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melbourne office

Lack of Construction Underpins
Demand for Office Space

Available Full CBD Office Floors are quickly vanishingThe Commercial property market is driven mainly by supply and demand — especially Offices.

And therefore, with …

  • falling vacancies,
  • positive net absorption and
  • few new projects in the pipeline …

… this means a looming shortage of Office space around Australia — with rentals poised to rise sharply. [Read more…]

Commercial Property Fundamentals
Continue to Improve for Investors


The mid-year report from the Property Council of Australia (PCA) has confirmed a tightening of all major Office markets — except for Sydney and the Gold Coast.

As you can see from the graph, Sydney’s vacancy rate actually increased from 8.3% to 9.3% during the six months to July 2011.

For the remainder of Australia’s office markets, there was an overall improvement — as demand for space exceeded supply, and yields began to firm.

According to Peter Verwer (PCA’s chief executive): “This is a good result, especially now with a lot of uncertainty about Australia’s economic resilience … demand and absorption are well above the historical average, except for the orphan Sydney.”

From this second graph, you will also notice that the Melbourne Office market has been consistently outgrowing Sydney, since about July 2004.

Furthermore, because of Sydney’s heavy dependence upon the financial sector … this growth trend is unlikely to change any time soon.

Melbourne, on the other hand, has its Office demand spread across a wide number of sectors. And therefore, has been far less exposed to the recent global turmoil.

Bottom Line: Despite all the stock market gloom, the underlying fundamentals for Commercial property are strong — particularly in Melbourne.

And historically, it is in times like these when shrewd investors have laid the foundation for their extraordinary fortunes in Commercial property.

 

“It’s Now Official: Offices are the Go!”


Over the past month or so, I’ve been making certain predictions about the Office markets around Australia.

But in a recent survey, the Property Council of Australia (PCA) now makes all of that official: Office vacancy levels have fallen to 9.5% overall — down from 10% in mid-last year. And this has been driven by strong growth in the mining and financial sectors. [Read more…]

Where to Invest … Right Now!

Last week, you are given a quick overview of the CBD Office scene around Australia. But one of the tightest spots at the moment is the south-eastern Office market in Melbourne.

A recent study by Jones Lang LaSalle revealed there is only 12,200 m2 of space currently under construction — mainly as a result of cautious financiers not being prepared to support speculative development.

As such, vacancies will fall significantly over the next year or so.
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Can You Afford to Miss Out?

The other day, we took a look at Commercial property cycles, and where the various Australian CBD office markets might sit.

Currently, Melbourne seems to be “leading the pack”. But you might be interested to explore exactly why that is.

Melbourne Office Market

Melbourne Office Market


Some recent research by Jones Lang LaSalle indicates that Melbourne’s Office vacancy is likely to fall to around 5.4% by 2013.

Several pundits are suggesting it could be even lower.

h3. And the reason why?
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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.