- March 1, 2016: Vol. 8, Number 3

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Trends to watch: Investors have much to consider this year

by Dr Jennifer Molloy

As in 2015, Asia Pacific core property assets are forecast to remain a mainstay for attracting abundant investor capital in 2016, with the most developed, liquid markets of the region viewed as safe havens, according to ULI and PwC’s recent Emerging Trends in Real Estate: Asia Pacific 2016. For investment and development, Japan and Australia continue to lead the pack, with the cities of Tokyo, Sydney, Melbourne and Osaka listed as the top four most promising markets in the region. Ho Chi Minh City, ranked fifth, rounds out the list of most-favoured markets.

According to the report, the main takeaways for investors interested in the Asia Pacific region in 2016 are:

·      Transaction activity across the region is expected to match or exceed that of last year’s levels, which reached record highs even with weaker land sales in China during first half 2015.

·      Buying momentum is unlikely to slow, despite near record-high yields in most markets.

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