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The economy, bond yields and real estate: where to from here?

The gap between property yields and bond yields is known as the ‘risk premium’, the excess yield from investment in commercial property. The high yield spread signals limited downside to commercial property values.

Emerging from the pandemic and the future of workplaces

Employees value WFH flexibility but they also enjoy and benefit from the office environment. Businesses will need to adapt but tenants say office work remains essential for productivity, culture, risk and driving innovation.

Steve Bennett on investing in direct property for the long term

As people stayed home during the pandemic, a bearish view swept over most property sectors, but many have thrived and prices have recovered rapidly. The best opportunities are in long leases with quality tenants.

Offices will live on in a post-COVID world

The concept of 'activity-based working', where several people occupy one seat on a particular day, is gone. Businesses will need more space for the same number of people as an offset to the decline in demand.

Reporting season winners and losers in listed property trusts

Many property trust results are better than expected, with the A-REIT sector on a dividend yield of 4.8%. But there's a wide variation by sector and the ability of tenants to pay the rent.

WFH and its impact on Australian offices and tenants

Although most office workers are currently WFH, an energy and a buzz comes from working in the same physical space. Other benefits include team building, relationships, talent mentoring and creative collaboration.

Not all non-residential real estate performs the same

Retail assets, particularly those focused on discretionary shopping, will continue to underperform and industrial and logistics assets will be the winners for the foreseeable future.

Strong capital flows support non-residential real estate

In this 'lower for longer' rate environment, investors are recalibrating expectations of the required return from high-quality real estate, and foreigners are targetting Australia.

Sale and leasebacks benefit both companies and investors

Property funds are finding new assets in companies making better capital management decisions by selling their properties and leasing them back. It also gives investors strong long-term returns.

Long lease property funds: follow the income

Investors should not assume all property leases are the same, and long WALE funds have the advantages of tenant quality and term, plus look for the highly-desirable 'triple net leases'.

The big lessons from the A-REIT reporting season

The listed property market, or A-REITs, is far from homogeneous, with low rates and industry trends producing winners and losers. There's more to investing here than chasing property yields.

A-REITs outperform but will it continue?

Listed Australian Real Estate Investment Trusts (A-REITS) had an excellent FY19, but performance was dominated by a few sectors, and the question is whether they can deliver again in FY20.

David Harrison on the hot spots in property

With a vast array of property choices across retail, industrial, office and commercial, where does the head of one of Australia's largest property managers see the best opportunities, and where are the warnings?

Logistics property is a thriving investment

Property is not a homogeneous asset class, and changes in consumer spending habits are creating both opportunities and problems in different property sectors.

Australia tops Asia-Pacific for property investment

Melbourne and Sydney rank well among Asian commercial property markets, with relatively high yields, constrained supply and changing use of industrial property driving demand.

A-REITS are looking at M&A activity again

As interest rates remain low and foreign buyers come looking for assets, listed property has performed well, but asset allocators can move in and out of the sector based on other factors.

Shifting asset allocations by Sovereign Wealth Funds

Sovereign Wealth Funds control hundreds of billions of dollars of investments, and how they change their asset allocations can affect prices across listed and unlisted markets.

Property and why PropTech is the future

New technologies are transforming the property industry. While many have recognised this trend, they haven’t yet developed a business strategy based on this transformation.

The hot spots in commercial real estate

Non-residential real estate performed strongly in 2017, but much of this return came from cap rate (yield) compression. Going forward, investors will need to focus more on income growth and sector allocation.

Summer Series Guest Editor, Greg Paramor AO

I like to learn from history, but also look into the future. The articles chosen provide some of the essentials of good investing, but they also peer over the horizon on what the future might bring.

Listed property headlines disguise full story

There is more to listed property than the top eight in the A-REIT Index with many strong performing smaller trusts outside the top 80% of the index, and other A-REITs not even included in the index.

Shopping centres: back to the future as community centres

If retailers and shopping centres are to survive the online onslaught, they need to return to Victor Gruen’s original vision of malls as community centres, rather than focussing only on sales and consumerism.

