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Asia Pacific : Monetary easing to support occupier demand - Q4 2014

Over the last quarter, more Asian countries embraced looser monetary policies. Together with the launch of quantitative easing in Europe, the widespread global easing has reinforced (...)

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Bengaluru : flurry of activity as the year closes - Q4 2014

Positive growth in the real estate sector returned in Q4 2014, with take-up in Grade-A office space bouncing back to 2011 levels of ~35 million sq (...)

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Australia : Investment volume sets another post-GFC peak - Q4 2014

Commercial real estate investment in Australia ended 2014 on a high note, with $8.1bn invested over the quarter. This is a 27% increase on Q4 2013, (...)

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Delhi NCR: business sentiment improving - Q4 2014

Positive growth in the real estate sector returned in Q4 2014, with take-up in Grade-A office space bouncing back to 2011 levels of ~35 million sq (...)

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Brisbane CBD snapshot : looming supply to keep vacancy elevated - Q4 2014

Limited supply has been added to the Brisbane CBD market over the past two years. New supply in 2014, at less than 5,000 sq m, was (...)

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Melbourne CBD Office : strong investment volumes - Q4 2014

New supply of 113,679 sq m is estimated to have been added in 2014, which is a decline of 42% from the 196,965 sq m recorded (...)

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Hyderad : Improving occupier sentiments - Q4 2014

Positive growth in the real estate sector returned in Q4 2014, with take-up in Grade-A office space bouncing back to 2011 levels of ~35 million sq (...)

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Kolkata : Improvement in take-up activity - Q4 2014

Positive growth in the real estate sector returned in Q4 2014, with take-up in Grade-A office space bouncing back to 2011 levels of ~35 million sq (...)

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Asia Pacific Offices : Occupier demand increases - Q3 2014

Economic momentum in Asia Pacific was largely subdued in the third quarter. Most of the macroeconomic indicators released in Q3 showed disappointing growth, paving the way (...)

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Singapore residential demand : Secondary market activity holds up better in Q3 - Q3 2014

Transactions of private homes fell by 32% quarter-on-quarter (q-o-q) to 2,722 units in Q3. Primary sales took a larger hit in Q3, declining by about 50% (...)

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Melbourne CBD : Office investment underpins surge in volumes - Q3 2014

The national economy decelerated over Q2 2014, with growth of 0.5% compared to 1.1% in Q1. The state economy recorded 1.2% growth in State Final Demand (...)

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South East Asia : Property companies turn net sellers - Q3 2014

Real estate investment activity in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand came in at USD5.2bn in Q3, on par with the amount invested in Q2. In 2014 to-date, (...)

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Bangkok : Swift rebound across major property sectors - Q3 2014

 Thailand’s economy rebounded in Q2 with a 0.2% year-on-year (y-o-y) growth. GDP growth turned positive in the second quarter and was largely supported by a 0.2% (...)

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Jakarta : Better outlook for office sector - Q3 2014

Indonesia’s economic growth continued to slow in Q2 with year-on-year (y-o-y) growth of 5.1%, as investment and exports growth slowed. Despite political uncertainty surrounding future government (...)

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Singapore : Mixed outlook across all sectors - Q3 2014

Based on advanced estimates by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI), the Singapore economy grew moderately by 2.4% year-on-year (y-o-y), and 1.2% quarter-on-quarter (q-o-q) in (...)

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Brisbane CBD : Further softening in vacancy - Q3 2014

The national economy decelerated over Q2 2014, with growth of 0.5% compared to 1.1% in Q1. The Queensland economy recorded 0.4% growth in State Final Demand (...)

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Australia : Volumes continue to soar, yields compress - Q3 2014

Investment in Australian commercial real estate continues to soar, with $10.7bn invested in Q3 2014. As at the end of Q3, the year-to-date investment volume of (...)

