Commercial volumes down year on year

Commercial volumes down year on year
Commercial volumes down year on year

Commercial property transaction volumes rose in the September quarter, however they were well below the same period last year, according to Dexus Property Group's latest quarterly report.

Foreign investors were active, comprising 47 percent of activity.

Total transaction volumes for the September quarter increased to $7.2 billion, partially due to the industrial portfolio sale from Goodman to Blackstone, however volumes were down on the prior year due to a lack of prime assets for sale.

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Commercial volumes down year on year

Major sales included the David Jones Market Street Store for $360 million, with CBus Super and Scentre Group each acquiring a 50% share.

An ARA managed fund purchased the Southgate Complex in Melbourne ($439 million at 6.5% yield and reported IRR of 7.5%).

Charter Hall Prime Retail Fund purchased the sub-regional centre, Campbelltown Mall for $197 million on a yield of 6%.

With limited core CBD assets available for sale, there were a number of office assets purchased in metropolitan or fringe locations e.g. Toorak Road, Hawthorn, New South Head Road, Edgecliff and Coward Street, Mascot.

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Commercial volumes down year on year

Foreign investment activity increased this quarter, comprising the majority of larger acquisitions in the office and industrial sectors.

Domestically, Privates and A-REITS were the most active, with A-REIT activity largely concentrated in the retail sector including SCA acquiring a number of centres.

Investment yields continued to tighten over the past six months with prime assets in the Sydney and Melbourne CBDs trading below 5.5%, while Brisbane and Perth assets trading slightly higher.

Values continue to firm in most sectors and markets.

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Commercial volumes down year on year

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