Singapore office market recovery well underway: Colliers

Premium and Grade-An office complex in the CBD additionally continued to see solid leasing need, with favorable net absorption of around 134,000 sq ft in 1Q2022. At the same time, the vacancy price tightened to 3.3%.

The healthy and balanced leasing demand for the CBD premium and Grade-An office segment is backed by corporates’ choice for newer office buildings with top notch specifications, in preparation for staff members going back to the office as well as the anticipated pick-up in organization activity.

Colliers recommends occupiers take very early activity on future office choices, as the market shifts in favour of landlords. Landlords of office assets with outdated specs should take into consideration repurposing or redeveloping their possessions, to future-proof them.

The segment is expected to continue growing in the coming months, supported by a broad-based economic improvement and also return-to-office momentum. Colliers expects rents for CBD premium and also Grade-A workplaces to grow by 4% to 5% in 2022.

Moving on, Colliers expects workplace assets in prime places to continue bring in a wide range of resources, underpinned by a healthy leasing market overview, minimal brand-new supply, and the resuming of Singapore’s borders.

In regards to the CBD micro-markets tracked by Colliers, office complex in the Raffles Place/New Downtown area, along with the Shenton Way/Tanjong Pagar area, saw the highest development in rentals, boosting 2.3% q-o-q to get to $11.96 psf.

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A workplace study by Colliers for 1Q2022 suggests that the improvement momentum in the Singapore workplace market is well underway. Premium and also Grade-An office rentals in the CBD rose for a 3rd consecutive quarter in 1Q2022, boosting 1.5% q-o-q to reach $10.26 psf, sustained by healthy and balanced renting demand. This notes the fastest speed of development given that rentals recoiled in 3Q2021.

Leasing deals throughout 1Q2022 included fashion seller Shein occupying 21,000 sq ft at Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3. German chemical company BASF will be relocating from its existing facilities at Suntec Tower 1 to the upcoming Guoco Midtown.

At the same time, on the financial investment front, typical funding worths in the section enhanced 5.6% q-o-q in 1Q2022, hitting $2,850 psf. Correspondingly, net returns compressed by 0.1% q-o-q to 3.4%, with cap prices being available in between 3% and 3.6% in the last quarter.

On the back of tight yields and also rates of interest unpredictabilities, financiers are suggested to focus on active possession monitoring or improvement to achieve return targets.

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