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Ho Chi Minh City : Developer activity in residential market picks up - Q3 2014

Vietnam’s GDP grew 6.2% year-on-year (y-o-y) in Q3 2014, bringing GDP growth for the first nine months of 2014 to 5.5%, compared to 5.1% as at (...)

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Sydney CBD : Three year high in annual net absorption - Q3 2014

The national economy decelerated over Q2 2014, with growth of 0.5% compared to 1.1% in Q1. This followed a strong start to the year with 1.1% (...)

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Canberra CBD : Weak demand a brake on rental growth - Q3 2014

The national economy decelerated over Q2 2014, with growth of 0.5% compared to 1.1% in Q1. Strong growth earlier in the year is attributed to improvements (...)

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Tenant Demand in Sydney CBD - Demand recovery resilient to economic downside

There has been a widely held view for some time that following a sustained period of weakness from 2011 to 2013, office tenant demand in Sydney (...)

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Singapore residential demand : Non-Singaporean buyers more price-sensitive - Q2 2014

Transactions of private homes, increased by 55% quarter-on-quarter (q-o-q) in Q2 to 3,836 units. Sales in the primary market made up 60% of sales for the (...)

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Asia Pacific : Occupiers cautious despite economic recovery - Q2 2014

The Asia Pacific economy is recovering. A combination of faster export growth, higher domestic production and capital spending is boosting GDP. We expect GDP to grow (...)

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Jakarta : Residential market to stabilize - Q2 2014

Against a backdrop of political uncertainty over the presidential elections in July, Indonesia’s economy expanded at a slower-than-expected year-on-year (y-o-y) growth rate of 5.2% in Q1 (...)

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Kolkata : Market activity remains subdued - Q2 2014

Kolkata witnessed take-up of only 75,000 sq ft in Q2, representing a decrease of 46% q-o-q and 54% y-o-y. However, there are several space requirements in (...)

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Hyderabad : Take-up remains under downard pressure - Q2 2014

Market sentiment has clearly turned positive, which is reflected in the record levels that key stock indices have reached over the quarter. Expectations of policy reforms (...)

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Chennai : Modest demand for office and retail spaces - Q2 2014

Market sentiment has clearly turned positive, which is reflected in the record levels that key stock indices have reached over the quarter. Expectations of policy reforms (...)

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Delhi NCR : Market experiencing an increase in supply - Q2 2014

Market sentiment has clearly turned positive, which is reflected in the record levels that key stock indices have reached over the quarter. Expectations of policy reforms (...)

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Pune : take-up remains range bound - Q2 2014

Market sentiment has clearly turned positive, which is reflected in the record levels that key stock indices have reached over the quarter. Expectations of policy reforms (...)

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Mumbai : Market remains stable - Q2 2014

Market sentiment has clearly turned positive, which is reflected in the record levels that key stock indices have reached over the quarter. Expectations of policy reforms (...)

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Bangkok : Easing tensions pave way for brighter H2 2014

Thailand’s economy contracted 0.6% year-on-year (y-o-y) in Q1. The economy weakened more than expected in the first quarter of this year as domestic activity was hampered (...)

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South East Asia : Improved sentiment boosts volume in Thailand - Q2 2014

After falling for two consecutive quarters, real estate investment in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand grew 9.3% quarter-on-quarter (q-o-q) to USD4.8bn in Q2. This brought investment volume (...)

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Bengaluru : Markets poised for growth - Q2 2014

Market sentiment has clearly turned positive, which is reflected in the record levels that key stock indices have reached over the quarter. Expectations of policy reforms (...)

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Australia : M&A activity underpins investment volume surge - 2T 2014

In reflection of the overall attractiveness of Australian commercial real estate, investment activity picked up in Q2 2014. Total investment volume was recorded at $9.3bn, up (...)

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Kuala Lumpur : New completions increase competition in retail sector - Q2 2014

The Malaysian economy registered strong growth of 6.2% in Q1, driven by a stronger expansion in domestic demand and a turnaround in net exports. The Overnight (...)

