Market Dynamics and Resilience: A Love Story

Commercial real estate markets across Asia-Pacific are expected to remain stable but their strength will be tested by unpredictable monetary policy and financial market volatility this year. The market dynamics could produce a variety of possible outcomes for Asia-Pacific commercial real estate, both positive and negative. What’s certain, though, is that both investors and tenants

Strong CRE Market Belies Germany’s Economic Slowdown

Many economies suffered a slowdown in the second half of 2018 but perhaps the biggest surprise was the sharp downturn in Germany. Having expanded by 2.5% in 2017, the German economy contracted by 0.2% in Q3 2018. The latest estimates show no growth in Q4, so it seems that Germany avoided a recession only by

Productivity: The Holy Grail of Workplace Strategy

The opening scene of Monty Python’s “The Meaning of Life” shows a group of older office workers chained to their desks as their office is transformed into a pirate ship. The workers, who are comedically lashed by young task masters to row faster, ultimately revolt until the ship falls off the edge of a flat

Megacity Blueprint

The long-awaited blueprint on the Greater Bay Area (GBA) is here. The ramifications are sizable. And the opportunities for business and individuals alike are unmistakable. The Outline Development Plan (ODP) for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, the master plan’s official title, is governed by a straight-forward concept – collective growth. Its ambition to transform

Why is Connectivity Getting Worse?

Many of us in the industry are very aware of the increasing amount of complaints from tenants and from real estate users around connectivity. In the last ten years, landlords and real estate leaders for large companies have sought strategies to deal with this issue. It is a global phenomenon and it is worth exploring

Diversifying into Debt

The global real estate investment market remains highly liquid; we saw record investment volumes of €312 billion into Europe in 2018 and the highest levels of investment into Central London since 2014 with capital coming from all corners of the globe. We estimate that there is approximately £34 billion of global equity looking to deploy

Forget ‘Set It and Forget It!’

Ron Popeil, the late great infomercial guru, used to tout one of his many time-saving, life-changing devices as “set it and forget it.” Once you get the ingredients into the Ronco ST5000 Showtime Rotisserie Platinum Edition, you can go on with your life until your kale, feta and olive-stuffed leg of lamb is ready in

Fog or Smog?

While there is ongoing debate about whether the hazy Bangkok skyline is just a blip on the radar

Hong Kong Embraces Sustainability

Governments around the world are putting policies in place to curb carbon emissions in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change. With a significant proportion of the urban population spending much of their time in commercial buildings, the onus is on the real estate industry to provide sustainable properties that will mitigate negative environment

Where are Rates Heading in 2019?

Where are interest rates trending in 2019? No one know exactly, but to quote CBRE’s Chief Global Economist, Richard Barkham, “They are likely to stay lower for longer.” Let’s examine CBRE’s “house views” on interest rates and the outlooks of other economic groups. First, focusing on the 10-year Treasury yield, the benchmark rate reached a