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SG Asia Pacific property investments up 50.2%: C&W

Property Here - Tuesday, June 11, 2013

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By Nikki De Guzman:

The Asia Pacific region saw investment volumes soar by 50.2 percent to US$109.8 billion (S$138.27 billion) in Q1 2013, due to growing investments in both core and emerging markets.

According to the latest Capital Markets MarketBeat report by Cushman & Wakefield (C&W), core markets raked in seven-percent higher volumes in Q1 from the same period last year.

Meanwhile, merging market investments peaked to US$22.6 billion (S$28.46 billion), almost five times bigger than Q4 2012 and over 30 percent higher from Q1 of the same year.

“The APAC region remains a real target for investors. The outlook for China, especially in the core market of Shanghai is positive with investors looking at office and retail assets. In the emerging markets space, Southeast Asia continues to be favourable, with strong economic growth prospects and government investment programmes as well as committed measures at structural reforms,” said John Stinson, Managing Director for Asia Pacific Capital Markets at C&W.

However, subdued cross-border investments accounted for only 7.6 percent of total investments from 12.9 percent in Q4 2012.

“Foreign inflows into Malaysia this quarter have already surpassed the annual totals for each of the past four years; US$630.9 million (S$794.5 million), or 95.7 percent was invested into land sites in the Iskandar region,” said C&W, noting that prospects for sustained investments into real estate remain positive for the region.

“We expect investment volumes in emerging markets to rise this year,” added Stinson.

Nikki De Guzman, Junior Reporter at PropertyGuru, wrote this story. To contact her about this or other stories email