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Asia Pacific : Growth momentum shifts down - Q1 2014

Asia Pacific started 2014 on a softer note. Many of the headline economic indicators in Q1 suggested disappointing growth across the Asia Pacific Economists have revised (...)

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Jakarta : Office market to cool further - Q1 2014

Indonesia’s economic growth for 2013 was registered at 5.8%, falling in line with, and at the upper end of the previous estimate of 5.5%-5.9% released by (...)

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Kolkata : Stable Office and Retail Sectors - Q1 2014

The domestic economic environment remained challenging in Q1, with the latest GDP data indicating modest growth rate of 4.7% in Q4. Inflationary pressure, though stabilised, still (...)

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Pune : IT sector remains active - Q1 2014

The domestic economic environment remained challenging in Q1, with the latest GDP data indicating modest growth rate of 4.7% in Q4. Inflationary pressure, though stabilised, still (...)

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Mumbai : Occupiers wary of expansion - Q1 2014

The domestic economic environment remained challenging in Q1, with the latest GDP data indicating modest growth rate of 4.7% in Q4. Inflationary pressure, though stabilised, still (...)

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Bangkok : Prolonged political conflicts weigh on property sector - Q1 2014

Thailand’s economy slowed for the fourth consecutive quarter in Q4 2013, growing 0.6% year-on-year (y-o-y), down from the 2.7% growth in Q3. The political conflicts, sluggish (...)

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Kuala Lumpur : Weaker consumer sentiment impacts retail sector - Q1 2014

Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) has widened its 2014 economic growth forecast from 5%-5.5% to 4.5%-5.5% to reflect heightened global uncertainties. BNM maintained the Overnight Policy Rate (...)

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Chennai : sector stable, but retail subdued - Q1 2014

The domestic economic environment remained challenging in Q1, with the latest GDP data indicating modest growth rate of 4.7% in Q4. Inflationary pressure, though stabilised, still (...)

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Hyderabad : City on the verge of recovery - Q1 2014

The domestic economic environment remained challenging in Q1, with the latest GDP data indicating modest growth rate of 4.7% in Q4. Inflationary pressure, though stabilised, still (...)

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South East Asia : Activity falls further - Q1 2014

After falling by close to 60% quarter-on-quarter (q-o-q) in Q4 2013, real estate investment activity in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand fell by a further 13.0% q-o-q (...)

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Ho Chi Minh City : Improvement in residential market - Q1 2014

Economic growth in Vietnam reached about 5.0% in Q1 while inflation came in at only 4.8%, the lowest in the past 10 years. The trade balance (...)

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Singapore : Residential transactions fall further - Q1 2014

Based on advanced estimates by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI), the Singapore economy grew by 5.1% year-on-year (y-o-y) and 0.1% quarter-on-quarter (q-o-q) in Q1 (...)

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Brisbane CBD : Vacancy reaches record high - Q1 2014

National economic growth surprised on the upside in Q4 2013, recording 0.8% growth for the quarter. This is an improvement on previous quarters, which had largely (...)

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Sydney CBD : Market depth underpins investment activity - Q1 2014

National economic growth surprised on the upside in Q4 2013, recording 0.8% growth for the quarter. This is an improvement on previous quarters, which had largely (...)

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Delhi NCR : Market sentiment improving - Q1 2014

The domestic economic environment remained challenging in Q1, with the latest GDP data indicating modest growth rate of 4.7% in Q4. Inflationary pressure, though stabilised, still (...)

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Bengaluru : Awaiting positive turn in sentiment - Q1 2014

The domestic economic environment remained challenging in Q1, with the latest GDP data indicating modest growth rate of 4.7% in Q4. Inflationary pressure, though stabilised, still (...)

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Melbourne CBD : Stock withdrawals underpin tightening vacancy - Q1 2014

National economic growth surprised on the upside in Q4 2013, recording 0.8% growth for the quarter. This is an improvement on previous quarters, which had largely (...)

