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Promising year for Asia Pacific property markets

Promising year for Asia Pacific property markets

Commercial office, industrial and logistics property markets across the Asia Pacific region performed well in the first quarter of 2021 setting the stage for a sustained recovery in coming months, according to the latest Asia Pacific Market Snapshot report released from Colliers.

Commenting on the report’s results, Richard Kirke, International Director with ColliersCapital Markets notes there is a growing view amongst investors that the worst of the market disruption caused by COVID-19 has now passed.

“Investor confidence continues to improve across the Asia Pacific region, and we are experiencing heightened deal volumes that will renew enthusiasm for the sector from the lows of 2020.

“It way a very busy first quarter in China, from both local and offshore investors, with Beijing recording more sales in the quarter than for all of 2020 combined.

“A resurgence in Hong Kong, Singapore and a completion of a number of office and major residential transactions in Japan provided further evidence that 2021 is set to be a year of higher transaction volumes,” says Kirke.

And closer to home, the report also noted that even though the first quarter is typically quieter than others, heightened activity in Australia and New Zealand - due to a combination of factors such as workers returning to their offices, the rollout of vaccines, low interest rates, and international borders reopening - were all positives.

Chris Dibble, Colliers’ National Director of Partnerships, Research and Communications notes that locally, the situation continues to be well managed.

“With the global vaccine rollout gathering momentum, there is increased optimism and anticipation of a return to relatively normal market conditions.

“Investors appreciate the short-term disruption of the situation and are turning their attention to longer-term fundamentals, including demand and supply imbalances and low interest rates.

“Demand has been bolstered for safe haven assets; flagship office assets, industrial and bulk retail properties, with the latter two asset classes continuing to experience strong tenant demand.

“Recent industrial vacancy surveys show market conditions have remained extremely tight, bolstering the view that vacancy is at, or close to, its cyclical peak.

Confidence in the office sector is recovering, buoyed by improving demand and supply dynamics with confirmed tenant demand for space within new projects underpinning development activity.

“While sub-lease office space remains available, more so for Auckland than in Wellington, plans for returning to office premises, expansion plans and new business growth are all pointing in the right direction for greater levels of demand ahead,” says Dibble.

Terence Tang, Managing Director, Capital Markets & Investment Services for Asia notes the region’s property markets are off to a strong start having capitalised on the momentum from the previous quarter.

“We expect the industrial segment will continue to do well by riding the e-commerce wave while office assets will receive a boost from people returning to work in growing numbers.

“Overall, the coming months will see the recovery strengthen thanks to easy liquidity and market-friendly government initiatives coupled with the roll-out of vaccines and expectations of borders eventually reopening.”

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Richard Kirke

Director | Capital Markets


Richard is responsible for the promotion of New Zealand property to international investors, leveraging of his relationships developed in executive positions during his near 8 years in Hong Kong, as well as assisting to grow the company’s nationwide Rural and Agribusiness agency capability.

Richard began his real estate career in 2004 with CBRE, in the five years he spent with them (before leaving to run Colliers Hong Kong business in 2008) he was involved in many notable transactions including the sale of the Lion Nathan site in Newmarket for $162m, the sale of the GE & BNZ Britomart properties on behalf of Manson’s to the German fund HIH and portfolio sales, including the successful auctioning of 16 National Bank Branches across New Zealand.

During his time as MD of Colliers Hong Kong he was involved in the sale of 50 Connaught Road on behalf Apollo Group (a New York based Hedge Fund) to the Agricultural Bank of China for $US632m.

Richard was the Managing Director of Colliers Hong Kong office for six years from 2009-2014. During this time he was an active participant in several high value transactions and developed broad relationships with both Asian investors and colleagues across the region.

In late 2014, Richard agreed to run CBRE’s Asia Pacific Capital Market business, including their Capital Advisory (Real Estate Investment Banking) business, this further added to his knowledge of real estate investors, particularly in greater Asia.

As a senior executive of Colliers for 6 years in Hong Kong, Richard has strong personal relationships with Colliers personnel across the globe.

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Chris Dibble

National Director | Colliers Partnerships, Research & Communications


Chris Dibble oversees three key business units at Colliers New Zealand - Colliers Partnerships, Research and Communications.

Colliers Partnership priorities focus on support initiatives that drive collaboration, best practice learning, cost efficiencies, and growth opportunities across the wider Colliers franchise network.

As the head of research for Colliers, Chris oversees the collaboration and delivery of award-winning research reports. He is a regular presenter and market commentator, often discussing the latest insights on current and future property trends.

Chris also leads  PR and communications for Colliers. He works with in-house and external writers to curate an audience-focused content delivery strategy. 

With over 15 years of experience and university qualifications in economics, geography, marketing and property, Chris provides a multi-disciplinary approach that assists a broad range of clients and internal stakeholders.

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