Reports & Articles 2021

Colliers Radar | Cold storage demand increasing

20/05/2021 - Colliers

The cold storage market has recently emerged as one of the more fashionable niche asset classes in Hong Kong for investors. The market has seen a rise in demand which has been fuelled by the robust growth of supermarket sales, growing popularity of online grocery orders, and the pressing need for vaccine and drug storage.

The stay-at-home arrangement brought about by COVID-19 has shifted consumer behaviour to online shopping, which has led to a surge in online frozen food and grocery sales. This has subsequently created a rising demand for cold storage facilities making it a highly sought-after, alternative industrial asset for investors.

The latest Colliers Radar takes a deep dive into the cold storage asset class and provides entry routes to this sub-sector for investors.

Read the full report to find out more about this emerging asset class.


Colliers Quarterly | Q1 2021 | Office

16/04/2021 - Colliers

Despite the overall negative net take-up recorded at -459,400 sq. ft. NFA as of Q1 2021, office leasing sentiment has slightly picked up. The overall Grade A office rents dropped by 2.0% QOQ in Q1 2021, the lowest drop over the past three quarters which demonstrated the pace of rental correction moderated. There have been more enquiries and inspections witnessed across different submarkets, particularly around the CBD area.

Read the report to find out more about how the office leasing sector performed in Q1 and explore its hidden opportunities.


Colliers Quarterly | Q1 2021 | Investment

16/04/2021 - Colliers

In Q1 2021, the property investment sector saw a slight pick-up in transaction volume, where there was positive YOY growth in office, industrial and retail sectors. Total investment volume reached HK$10.1 billion (US$1.3 billion), up 30% YOY. Institutional investors have become more active with their transactions accounting for over half of the total investment volume, with most of them favouring industrial assets.

Read the report to find out more about how the sector performed in Q1 and explore its hidden opportunities for investors. 


Calling the bottom of the office market in 2021

07/04/2021 - Colliers

This research examines the current market data for Hong Kong Grade A offices to understand the latest strata-title trends, opportunities and recommendations for real estate stakeholders.

Since the US-China trade tension in 2018, investment sentiment in the office market has been subdued with overall office prices falling by a total of 23% between the last peak in Q3 2018 and Q1 this year. Taking this into consideration, the report suggests that now is the opportune time for investors and end-users to consider strata-title office options.

Key takeaways:

  • Leveraging the office market’s rental and price corrections, now is the opportune time to enter the strata-title office market as we expect the market to bottom out during mid-2021
  • Grade A office space in Hong Kong Island’s CBD areas will have great investment potential, given the limited supply of strata-title office options and the submarket’s promising prospects
  • Kowloon office market with higher availability should offer more options with attractive pricing for investors


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Offshore wind: what can Asia learn from Europe?

11/03/2021 - Arup

As the world moves on from its dependency on fossil fuels, the transition to using renewable sources is gathering momentum. This is especially true in Asia, where investment in offshore wind power is growing significantly. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IREA) estimates that by 2050, Asia will be a global leader in wind power and will account for over 60% of all offshore wind capacity installed globally.  What are the challenges facing the market and how can the region grasp this opportunity?  From weather conditions to seismic challenges, this article explores the potential of the industry and the lessons that can be taken from the European market.

Click here to download Arup’s new report of ‘Offshore wind: what can Asia learn from Europe?’ .


Rising Investment Demand in Industrial Assets

05/03/2021 - Colliers

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the mounting economic uncertainty, Hong Kong’s industrial sector was relatively resilient in 2020. Supported by trade recovery, the removal of the Double Stamp Duty and the sector’s positive long-term outlook, we expect this sector will continue to attract interest throughout 2021.

Key takeaways:

  • Investment market sentiment for industrial assets has improved since the start of 2021, with transaction volume in January-February surpassing the previous three quarters
  • Institutional investors and real estate funds have become more active after a quiet 2020
  • Cold storage, logistics facilities and data centres maintain their position as attractive investment assets


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Things You Should Know When It Comes To Succession Planning and Wealth Transfer

10/02/2021 - Quilter International

Passing your assets to the next generations is more than just setting up a will. It requires careful planning and only with the right structure in place can your estate be passed on to your loved ones as you wish, efficiently and in a controlled manner. This research aims to understand how high net worth investors (HNWIs) approach their wealth and their attitudes towards succession planning.

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Hong Kong Market Outlook 2021

28/01/2021 - Colliers

Taking a macro view of the economy and its impact on the overall real estate market, this report looks at recent performance and an in-depth analysis of Hong Kong’s core sectors: investment, office, retail and industrial.

Click here to read the full report.