Sydney

Record first half for Sydney as investors target office investment opportunities

Sydney has recorded its highest ever start to the year for office property sales, with $4.4 billion in assets changing hands according to new CBRE data.

31 Jul 2019

Sydney has recorded its highest ever start to the year for office property sales, with $4.4 billion in assets changing hands according to new CBRE data.

CBRE’s Q2 Office MarketView report highlights that Sydney and Melbourne were the two most active markets in the country in the first half of 2019, as investors continued to seek out office investment opportunities.

A total of $8.5 billion in office property changed hands nationally during the six-month period – up 21% on the previous corresponding period.

“Volumes were better than expected, registering the strongest start to a year on record as despite the tightly held nature of the major CBD markets, and the difficulty in recycling capital, owners have been willing to sell for the right price,” CBRE’s head of Capital Markets research, Ben Martin-Henry, said.

“This has resulted in further yield compression across all major markets to a national average of 5.2% for prime stock.”

Mr Martin-Henry noted that the RBA’s announcement of two, 25bps rate cuts since the Federal election meant that investors were now capitalising on rates of sub 3%, which was expected to drive further compression in property yields.

From a Sydney perspective, the $4.4 billion sales tally in the first half represented a 40% increase on H1, 2018.

CBRE Capital Markets Director Michael Andrews said the average price paid at ~$156 million was the highest on record, illustrating the premiums being paid by investors to secure available assets.

Partially driving the strong result was Scentre Group’s $1.52 billion disposal of the 299-year leasehold office towers above Westfield Sydney to Blackstone.

“However, while volumes have been high this half, the total number of sales and the current availability of stock to purchase is much lower that we have witnessed previously,” Mr Andrews noted.

“Tighter yields are being driven by aggressive and available debt enhancing levered returns for investors. We see this as one of the catalysts to driving further yield compression.”For Australian/international news or global stories, follow us on Twitter: @cbreaustralia

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