Vietnam, 27 July 2017Southeast Asian countries are increasingly attractive to real estate investors. Stronger exports, coupled with rising capital​ expenditure from companies stepping up their investment across industries in recent months are positive growth indicators, according to the latest data from JLL.

In the first half of 2017, Singapore picked up over US$2.2 billion (S$3 billion) of investment into office assets, and over US$1.45 billion (S$2 billion) into residential land from Hong Kong and mainland Chinese investors.

“Singapore remains a key market for many investors due to its long-term positive fundamentals. Real estate transaction volumes in Singapore rose by six per cent year-on-year in the first half of the year, as investor sentiment is turning positive after CBD office rents bottomed earlier than expected,” says Regina Lim, Head of Capital Markets Research, Southeast Asia, JLL. “Looking ahead, buyers will continue to bargain-hunt in Singapore.”

ASEAN 50 ahead

As the 50th anniversary of the establishment of ASEAN approaches in August, Southeast Asia is looking increasingly strong following the economic slowdown from 2014 to 2016. The region’s economy grew 4.8 per cent in the first quarter of this year, compared to 4.5 per cent in 2016.

“We’re seeing growing interest from large-scale mainland Chinese groups looking to invest in Indonesia, as well as Vietnam and the Philippines. These investors are keen to tap Indonesia’s attractive economic and demographic profile. In Jakarta, we expect advance purchases of office assets under construction to remain the most likely point of entry,” says Ms Lim.

“We anticipate continued interest in industrial and logistics assets in the next six to twelve months, as they’re seen as an avenue to leverage the growth in manufacturing and e-commerce in Southeast Asia.” she adds.

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