Bangkok led the office rental growth in the Asia Pacific market, Q1 2015

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Knight Frank Asia Pacific Prime Office Rental Index

Bangkok, followed by Kuala Lumpur, tops prime office rental growth in Q1 2015

28 May 2015, Malaysia – Knight Frank Asia Pacific, the independent global property consultancy, today launches the Asia-Pacific Prime Office Rental Index for Q1 2015. The index increased 1.3% in the first quarter of 2015, and now sits 5.3% above its pre-crisis (Q2 2008) peak.

Results for Q1 2015

– Rental growth was experienced in 13 of the 19 markets tracked, with three recording no rental movement and three recording rental declines

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– Northeast Asian powerhouses – Seoul and Tokyo – show similar headline growth figures for Q1 2015, but have significantly differing market characteristics and drivers

– Although vacancy is tightening in many markets, the Asia-Pacific regional vacancy rate increased on the back of rising inventories in Greater China’s tier-one cities

-Over the next 12 months, we expect rents in 14 cities out of the 19 tracked to either remain steady or increase, which is in line with our previous forecasts

Mr Nicholas Holt, Head of Research for Asia Pacific, says, “In Tokyo, the structure of traditional Japanese leases (which prevents significant rental hikes), has held back rental growth to only 1.9% in a very tight market with little vacancy.”

City Submarket(s) 3-month % change (Q4 2014-Q1 2015)
Bangkok CBD 3.8%
Kuala Lumpur City Centre 3.6%
Hong Kong Central 3.2%
Seoul CBD 2.3%
Tokyo* Central 3 Wards 1.9%
Mumbai BKC 1.6%
Sydney CBD 1.0%
Guangzhou CBD 1.0%
Taipei Downtown 0.9%
New Delhi Connaught Place 0.9%
Bangalore CBD 0.8%
Phnom Penh City Centre 0.6%
Singapore Raffles Place, Marina Bay 0.6%
Brisbane CBD 0.0%
Melbourne CBD 0.0%
Jakarta CBD 0.0%
Shanghai Puxi, Pudong -0.5%
Beijing Various -0.5%
Perth CBD -1.8%

Source: Knight Frank Research / *Sanko Estate

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