Unlisted property trusts nearly doubling A-REIT performance

Unlisted property trusts nearly doubling A-REIT performance
Unlisted property trusts nearly doubling A-REIT performance

Australia’s unlisted property sector has continued its strong run delivering a return of 18% for the 12 months to 30 June 2018, according to a quarterly report produced by Zenith Investment Partners, MSCI, the Property Funds Association and the Property Council of Australia.

The report found that unlisted property outperformed Australian equities (+12.9%) and A-REITs (+9.7%) despite an uptick in equities and A-REITs during the last quarter. 

Mitchell McCallum, Vice President at MSCI, said that the attractiveness of property is backed by relatively high yields compared to other asset classes as well as stable and consistent income, that mostly provides a natural hedge against inflation.

“MSCI’s research shows that rising interest rates do not automatically have to translate in negative returns, but that the general economy is a larger driver of where property returns will go, as, contrary to bond coupons, property income can adjust to shifts in economic growth,” he said.

“We’re continuing to see interest in direct property from overseas investors due to the high income returns compared to those returns in other global gateway cities like London, New York and Tokyo.”

 Unlisted property trusts nearly doubling A-REIT performance

 

Souce: Property Investment Factsheet – June 2018

Mark Lumby, Head of Commercial Property at Australian Unity, said ongoing domestic uncertainty would continue to influence the market, but the outlook for unlisted property remained positive. 

“While the detail is unknown for now, we’re anticipating one outcome from the Royal Commission will be the detangling of vertically integrated models which may create a more level playing field for non-bank aligned fund managers,” said Lumby.  

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Unlisted property trusts nearly doubling A-REIT performance  

Source: Property Investment Factsheet – June 2018

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