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Industrial rent forecasts strongest for Singapore.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

This research paper on Asia Pacific real estate by DTZ Research was published on 23 February 2011. DTZ Research rates properties as HOT, WARM or COLD.  HOT refers to properties severely undervalued. WARM refers to properties somewhat undervalued to somewhat overvalued. COLD refers to properties which are very much overvalued.

It is very interesting to see that Singapore properties are rated as HOT for all three markets researched, namely, office market (-12%), industrial market (-14%) and retail market (-8%).  In more detail, HOT refers to an investment where investors can expect to make returns higher than the risk adjusted rate of return. Markets estimated to be more than 5% under-valued are classified as HOT. To put things in perspective, the office and industrial markets in Hong Kong are rated COLD. Taipei's industrial market is also rated COLD.

As I am heavily invested in industrial properties S-REITs, notably in AIMS AMP Capital Industrial REIT and more recently, in Cambridge Industrial Trust, Cache Logistics Trust and Sabana REIT, I am pleased to have affirmation from DTZ Research when I read this:  "Singapore, a traditional powerhouse in trade and logistics, is expected to be the best industrial performer over the forecast period in terms of rental growth, forecast at 3.6% pa." Refer to page 8 of the research paper. See it here.

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