Wollongong office market slows after three buoyant years: HTW Commercial

Wollongong office market slows after three buoyant years: HTW Commercial
Wollongong office market slows after three buoyant years: HTW Commercial

Sales transactions in the Wollongong office sector have slowed over the past 12 months mirroring the trend of the broader commercial real estate market across regional New South Wales, according to the latest report from valuation firm Herron Todd White.

The firm's report found, the slowdown is coming at the end of a very buoyant three years where record sales prices were achieved resulting in yield compression across the board.

This is exemplified by the sale of 90 Crown Street, Wollongong in late 2018 for $50.38 million showing an initial passing yield of 7.75% on a WALE of 3.5 years.

Report authors stated, "the slowdown in investment sales over the past year is attributed to several factors including the Banking Royal Commission, state and federal elections, volatility in the global markets, downturn in the housing market and just the normal market cycle."

"There is optimism that recent interest rate cuts will spur activity with most participants keenly watching to see if this will result in further yield compression in the sector or if there will be a more permanent reassessment of risk despite lower borrowing costs."

"During this period of low and reducing interest rates, owner-occupiers have remained relatively active in the sub-$1.5 million price category, however the limited availability of such properties particularly in the Wollongong CBD has seen owneroccupiers look further afield to the region’s other major centres including Corrimal, Fairy Meadow, Dapto and Shellharbour."

"Gross face rents in the Wollongong CBD generally sit in the order of $400 to $450 per square metre for A-grade and $350 to $395 per square metre for better quality B-grade stock in the CBD," the authors concluded.

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