeking favourable yield spreads and adopting higher risk/return strategies.
This was highlighted by the fact that 37% of respondents identified ‘chasing yield spread’ as the main motivation for investing in real estate, compared to 15% in 2016. Investors also indicated a stronger appetite for higher risk assets due to the potential return.
CBRE’s Head of Research, Australia, Stephen McNabb said; “A significant result for Australia's market is that more investors are seeking yield spread over government bonds. Four markets in Australia - Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth - offer a yield spread of nearly 200bp and above. In addition, Sydney and Melbourne are currently supported by solid income growth potential. This is consistent with Australia being the number one preference for cross border investors in 2017 and the fact that the gap had widened between Australia and the next two most preferred markets, being Japan and China.”
Interest in Japan has meanwhile diminished amid worries that fundamentals might be peaking along with weaker economic growth. In China, investors’ interest is driven by strong economic fundamentals and the opportunity to purchase undervalued assets, however, current market conditions pose a challenge when seeking a positive yield spread.
CBRE Executive Managing Director, Capital Markets, Pacific, Bruce Baker noted that global investors continued to target both core and core plus real estate in Australia’s top tier markets.
“Key fundamentals, including the performance of the Australian economy combined with our property market liquidity, stabilised system of government and comparative returns continues to attract global capital,” Mr Baker said.
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