Philippine property market seen to be hottest in Asia

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Philippine Times

By Riza T. Olchondra

06-06-2013

 

The Philippine office sector is among the most dynamic in Asia and is growing at record levels, according to officials of CBRE Philippines.

The commercial real estate services firm said Metro Manila was leading the country’s office market, with occupancy rates hitting 97 per cent across Central Business Districts (CBDs) in the first quarter of 2013.

In the office rent market, Manila is among the areas where rental growth is accelerating, alongside Bangkok, Taipei, Tokyo, according to industry data.

High investor confidence brought vacancy levels to hover at an all-time low of 3.21 per cent in Metro Manila from the recorded 3.43 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2012 amid economic growth, credit upgrades, cost-effective rental rates, the influx of expanding multinationals and manufacturers, and expatriates moving from renting to buying properties, said CBRE CEO Rick Santos in a briefing on Wednesday.

Combined with the effect of anti-speculation taxes, tighter rules, and sky-high property costs in saturated markets such as China, Hong Kong and Singapore, more property investments are expected to boost Philippine developers, said CBRE vice chairman and global corporate services chief Joey Radovan at the same briefing.

Radovan said that even with the challenge posed by a strong peso, the Philippines remained among the most cost-effective and attractive (with a young and talented labour force) destinations for BPOs and real estate investors in Asia.

Makati City remains the country’s top CBD as it offers the highest quality Grade A and premium office buildings available in the market, Radovan said. Makati largely gained from the expansion of multinational corporations, with the CBD’s vacancy rating down to 5.07 per cent in the first quarter from 5.45 per cent recorded in the previous quarter.

Declining office space vacancy put upward pressure on rent, pushing average asking lease rate up to P890.27 a square meter a month for the first quarter of 2013.

Radovan said vacancy rates in Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Ortigas, Alabang, and Quezon City fell below 5 per cent in the first quarter, benefiting from the tightening of supply and increasing rates in Makati CBD.

CBRE research also showed that the growth of hiring for BPO full-time employees (FTE) was highest in BGC, Muntinlupa and Quezon City.

Energizer Philippines

Dear Rick,

I’d like to thank you and your team – Joey Radovan and Morgan Mcgilvray in particular, for the assistance given to us during our recent Office Relocation process.
They were very well organized and helpful:

- Our site visits were conducted in a very timely manner and my management committee received clear and useful guidance on various aspects related to site selection –from what to look for in terms of building services, location, etc., as well as guidance on the discussion etiquette they should observe in order to safeguard the confidentiality of issues that could be valuable at the time of final selection and negotiation of the site.

- Both assisted us in the selection of the Office Design and Construction supplier; they were present in all the presentations and gave us objective feedback and opinions that helped my team feel more educated and confident about the decisions they were making.

- We also received guidance with various topics that arouse secondary to our office relocation, such as off-site document storage options just to name one example.

- They continued their liaison and support with the landlord and constructors throughout the process of negotiating and signing the lease, as well as during a very tight construction and relocation schedule during which a lot little (important) issues arise that must be solved swiftly in order to keep the deadlines.

The above is by no means a comprehensive list, and I’d like to extend our thanks to your team who supported Joey and Morgan in giving us such excellent service.

We are now pretty much settled in without any business interruption and with our colleagues quite happy about our new office and location; do come to visit us when you get a chance!

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