Commercial Property In Emerging Countries Will Continue To Outperform

Recovery in emerging markets will outpace established economies, reflecting the marked divide in global commercial property. Developed economies in the US and Western Europe continue to be weighed …

Recovery in emerging markets will outpace established economies, reflecting the marked divide in global commercial property. Developed economies in the US and Western Europe continue to be weighed down by debt, while prospects are better for Latin America and much of Asia, where real estate price growth has been undaunted by market cooling measures. See the following article from Property Wire for more on this.

Commercial property markets in emerging economies are continuing to outperform those in developed economies and the trend is certain to continue, according to the latest global property survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveryors.

Its third quarter survey shows that many of the emerging markets that were relatively unscathed by the financial crisis are experiencing faster growth than developed economies such as the UK, Eurozone and US.

Emerging markets that are performing most strongly, buoyed by the strength of their domestic economies, are China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Brazil and this picture is set to continue into the final quarter of the year with a few notable exceptions.

The survey of trends in the commercial property investment and occupier markets in more than 50 countries around the world is based on information collected from leading international real estate organizations and local firms.

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In terms of occupier markets, agents in around three quarters of countries have reported an increased demand for property over the last quarter. However, only just over one third of countries expect improvements in rental expectations over the next quarter; significantly, most are still anticipating increases in available space.

Similarly, in the third quarter, investment activity improved with the vast majority of markets reporting that transactions increased and that the number of bidders rose. Meanwhile, capital values are expected to continue increasing in more than half of the markets monitored in the survey.

‘The more heavily indebted countries in Western Europe, Japan and the US face increasing problems with deleveraging and potential new regulation. This is likely to continue to be a drag on their performance for some time to come. Meanwhile, capital flows are likely to be increasingly directed towards real estate opportunities in the emerging world,’ said RICS chief economist Simon Rubinsohn.

The report also shows that the occupier recovery in the UK seems to be stalling as agents reported that tenant demand deteriorated more speedily in the third quarter than in the preceding three month period.

Sentiment in China appears to be accelerating despite the fact that the Chinese government has tried to suppress the surge in assets prices by tightening lending criteria. Consequently, expected rents and capital values increased at twice the pace seen in the second quarter. Investment activity also increased over the last quarter.

The survey suggests a rebound in sentiment from property professionals in Germany, as the outlook for capital values improved from -9% in the second quarter to +19% in the third quarter. Rental expectations remain negative but to a lesser extent than in the last quarter.

The mood amongst professionals in Russia appears to have improved with the outlook for rents and capital values having increased at twice the pace of the previous quarter.

It concludes that the outlook s most positive in Latin America and Asia, excluding Japan and predicts that the current two speed recovery will continue.

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