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January 2010

Archives for January 2010

The Office Market is Looking Good

While several capital cities still have a reasonably high Office vacancies, there is a general shortage of space looming.

Room to MoveTwelve months ago, it was all doom and gloom for the CBD Office markets in Perth and Brisbane — with falls expected in both rents and values. New projects were being finished, as the resources boom ground to a halt.

In Sydney … investment banks, lawyers and accountants were reducing staff in anticipation of a severe downturn in the finance sector.
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Your Opportunities Moving Forward?

There has been much written already about the global financial crisis.

But in layman’s terms, it occurred as a result of capital imbalances occurring throughout the world. And nowhere more so, than in America.

The principal cause can be found with the high levels of US debt-funded consumption. And in order to better understand this distortion, you might care to consider the following figures …
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Biggest Economic Threat For Australia

It might surprise you to hear this, however …

h3. A Strong US Recovery

… would probably be the worst thing to happen for Australia in 2010.

If that occurs, the US Federal Reserve would be forced to quickly raise interest rates, from zero to around 3%. And that would cause the collapse in the Australian dollar from its current level of around US90c.

Up until now, Australia has been shielded from inflationary pressures, with a high dollar holding down the cost of imports.
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A Strong Finish to 2009

By early December 2009, sales of Commercial property in Melbourne’s CBD had almost reached $1 billion — according to a report prepared by Jones Lang LaSalle.

Apparently, Melbourne office sales (for buildings over $10 million) totalled around $998 million — while in Sydney, it had reached $444 million.

Sales may well have topped the $1 billion mark by the end of December, because this strong activity resulted from private investors — particularly, in the region of $50 million.

And following another recent survey, more than half of Colliers’ client said they were expecting to see further growth in 2010.

In the suburbs, strata Office demand remained strong — with smaller owner-occupiers seeking Offices close to shops and main arterial roads.