Investor appetite on the rise in Western Australia

The commercial property market in Western Australia has risen from the ashes in the last financial year, as East Coast counterparts suffer through continuous lockdowns.

According to the latest research from Ray White Commercial, greater certainty has emerged in Western Australia across all sectors with tenants again occupying premises, business up and running, and low interest rates.

Head of Research Vanessa Rader, in conjunction with Ray White Commercial WA directors Stephen Harrison and Chris Matthews, saw signs of positivity in the latest Between the Lines: WA Investment Activity 2020/21 Financial Year Review.

“The quest for private buyers to diversify and invest in higher yielding investments has seen a swift growth in demand, from both local and interstate investors,” Mr Harrison said.

As WA emerged from the grips of the pandemic, the Ray White Commercial WA team witnessed growing demand for stock, and lower yields which aided in gradually encouraging vendors to come to market.

The notable asset classes were office and industrial, both experiencing a resurgence of interest.

“During the financial year we have recorded $1.029 billion in transactions across Office assets. While this is down 46.02 per cent on the year prior due to a number of large institutional sales last year,  it remains in line with the historic average,” Ms Rader said.

Mr Harrison said that there is continued interest in the office market from foreign buyer groups, while local syndicates and investors have also actively pursued these assets, regardless of the pandemic.

“As staff rapidly return to work, vibrancy has returned to our centres and sentiment across the office market has improved,” he said.

“We have also seen many private investors and owner occupiers making their first foray into commercial property, with a high volume of sub $1 million office suites across the CBD and suburbs.”

Industrial assets have been the standout performer nationally during the pandemic, and it has been no exception for Western Australia.

Over the financial year, WA has recorded $1.148 billion in Industrial sales transactions, 1.3 per cent up on the previous year.

“The growth in interest by small businesses and local and interstate private investors, has driven up capital values in some regions, while new lows in yields have been recorded,” Mr Matthews said.

“Low interest rates have fuelled much of this investment, while the growing residential prices in Perth have seen many investors switch to industrial as an alternative,” he said.

Western Australia continues to be the driving force behind the positive national economic story. The increased interest from interstate buyers, local investors and offshore groups who are looking to capitalise on this positive momentum, is set to continue into the new financial year.

Read the full report here.

Stephen Harrison
Ray White Commercial (WA) – Joint Managing Director
M: 0421 622 777

Chris Matthews
Ray White Commercial (WA) – Joint Managing Director
M: 0413 359 315

Vanessa Rader
Ray White Commercial – Head of Research
M: 0432 652 115

Media Contact:
Nina Clarke
Ray White Group Media
M: 0448 841 606

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