NOVEMBER 14, 2016

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Emerging markets top Asia Pacific gateway markets

by Andrea Waitrovich

While demand is strong in the Asia Pacific real estate industry, the supply of core product is thinner than ever, according to Emerging Trends in Real Estate Asia Pacific 2017, a real estate forecast jointly published by the Urban Land Institute and PwC. The low transaction volumes in the first six months of 2016 come as owners opt instead to refinance properties at lower rates instead of selling them. In general, investors are reporting fewer overall transactions but bigger ticket sizes. Yields are falling but, looking forward, while most investors see potential for some further compression — mainly as a result of the sheer weight of new capital being pointed at the sector — the trend may be reaching its limit.

“Real estate markets across the Asia Pacific are being shaped by a number of external forces that are continuing to drive capital toward particular types of asset classes and geographies,” said Seek Ngee Huat, chairman of Global

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