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August 15, 2011 12:59 pm

Global property market  to pick up

Source By: The Nation – Published on August 15, 2011

Jones Lang LaSalle’s New “Global Market Perspective” report predicts that property markets will hit a confident stride by the end of this year.

The research said the impact of economic forces on the world’s major real-estate markets reveals that despite some economic uncertainties, the global real-estate markets have continued on a resilient recovery path during the second quarter. The improvements in market fundamentals continue – overall net absorption is positive, leasing volumes are steady, oversupply is gradually disappearing and prime rents are pushing up as the supply gap for prime assets deepens.

“There is no doubt that investors and corporate occupiers are more cautious than three months ago as demand on both sides has been tempered by mounting concerns over sovereign debt and by the pace of future global economic expansion,” said Jeremy Kelly of Jones Lang LaSalle’s Global Research team. “Nonetheless, we believe that barring significant economic setbacks, the current lull in real-estate sentiment is likely to be temporary and global markets will return to a more confident stride in the final months of 2011.”

Growth is also expected in the investment markets during the remainder of 2011, and Jones Lang LaSalle now expects the total 2011 global volumes to exceed its original projection of US$440 billion (Bt1.32 trillion).

“In the second quarter, we saw direct global investment rise by 50 per cent from the $68.8 billion transacted in 2010 to $103.5 billion this year,” said Arthur de Haast, head of the International Capital Group at Jones Lang LaSalle. “This activity has supported continued growth in capital values on prime assets, which have increased at an annual rate of 19 per cent across 23 top-tier office markets.”

While the momentum remains strong, the drivers of growth are shifting. Some markets, such as the US, have been surprisingly robust, while others in Europe have faltered, reflecting a lack of product and increasing investor concern about the euro zone’s sovereign debt contagion.

Russia is the main growth story over the last quarter. Moscow tops the capital-value growth league table and investment volumes are at record levels.

The commercial real-estate leasing markets show a mixed picture. In Asia-Pacific net absorption is still at near record levels, but leasing volumes have disappointed in the US and Europe where economic uncertainty is impacting demand. The global office vacancy rate stands at 14 per cent and is declining steadily. Jones Lang LaSalle expects the rate to fall to 13.3 per cent by year-end.

Corporate occupier demand is particularly buoyant in China and India, while Brazil continues to demonstrate impressive strength in office-market fundamentals. A number of Southeast Asian markets, such as Jakarta, are also now reappearing on the international radar and registering strong corporate demand.

Jones Lang LaSalle remains bullish on rental growth prospects for the top-tier office hubs, with double-digit uplifts forecast for many markets where the balance is shifting in favour of landlords. Strongest rental growth for the entire 2011 is projected for Beijing at 35 to 45 per cent, Jakarta and Moscow at 30-40 per cent and Hong Kong between 20 and 30 per cent.


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