January is always a slow business month as people drift back to work after the long school holiday period. So, as we enter February, a belated Happy New Year to everyone.
We would like to share with you some areas of interest for the property market this year.
The Perth CBD market is showing signs of continuing, but slow, recovery, with falling vacancy rates and positive demand. It is generally expected that incentives will start to fall but will remain higher than average while vacancy rates remain high which should have the effect of increasing effective rents.
Western Australia has faced particular challenges in the tourism and tourism accommodation sectors since the downturn in its economy in response to a softening in the resources sector. However, the latest data to be published by Tourism WA shows encouraging signs for the tourism sector, particularly in the domestic market.
The Perth inner city and near city suburbs apartment markets have been transformed over the last decade with significant levels of new supply adding to dwelling stock. There is now a growing acceptance of apartment living in the community.
After a difficult few years, the Perth CBD market is showing signs of recovery, with falling vacancy rates and positive demand. With very little new stock in the pipeline over the next few years it is anticipated that vacancy rates will fall further and that effective rents will start to increase.
Perth’s CBD office market is showing signs of recovery after more than five years of economic downturn and large increases in supply resulting in high office vacancy rates, high incentives and a drop of more than 50% in effective rents.