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Australia National Investment Report (March 2020)

John Sears • 21/04/2020
The Australian commercial real estate market slowed dramatically in Q1 2020 with just $3.0 billion worth of transactions recorded.

The Australian commercial real estate market slowed dramatically in Q1 2020 with just $3.0 billion worth of transactions recorded. This was 81% lower than the $15.6 billion recorded in Q4 2019, which was second largest quarter on record trailing only Q4 2018.

  • Annual volumes remain elevated at $42.4 billion thanks to the record volume of $45.6 billion achieved in calendar 2019.
  • The office sector dominated transactions with volume of $1.6 billion recorded for the quarter, down 78% on Q4 2019 levels.
  • Retail transaction volume for Q1 was down 77% on Q4 2019 levels, while industrial fell by 72% on Q4 2019.

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RElated Insights

Reclaim 2020: H2 Insights
Insights • Investment

Facilities Services

The way properties are being managed has been shifting focus from tactical delivery to a more user-focused experience over the past few years. This trend has now been accelerated with the health and safety of users at front of mind. Wellness and touchless technology will rise in priority.
Matthew Bouw • 23/07/2020
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Capex Spend

As corporates limit non-critical expenditure, capital expenditure budgets have been frozen over the near term. When capital projects are reinstated expect to see a focus on flexibility. The ability to change up spaces quickly is paramount, evolving the plug and play approach.
Matthew Bouw • 23/07/2020
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Portfolio Strategy

Corporates will need to align financial goals with their real estate strategy and HR policies to successfully deploy agile working practices to help shrink their corporate footprint. This is not a quick or easy task. Expect the implications of lower demand to continue to play out in 2021 and beyond.
Matthew Bouw • 23/07/2020

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