Hong Kong commercial property Investment fell 52% last year
January 16, 2020 - Central
Investment in Hong Kong office and retail properties plunged by 52% last year to HK$$68.9 billion (US$8.9 billion), the largest decline in a single year since 2011, property consultancy CBRE said on Wednesday.
The ongoing anti-government protests and economic uncertainty had weakened demand across all sections of the city’s real estate sector.
“A lot of uncertainty continues to exist in Hong Kong’s economy in 2020, due to the ongoing social unrest, trade talks and China’s economic slowdown. This will continue to have an impact on investor sentiment,” said Reeves Yan, CBRE Hong Kong’s executive director of capital markets.
He, however, expected transaction volumes to pick up from 2019 in the coming year, as the protests seem to have “diluted a bit”.
“I have seen more investment activities starting from December last year, so investors are starting to look into this market again."
I believe the transaction volume in the coming year will be higher than 2019,” he said.
The overall leasing volume of office space in Hong Kong dropped 20% in 2019 compared with the previous year, as escalating global economic risks continued to weigh on demand, CBRE said.
It said the prices of grade A offices were expected to fall by as much as 15%, while rents were expected to drop by up to 10%, in 2020.
Downward pressure will be strongest in Central, while rents in Hong Kong East will continue to benefit from low vacancy and strong demand from relocating tenants, Alan Lok, executive director of advisory and transaction services for offices at CBRE Hong Kong, said. [..]
Meanwhile, property consultancy Savills said it expected a 10% to 15% correction across the Hong Kong office market in 2020, with Central set to maintain a significant premium over other districts.
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