With a vast array of property choices across retail, industrial, office and commercial, where does the head of one of Australia’s largest property managers see the best opportunities, and where are the warnings?
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Property is not a homogeneous asset class, and changes in consumer spending habits are creating both opportunities and problems in different property sectors.
Melbourne and Sydney rank well among Asian commercial property markets, with relatively high yields, constrained supply and changing use of industrial property driving demand.
As interest rates remain low and foreign buyers come looking for assets, listed property has performed well, but asset allocators can move in and out of the sector based on other factors.
Sovereign Wealth Funds control hundreds of billions of dollars of investments, and how they change their asset allocations can affect prices across listed and unlisted markets.
New technologies are transforming the property industry. While many have recognised this trend, they haven’t yet developed a business strategy based on this transformation.
Non-residential real estate performed strongly in 2017, but much of this return came from cap rate (yield) compression. Going forward, investors will need to focus more on income growth and sector allocation.
I like to learn from history, but also look into the future. The articles chosen provide some of the essentials of good investing, but they also peer over the horizon on what the future might bring.
There is more to listed property than the top eight in the A-REIT Index with many strong performing smaller trusts outside the top 80% of the index, and other A-REITs not even included in the index.
If retailers and shopping centres are to survive the online onslaught, they need to return to Victor Gruen’s original vision of malls as community centres, rather than focussing only on sales and consumerism.
Successful affordable housing initiatives in the UK and indications from Australian institutional investors that they would invest in a similar scheme here are encouraging developments.
It’s easy to criticise governments for a lack of action on social issues, but here’s better news on the potential to grow affordable housing using the capital markets.
A-REITs have been particularly hard hit by bond rate increases, but most are in much better shape than they were during the GFC. Investors should assess the improved value, but not all listed property trusts are equal in quality.
The seniors accommodation sector offers opportunities for investors willing to take a long-term approach, as the population ages and demands a wide range of different types of facilities.
Part 2 of this two-part series on unlisted real estate funds, or syndicates, looks at gearing, how returns are generated, and the different types of exit strategies.
Part 1 of this two-part series on unlisted real estate funds, or syndicates, explores their characteristics and most importantly, how the Net Tangible Asset calculation can be misleading. Every syndicate is unique.