It will be Brisbane where we may see the best prospects for value uplift in prime grade office markets over the next couple of years, according to property analysts Urbis.
Occupier metrics have troughed, resulting in an environment where discerning capital will increasingly look to enter the market on the back of a relative value play compared to Sydney and Melbourne.
Urbis Real Estate Advisory Director Fraser Bentley, presented the Office Market Report figures in Brisbane last week on behalf of the Property Council of Australia, and says that the total Brisbane vacancy rate fell for the first time in years from 16.9 per cent to 15.3 per cent. He says it is expected to fall considerably further over the coming two years.
“Queens Wharf continues to be a catalyst for change in the CBD. The stock withdrawals for Queens Wharf contributed, but it was the net absorption of 50,000sqm for the half and approximately 95,000sqm for the year that also had a big impact,” said Fraser.
“The full-year figure was a record high that really took us by pleasant surprise – it’s a shot in the arm for the confidence of the local market.”