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Investors going for Australian commercial property market | 24 January 2013

The Australian commercial property industry is experiencing a resurgence as high net-worth investors, along with institutions and sovereign funds, look to the sector as a safe haven.

According to Australian Unity Investments (AUI), cited by smh.com.au, the market is becoming popular as it is seen as a high-yielding sector.

In addition, low interest rates are helping increase the flow of cash into the market. Low interest rates are especially helpful for investors as they look to ‘avoid holding cash’ and turn it into inflation-proof bricks and mortar.

In terms of property, large-scale shopping venues, office blocks, healthcare buildings and industrial assets are said to be the biggest targets for investment.

Unlisted property funds could also prove to be popular, according to general manager of property, mortgages and capital markets at AUI Mark Pratt.

“Depending on whether the cash rate drops below the current three per cent, term deposits are likely to return between 3.2 per cent and 4.2 per cent, while the unlisted property funds can provide an income return around eight per cent in the coming year.

“On a risk-adjusted basis, unlisted property is an ideal asset class for those investors seeking yield, yet also concerned about their capital stability,” he added, cited by financialstandard.com.au.

The views expressed in this post are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Qube Global Software. All facts are verified where possible directly by the author.

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Posted by Matt Roobol

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