Research - MARCH 4, 2015

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Asia Pacific deal volume is up and down

by Jennifer Molloy

Although the Asia Pacific region saw its highest deal volume for 2014 during the fourth quarter, at nearly $160.4 billion, the amount is 23 percent below fourth quarter 2013’s deal volume of more than $208.3 billion, according to Real Capital Analytics. Governmental pressure to reduce property market speculation has affected land transactions in China particularly, lowering overall deal volume. The country saw about $108.0 billion in volume during fourth quarter 2014, down 36 percent from more than $167.9 billion in transaction activity during the same period in 2013.

For 2014, Asia Pacific transaction activity by investors based in the region was essentially flat, and activity was driven more by global investment across the region, which was up 33 percent for the year, notes RCA’s Global Capital Trends report.

Among major Asia Pacific markets, year-over-year deal volume was up in Japan and Australia. Japan saw nearly $12.2 billion in prop

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