The True Impact of US-China Trade Wars

THERE WAS A FAVOURABLE response to the so-called Phase 1 breakthrough in the Trade Talks, between the US and China. And there’s been further positive developments this week.

However, it is actually worth reviewing where things stood before these recent events.

Despite political tensions, there has been little adverse impact on Australia’s trade with China. And the rapid increase in China’s share of our exports has been principally driven by higher iron ore prices. [Read more…]

Where to Now for Retailing?

A RECENT REPORT (prepared by CBRE) explains the changes being forced upon traditional retailers by the growing level of online and customer direct activity.

As such, they are predicting the need for a much improved in-store experience over the next decade – if bricks-and-mortar retailers are to remain competitive.

Static shop window displays will need to be replaced with ever-changing virtual showrooms – to attract and keep customers interested. [Read more…]

Industrial Property – The Flavour of the Month

IT WOULD SEEM the growth in eCommerce is creating a surge in speculative Warehouse development. And along the east coast, the volume of new space to 30 June has exceeded that for the whole of 2018.

During last year, there was 422,000 sqm of speculative development. And yet there have already been over 550,000 sqm of space built so far this year. [Read more…]

The Era of Multi-storey Industrial Development

AS INDUSTRIAL land becomes scarce and more expensive, you will begin to see more multi-story warehouses emerge.

The first such major project is about to start in Revesby, in Sydney’s west. [Read more…]

Capital City Office Markets

THE CBD VACANCY rate for Sydney currently sits at 4.1%. And for Melbourne, it’s now at 3.8%.

As you would expect, overseas events have caused some hesitancy in the market. And the Sydney CBD can be rather sensitive to the global economy.

That said, recent reports show local business confidence growing – with stability appearing to return, after the recent election. [Read more…]

Likely Impact of the US/China Trade War on Property

ACCORDING TO JP MORGAN, the expected trade war should only shave about 0.07% off Australia’s GDP over the next couple of years. [Read more…]

The Pendulum Has Swung

WHAT AN AMAZING election result … although, I had always felt it would be a lot closer than everyone thought. Now many people are now asking how the pollsters could have got it so wrong?

In actual fact, they weren’t that far out. Rather, it was more a heavy bias in media coverage which fanned the Labor fever.

So, How DID the Coalition Manage to Win?

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A Quick Snapshot of the Commercial Property Market

RECENT RESEARCH conducted by CBRE has confirmed that investors preferred Melbourne over the other capital cities – based upon the strong fundamentals driving rental growth. [Read more…]

Australian CBD Office Market

THE PROPERTY COUNCIL of Australia recently released their Office Market Report for the six months ending January 2019.

Both the Sydney and Melbourne markets have been the strong performers. Although, most capital cities have also seen an improvement in their vacancy rates. [Read more…]

The Pillars for Commercial Property Success

AS YOU WILL APPRECIATE, there is a fair amount of information you need to know about Commercial property. Although fundamentally, all that rests upon just six Pillars.

Once you understand that, everything else starts to make a lot more sense.

So, let’s perhaps take a few moments to briefly explore those Pillars. [Read more…]

Where in the Cycle are the CBD Office Markets?

EVERY INVESTOR would like to be in a position to pick the top and bottom of each Cycle, when it comes to commercial property.

And if you had followed things closely during last century, you would know forecasting this used to be relatively straightforward  with all the various Office markets following a fairly predictable sequence, as shown below. [Read more…]