Buyers drawn towards North Sydney commercial property market

Buyers drawn towards North Sydney commercial property market
Buyers drawn towards North Sydney commercial property market

A combination of rising CBD prices, more capital and better stock levels are expected to draw more buyers to Sydney's North Shore commercial property market and stronger sales activity.

CBRE director of capital markets and institutional investments, Simon Kasprowicz expects 2014 to be "a robust year in terms of transactions, with the area recording strong levels of buyer enquiries as investors look for attractive opportunities in suburban markets.”

The current shortage of stock at all levels and increased buyer interest has also led to yield compression across the market.

“The continuation of strong but scarce sales towards the end of 2013, coupled with higher levels of interest from buyers both established and new, is providing owners the opportunity to exit the market and capitalise on yield compressions", he said.

Mr Kasprowicz said buyers were active across all price ranges, . However, he added that the three distinct buyer groups were those looking for A-Grade assets with long Weighted Average Lease Expiries (WALEs) and strong covenants, value-add opportunities with some leasing risks and/or repositioning opportunities, and residential development or redevelopment opportunities.

He also noted that there was strong overseas interest in the residential and redevelopment market, with those groups looking to convert commercial property to residential – "further adding to the increased demand for office assets through the reduction of available fringe office space.” 

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