Singapore overtook the US as the largest investor in Asia Pacific real estate for the first time: Knight Frank

Knight Frank’s 3Q2023 Asia Pacific Capital Markets study found that Singapore investors injected almost US$ 8.5 billion into Asia Pacific realty, surpassing the America’s cross-border investment worth by nearly 50%.

Singapore has already emerged as the primary resource of Asia Pacific real estate financial investments YTD, exceeding the United States for the first time, according to a news report by Knight Frank.

“The strength of the Singapore dollar is likewise steering large organizations such as GIC and many other GLCs to seek possibilities in industry namely Japan, China, South Korea and Australia. Notably, GIC has constantly boosted its allotment to the real estate asset class, with investments in the America now making up around 22.4% of the complete inbound investment number from Singapore,” says Brookes.

Asia Pacific’s industrial property market observed limited activity in 3Q2023, with financial investment activity having 53.4% y-o-y. According to Knight Frank, the discernible withdrawal from local and overseas clients emphasizes their hesitation to purchase the present high-interest rate setting, in which return spreads have narrowed to a certain level that specific markets are experiencing negative risk rates.

In response to these demands, real estate investors in the place have moved their emphasis to brand-new economy assets, particularly in the industrial and data hub industries. At the same time, the procurement of office has taken a backseat, showing the persistently demanding business sentiment and a poor return-to-office movement.

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Knight Frank international head of financing markets Neil Brookes says several private business offices and government-linked firms (GLCs) in Singapore maintain substantial capital available to be released. The larger market misplacement brought on by quickly increased borrowing prices makes possibilities for all capital financiers to use capital while lots of some other institutional investors are sitting on the side projects, he includes.

“For industrial real estates, the blend of minimal stock of institutional-grade assets and sustained lasting demand from e-commerce, life science and modern technology are fueling financial investment interest. Likewise, the data center field is increasingly deemed a stable, long-term financial investment opportunity,” claims Knight Frank head of research Asia Pacific Christine Li.

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