How Brisbane’s commercial market has fared during the coronavirus pandemic: HTW

Staff ReporterMay 10, 20200 min read

The Brisbane industrial property market started 2020 with a bright outlook as the favoured commercial asset class however the COVID19 pandemic has upended all previous predictions, according to the latest report from valuation firm Herron Todd White.

“Over the past two years, the industrial market experienced firming yields across prime assets supported by solid purchaser demand and the low interest rate environment, however with the outbreak of Coronavirus, the global economy is in uncertain times and there are likely to be significant impacts on the Australian property market,” said the firm in their April Month-in-Review report.

Discussions with leading industrial agents suggests that sales activity has slowed significantly, with some reporting all of their current stock being removed from the market and existing leasing negotiations being deferred for three months or ceasing all together.

Of the properties that have remained on the market, the report says that weaker buyer demand and extended selling periods have set in with some vendors even accepting softer than expected yields to incentivise would-be purchasers back to the discussion table.

The firm found that increased incentives are being offered in the form of rent free periods, however this does not yet appear to be having a noticeable affect on the drop off in transactions.

“As with the pre Coronavirus climate, the most active segment of the market will continue to be transport and logistics with tenants gravitating towards modern properties with good access to motorways,” the report found.

“The full effects of this global pandemic are still somewhat unknown, but despite this, the fundamentals that positioned the Brisbane industrial market for a strong 2020 are still there, albeit in the background.”

“Once we can all return to a somewhat normal environment, the Brisbane industrial market will no doubt be appealing based on those underlying factors of a low interest rate environment, lack of supply of quality, investment grade assets and the availability of capital,” the report concluded.

Staff Reporter

Herron Todd White
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