APAC outpaces U.S. and Europe in global real estate investment

APAC outpaces U.S. and Europe in global real estate investment

Low interest rates, diverse assets fuel regional dominance.

The Asia-Pacific has witnessed a 91% volume in global real estate investments over a ten-year average, significantly outpacing both the US and Europe.

Chris Pilgrim, Colliers’ Managing Director of Global Capital Markets, Asia Pacific, attributed this surge to several factors, notably the lower interest rate environment in the region, which has made investment spreads more attractive compared to other parts of the world. 

This advantage has spurred investors, particularly from Singapore, Hong Kong, and Japan, to not only increase activity within their region but also become major players on the global stage. 

“Asia Pacific as a real dominant source for global capital,” Pilgrim noted, emphasising the strategic movements of Asian capitals in the international real estate market.

One significant trend impacting regional investments is the shift in cap rate spreads. Pilgrim pointed out that Japan, in particular, has offered the most favourable real estate spread environment in 2023, boasting an average 80% over the last decade. 

This favourable condition has elevated Japan to a top destination for global capital, cementing its position as a major player in both local and international markets. The cross-border capital from Japan has notably increased, underscoring the country's rising influence in the real estate sector.

Central bank policies have also played a crucial role in shaping investment strategies throughout 2023. These policies have significantly influenced investor decisions, from major institutions to private individuals, impacting where and how capital is deployed into real estate. 

Pilgrim observed a marked shift towards sectors offering greater security, such as student housing and hospitality, which have become particularly appealing due to their perceived stability and protection.

Furthermore, the Asia-Pacific region has been pioneering in diversifying into alternative asset classes beyond traditional real estate investments like office spaces and logistics. Capital from Asia-Pacific is increasingly flowing into multifamily asset classes and evolving markets, such as the UK and Australia, which are developing new sectors for investment.

Pilgrim highlighted the significant capital influx from Singapore, Malaysia, and Hong Kong into these emerging asset classes, showcasing the region’s innovative approach to global real estate investment.

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