Institutional investment in affordable housing one step closer

Successful affordable housing initiatives in the UK and indications from Australian institutional investors that they would invest in a similar scheme here are encouraging developments.

Bond markets to help affordable housing crisis

It's easy to criticise governments for a lack of action on social issues, but here's better news on the potential to grow affordable housing using the capital markets.

Have A-REIT share prices bottomed out?

A-REITs have been particularly hard hit by bond rate increases, but most are in much better shape than they were during the GFC. Investors should assess the improved value, but not all listed property trusts are equal in quality.

Seniors living is becoming a mainstream investment

The seniors accommodation sector offers opportunities for investors willing to take a long-term approach, as the population ages and demands a wide range of different types of facilities.

How do unlisted real estate funds generate high income returns?

Part 2 of this two-part series on unlisted real estate funds, or syndicates, looks at gearing, how returns are generated, and the different types of exit strategies.

What to look for in unlisted real estate funds

Part 1 of this two-part series on unlisted real estate funds, or syndicates, explores their characteristics and most importantly, how the Net Tangible Asset calculation can be misleading. Every syndicate is unique.

Real estate outlook: positive returns expected in challenging year

Given the strong returns from most real estate markets in recent years, investors are asking whether there is more upside potential in this cycle, and what is likely to do well.

Real estate social infrastructure coming of age

Demographic and social changes, longevity, cash-strapped governments and higher density living are all driving a shift towards investments in real estate social infrastructure. Here are some risks and benefits.

State of play in listed real estate

Amid the ups and down of the current A-REIT reporting season, the listed real estate sector performed relatively well, and most managers have not been tempted to boost returns by increasing gearing.

House affordability, where are the institutions?

Despite having one of the world’s largest pools of capital through the superannuation system, Australia’s institutional investors, including listed trusts, have shunned investment in private rental accommodation.

Demand for non-residential property drives returns

Non-residential property has been a key beneficiary of the hunt for yield, and for good reason. The lure of high and relatively stable income is driving investors to bid up property prices.

Sydney residential market – bust in the making?

Sydney house prices were up 14% in the year to March 2015. What's making the market so strong, how much longer can the growth persist and will it ultimately end in tears? Unfortunately, there are no simple answers.

Financial leverage in real estate: friend or foe?

Financial leverage is already built into many real estate funds and companies, and borrowing even more to invest can produce spectacular results - on both the upside and the downside.

The case for active management in A-REITs

Amid the growing popularity of ASX-listed real estate investment trusts as a way for investors to gain exposure to real estate, there is a debate over what style of fund is best. While passive is cheaper, what's the case for active?

A guide to real estate investing strategies

Securitisation and the increased sophistication of the real estate industry have led to new ways to repackage property assets as investment opportunities - each with vastly different risk, return and liquidity features.

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Super changes, the Budget and 2021 versus 2022

Josh Frydenberg's third budget contained changes to superannuation and other rules but their effective date is expected to be 1 July 2022. Take care not to confuse them with changes due on 1 July 2021.

Noel's share winners and loser plus budget reality check

Among the share success stories is a poor personal experience as Telstra's service needs improving. Plus why the new budget announcements on downsizing and buying a home don't deserve the super hype.

Grantham interview on the coming day of reckoning

Jeremy Grantham has seen it all before, with bubbles every 15 years or so. The higher you go, the longer and greater the fall. You can have a high-priced asset or a high-yielding asset, but not both at the same time.

Whoyagonnacall? 10 unspoken risks buying off-the-plan

All new apartment buildings have defects, and inexperienced owners assume someone else will fix them. But developers and builders will not volunteer to spend time and money unless someone fights them. Part 1

Buffett says stock picking is too hard for most investors

Warren Buffett explained why he believes most investors should not pick stocks but simply own an S&P 500 index fund. "There's a lot more to picking stocks than figuring out what’s going to be a wonderful industry."

Should investors brace for uncomfortably high inflation?

The global recession came quickly and deeply but it has given way to a strong rebound. What are the lessons for investors, how should a portfolio change and what role will inflation play?

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