Singapore office market recovery well underway: Colliers

The healthy and balanced leasing need for the CBD premium as well as Grade-An office sector is backed by corporates’ choice for more recent office complex with premium specs, to prepare for employees going back to the workplace and also the anticipated pick-up in business activity.

On the back of tight returns and also rate of interest uncertainties, investors are advised to concentrate on active property supervision or improvement to achieve return targets.

Meanwhile, on the financial investment front, ordinary capital values in the sector raised 5.6% q-o-q in 1Q2022, striking $2,850 psf. Correspondingly, net returns pressed by 0.1% q-o-q to 3.4%, with cap rates can be found in between 3% and 3.6% in the last quarter.

Moving forward, Colliers anticipates workplace assets in prime areas to continue drawing in a wide variety of capital, underpinned by a healthy and balanced leasing market outlook, restricted new supply, and the resuming of Singapore’s borders.

Premium as well as Grade-An office buildings in the CBD likewise remained to see solid renting demand, with favorable net absorption of around 134,000 sq ft in 1Q2022. Meanwhile, the job price tightened up to 3.3%.

An office report by Colliers for 1Q2022 indicates that the improvement momentum in the Singapore office market is well underway. Premium as well as Grade-An office rents in the CBD increased for a third successive quarter in 1Q2022, boosting 1.5% q-o-q to get to $10.26 psf, sustained by healthy and balanced leasing demand. This marks the fastest pace of development because rents recoiled in 3Q2021.

Colliers suggests occupiers take early action on future office choices, as the market shifts in favour of landlords. Landlords of workplace possessions with obsolete specifications need to consider repurposing or redeveloping their possessions, to future-proof them.

In regards to the CBD micro-markets tracked by Colliers, office buildings in the Raffles Place/New Downtown area, in addition to the Shenton Way/Tanjong Pagar location, saw the greatest development in rentals, boosting 2.3% q-o-q to reach $11.96 psf.

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Leasing deals during 1Q2022 consisted of fashion retailer Shein using up 21,000 sq ft at Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3. German chemical company BASF will be moving from its existing properties at Suntec Tower 1 to the upcoming Guoco Midtown.

The segment is anticipated to proceed growing in the coming months, sustained by a broad-based financial improvement and also return-to-office momentum. Colliers anticipates rentals for CBD premium and also Grade-A workplaces to expand by 4% to 5% in 2022.

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