According to CBRE, cross-border property investment in Asia accounted for 36% of total turnover year-to-date - rising 36% quarter-on-quarter to $10.6 billion - marking this the highest total recorded since 2008.
Based on CBRE's preliminary Q3 2015 figures, investment turnover grew 20% quarter-on-quarter in Q3 2015 to $25.6 billion, despite the year-to-date investment volume being down 24% compared to the same period in 2014. Sustained investor interest remained upbeat in Australia and Japan, with these two markets accounting for 56% of total regional turnover in the quarter. Asian capital was particularly active in the Pacific, lured by high yields. Australia--especially in Sydney and Melbourne--attracted strong investor demand from Asian investors due to stable fundamentals being relatively affordable in these markets, compared to assets in their own domestic markets.
Ada Choi, Senior Director, Research, CBRE Asia Pacific, commented, "the region's investment environment saw solid activity this quarter driven by renewed interest from western investors and the rise of Asian institutional investors and fund managers. International institutional investors continued to expand their real estate portfolios in the region as they're seeking long-term investments to generate profit above inflation."
"With cross-border investment gathering pace, Asian investors still continue to be drawn to offshore opportunities, looking abroad to diversify a growing pool of domestic wealth globally."