Institutions are most prominent purchaser group at 55% of transaction volume or $236 million, well above the ten year average of 30% and the group also dominates on the vendor side accounting for 57% of market, followed by private investors at 43%. Overseas parties strong purchasers at 48% by volume.
With $146 million or 34% of sales volume, office was the largest transactional sector in the first half of the year in Wellington with the largest sale being HSBC Tower at 195 Lambton Quay which sold for $103 million to Credit Suisse.
Retail was the next largest transactional sector at 26% or $110 million and industrial sales at $31 million or 7% by sales volume.
On the vendor side, private investors sold $182 million or 43% of transaction volume which is above the ten-year average of 38% while institutional investors sold $243 million of property (57% of transaction volume) which is above on the ten-year average of 43%. Corporations accounted for $42 million comprising 20% of transactions volume, up from the 11% historical average.
Senior Analyst Richard Carr says the volume of transactions in Wellington for the first half of 2018 is a good indication of the buoyant market conditions currently.
”Wellington currently has an enviable position with strong forecasts supporting capital value appreciation. Activity in the market continues to demonstrate high levels of liquidity for Prime assets, with interest not only from local investors, but national and international investors alike.
“Current market returns in Wellington remain attractive to a wide range of investors, who have been driven in 2018 to secure stable income streams and asset diversification. With the strong rental growth experienced since the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake, many vendors are demanding strong initial yields, in order to capitalise on recent market performance.”
Managing Director Matthew St Amand says that international investors are active and engaged in the market.
“International confidence in the local market has been demonstrated not only by the likes of Credit Suisse expanding their Wellington portfolio in 2018, but the range of maiden international investors looking for opportunities to secure high quality assets. Attracting international capital in turn provides elevated liquidity and purchaser confidence encouraging further capital to follow suit.”
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