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Warehouses: The Rising Star Of Commercial Real Estate Investing

With the decline of the residential property market, is now the best time to invest in commercial real estate?  The evidence suggests it may well be.

Residential market prices across Australia are currently experiencing a drop in value. Melbourne dwellings alone are down 5.2 per cent since the market peaked last December. Speculators are predicting a moderate rebound in 2020, but only by 1% for houses and 2% for units.

Despite the downward trend, demand for assets remains high, especially given the ability for these assets to appreciate. So are commercial properties a better investment in this current residential downturn?

Key indicators show that commercial property values are more elevated than their residential counterparts – even during times when both are increasing in unison.

RICS Commercial Growth Expectations Vs NAB Residential Property Index

The rising star of commercial property is industrial real estate, which has held up very well in the current climate.  The latest findings indicate industrial real estate, particularly warehouses that service storage and distribution, may have grown in popularity with the arrival of online shopping.

The latest building activity data shows that demand for warehouse storage and logistics has increased: a record $1.1 billion worth of warehouse construction commenced in the June quarter of 2018. These warehouses are important for growing cities like Melbourne, as they cater for local production, storage or the distribution of goods. Growth corridors are opening all the time, which is further fuelling the move towards such investments.

There is no doubt that both residential and commercial real estate in Australia is seeing slower demand on the back of affordability, tighter lending controls (that are now being implemented) and an increase in operating costs within the financial sector.

However, the diversity of commercial properties clearly suggests there are still growth opportunities accessible. Scoping diverse property types combined with following economic trends, talking to estate agents and observing outer city growth patterns, can make it easier for us to identify the building types that are most in demand.

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Hiona Kristiansson
By: Hiona Kristiansson

Hiona Kristiansson has worked in the commercial property management industry for 20 years and has complete knowledge of the complex legislation governing commercial property leasing and management. Hiona's extensive experience in managing a range of asset classes includes CBD office buildings, industrial warehousing and retail tenancies. She is a Licensed Real Estate Agent and co-founded HKC Property Consultants in a bid to bring a superior level of service to commercial clients (private investors, corporate owners & tenants alike). Having worked both in a consultant role and directly for a major landlord, she has stood on either side of the fence, which gives her a broader perspective and helps achieve positive outcomes for her clients. Find out how Hiona can help you with your commercial or industrial property. Call now for a complementary 30 minute consultation.

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