Australia’s commercial property investment hotspot is South East Queensland: Knight Frank

Australia’s commercial property investment hotspot is South East Queensland: Knight Frank
Australia’s commercial property investment hotspot is South East Queensland: Knight Frank

South East Queensland’s commercial market has experienced a strong start to 2019, with the first quarter marked by plenty of activity and confidence, according to Knight Frank.

Knight Frank Partner and Head of Queensland Ben McGrath said the market was a beacon of light in the property industry, faring better than most other markets around Australia, largely due to a strengthening economy.

“Both the residential and commercial markets in South East Queensland are performing well, especially in comparison to other parts of the country,” he said.

“While Sydney and Melbourne’s commercial property markets have seen a correction in recent months after significant growth, Brisbane’s market continues to firm, with a lot of enquiry and transactional activity marking the start to this year.

The office and industrial sectors are the standouts in Brisbane’s commercial market at the moment, while retail has taken a backseat, said McGrath.

“The South East Queensland economy is now reaching a level of maturity that is attracting more interest from offshore buyers, and the assets being chased are those that present value-add opportunities or core assets with long, secure lease structures,” he said.

McGrath added that in addition to the office market, Brisbane’s industrial market continues to be very strong.

With the findings of the Banking Royal Commission only just recently released and the Federal Election looming, Jennelle Wilson, Knight Frank Partner, Research and Consulting, said there would be more activity in the second half of the year as confidence strengthened.

“There is no doubt investors are exhibiting confidence in our market in the short to medium term, but once there is more certainty about the future and confidence has re-established in the banking sector – which will take time - this will be strengthened,” Wilson said.

“South East Queensland will remain a strong proposition for investors due to all the fundamentals going in the region’s favour.”

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