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Asian Property Outlook & Strategy 2013

High-yield investments expected in Southeast Asia

Pacific Star Group’s Asian Property Outlook and Strategy 2013 expects a brighter global outlook for 2013. Although the issues faced in 2012 have not gone away completely, the risks have certainly diminished and economic momentum should pick up by the second half of the year. The positive prospects of Asia are anchored by China's economic revival in recent months. While the North Asian economies of Japan and Korea are seeing growth falter as a result of sluggish export demand, growth is buoyant in the Southeast Asian economies which are coming of age and attracting higher levels of investments.

Greater investment activity is expected in Asia this year as fundamentals remain compelling and global economic prospects improve. Valuations for prime properties are getting richer, but the possibility of a hefty price correction is limited given the continent’s robust growth outlook. Prime values are also supported by capital inflows from easy monetary policies and limited supply of institutional grade assets for sale.

Pacific Star recommends investors to maintain a strategic allocation in Asia for 2013. It is also opportune to cast the net wider beyond the traditional markets and sectors. The diversity in Asia’s real estate markets will provide ample opportunities to formulate richer portfolios while riding on Asia’s growth story.
Leasing activity in the office markets across Asia will be driven towards cost-savings although quality properties will continue to retain their appeal. Strata-titled properties will gain favour among investors and occupiers.
Higher cost pressures and a slowdown in retail spending have reined in luxury retail expansions but retailers have streamlined their expansions to quality malls and along prime streets. Given the limited prime retail supply, capital values and rents are expected to remain stable.
Urbanisation and upgrading demand will continue to underpin residential markets in 2013. Abundant liquidity could push up pricing beyond the comfort level of policy makers, triggering fresh clampdowns and generate short term volatility.


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