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Australia : Market size and maturity drives investor focus - Q1 2014

A flurry of deals late in the quarter ensured that although the volume of investment in Australian commercial real was down quarter-on-quarter (q-o-q), it was (...)

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India : Modest growth expected in 2014

Occupiers have turned more cautious on immediate growth plans as a result of moderate economic growth last year and negative investor sentiment. However, they remain bullish (...)

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Singapore : Demand to continue to be project-specific - Q4 2013

In 2013, buying activity in the residential property market was weaker than 2012, especially in H2 2013, after the implementation of the Total Debt Servicing Ratio (...)

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Asia Pacific: absorption trailing new supply - Q4 2013

In light of the imminent start of US tapering and renewed financial market volatility in recent months, economists have become more cautious about Asia’s recovery. GPD (...)

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India : Single brand retailers active - Q4 2013

The overall take-up activity in malls in Q4 2013 was lower than Q3 2013 and was largely concentrated in newly opened malls. High-street in most cities, (...)

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Jakarta : Property market resilient despite economic slowdown - Q4 2013

The GDP growth forecast for 2013 was maintained at 5.5%-5.9%. Bank Indonesia (BI) raised its benchmark interest rate (BI rate) by 25 basis points (bps) to (...)

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Bangkok : Political conflicts ignite risks and uncertainties - Q4 2013

Thailand’s economic growth fell for the third consecutive quarter in Q3 to 2.7% year-on-year (y-o-y) from 2.9% y-o-y in Q2. Weak domestic consumption and exports were (...)

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Singapore : Outlook for office sector most positive - Q4 2013

The Singapore economy expanded by 4.4% year-on-year (y-o-y) in Q4, bringing full-year growth to 3.7%, an improvement over 2012’s growth of 1.3%. While domestic cost pressures (...)

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Kuala Lumpur : Market sentiment affected by cooling measures - Q4 2013

Amidst the uncertainty over the strength of the global economic recovery in 2014 and rising cost, Malaysia is still a bright spot for business within ASEAN. (...)

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Ho Chi Minh City : Office market showed some improvement - Q4 2013

Economic growth in Vietnam reached 5.42% for 2013 after the 6.04% improvement in Q4 (year-on-year). Foreign direct investments (FDI) increased during the year, but the property (...)

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2014 Annual Outlook : Time for occupiers and investors to boldly go…

Economic sentiment has improved markedly, with risk aversion no longer in focus. In fact, the outlook has now improved so much that many central banks are (...)

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Singapore : Buyers to be more selective - Q3 2013

Sales volume in both the primary and secondary markets declined in Q3, with primary home sales registering a larger quarter-on-quarter (q-o-q) fall of 52.8%. Secondary home (...)

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India : Single brand retailers active - Q3 2013

An increase in tenant activity was witnessed in Q3 2013 as long-standing growth plans of several domestic and international retailers were finally acted upon. Despite the (...)

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Property Investment Guide : Asia Pacific 2013 - 2014

We are pleased to release the 2013-2014 Asia Pacific edition of our ‘Property Investment Guide’. The guide provides an overview of the framework for property investment in (...)

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Jakarta : healthy growth despite economic slowdown - Q2 2013

Economic growth in Indonesia continued to decelerate, against the backdrop of sluggish recovery in the global economies. Inflationary pressures remained high and are expected to persist (...)

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India retail : mixed sentiment amongst retailers - Q2 2013

Retail leasing activity continued to be subdued in Q2 2013, as most retailers remained cautious due to the weak economic conditions that are currently prevailing in (...)

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Asia Pacific : first quarter growth supports strengthening market - Q1 2013

Commercial investment volumes in Asia Pacific declined by 25% in Q1 compared to the previous quarter. However, this followed an exceptional Q4 – the highest quarterly (...)