Research Centre

Asia Pacific Investment Trends Q1 2018


14 May 2018

  • Asia Pacific commercial real estate investment turnover stood at US$25.4 billion in Q1 2018, an increase of 7.8% y-o-y.
  • China recorded a steady flow of deals, mainly driven by domestic investors. Highlights included property companies acquiring development projects on the secondary market and insurance companies completing several deals. Japan saw strong activity from J-REITs supported by an increase in capital raising due to the recovery of stock prices.
  • Other upbeat markets included Hong Kong and Korea, which both saw an uptick in cross-border investment. However, Australia and Singapore registered a slow start to the year, with transaction volume falling y-o-y.
  • Cross-border investment declined by 29% y-o-y to US$5.4 billion, mainly due to weaker activity by Asian investors. Tighter controls over capital flows meant fewer big ticket cross-border deals were recorded by Chinese buyers. 
  • High asset pricing will remain the major obstacle to transactions and is likely to mean that deals take longer to close.

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