International Real Estate Market Projected to Continue Positive Trend

The global real estate market will continue to improve in 2011, says a new report from Cushman & Wakefield’s International Investment Atlas 2011. New international opportunities also create …

The global real estate market will continue to improve in 2011, says a new report from Cushman & Wakefield’s International Investment Atlas 2011. New international opportunities also create risks for investors in the property market. See the following article from Property Wire for more on this.

The global property investment market recovery is set to continue in 2011 but occupier markets will drive performance, according to a new report unveiled at MIPIM in Cannes.

A rising level of investment activity will include a broader focus on emerging and second tier markets not just the core gateway cities which were the winners in 2010, according to Cushman & Wakefield’s International Investment Atlas 2011.
The report forecasts that an increasing focus on the occupier will characterise the market this year, with rent and income growth to take over from yield compression in driving performance.

The report, which monitors investment flows in commercial property in 56 countries, reveals that global investment volumes jumped 42% to US$564 billion in 2010. Dealing volumes are still only around 50% of their peak but they are over 80% of their five year average and in some markets are setting fresh highs, notably emerging markets in Asia and Latin America. Yields fell in most areas last year, as higher demand and limited supply impacted. The global average fell 21bp to 7.6% and a further fall averaging 30bp is forecast for 2011.

Asia held the top spot as the leading region for investment, accounting for more than half of all global activity for the second year running, followed by the US in second place and the UK in third. Volumes in the top 20 cities grew by 59% as investors focused on the most robust locations. London was the leading global city for investment, followed by Tokyo, New York and Paris.

‘2011 will present more challenges for the global real estate market. However, there are upside risks to consider, in the potential for economic recovery to be sustained and for increasing levels of business and financial confidence to translate into greater than expected levels of market activity,’ said Greg Vorwaller, global head of capital markets at Cushman & Wakefield.

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‘Countries will continue to develop at varying speeds though and investors need to keep their eyes open to the risks they are taking on. They should look to push diversification back up their agendas: by region, country, sector and currency,’ he added.

The global occupier market started to rally in 2010 and rents rose by 2%. The recovery has been polarised between prime and secondary and has also seen a new tier of ‘ultra prime’, reflecting the stronger demand for the very best core properties, the report also shows.

It predicts that leasing volumes are likely to increase further in 2011, with a focus on the most effective property and markets in all sectors. A shortage of new development and falling Grade A vacancy in Europe and North America will result in a return of rental growth.

However, overall high vacancy and cost consciousness will keep rental growth down, with the report forecasting an average of around 3 to 5%. In Asia and parts of Latin America rents have started to gain some momentum and increases of 5 to 10% are anticipated this year, although the elasticity of the supply pipeline means growth will be volatile.

‘The global market will remain polarized in 2011 but it is too simplistic to describe it as two tiered, it is becoming multi-tiered as the compromises of occupiers and investors drive different segments of the market,’ said David Hutchings, partner and head of the European Research Group at Cushman & Wakefield.

‘Our forecasts assume that events in North Africa and the Middle East stabilize in the near term and that the risk premium in oil prices does not derail growth. Even taking this into account however, investors and occupiers may need to revisit their assumptions on macro and geopolitical risk, not to mention giving greater weight to environmental and natural risks in many areas,’ he added.

This article was republished with permission by Property Wire.


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