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Real-estate men forecast Ha Noi property recovery   2010-07-24 - Viet Nam News

Three Ha Noi-based real-estate company representatives have forecast the property market will recover later this year after a stagnant first six months.

A view of high buildings with offices for lease in My Dinh Ward. The capital city’s property market is expected to rebound in the second half of the year.

Savills Viet Nam Co Ltd associate director and senior researcher Tran Nhu Trung argue that the expansion of southern supermarkets north, especially to Ha Noi, will boost retailing.

Demand for CBD retail space would continue to increase and spread strongly into secondary areas, he said.

But the suburbs would experience slower short- to medium term growth.

Savills second-quarter Ha Noi property report shows retail occupancy up 3 per cent to 95 per cent – with the highest rate in the CBD.

Ha Noi’s office occupancy rate increased 2 per cent against the first quarter to 86.7 per cent.

Rents in western Ha Noi were likely to trend down because of the new offices coming onto the market at the end of the year.

But demand for office space was increasing as businesses expanded and recruited more employees.

Stability

The occupancy of serviced apartments increased 1 per cent in the second quarter against the first quarter but average rents were unchanged.

Expatriate tenants, who dominated the apartment market, maintained stability, said Trung.

Trade agreements between ASEAN, Australia, New Zealand and China that become effective from January 1 could attract foreign companies and boost demand for serviced apartments, he said.

Festivals for the Ha Noi-Thang Long 1,000th anniversary at the end of the year would also attract more tourists and boost the hotel and retail markets.

Colliers International marketeer Khuat Huu Vu Trung forecasts that investors will focus on a price of about US$1,000 per sq.m by the end of the year to meet expected demand.

The market would stabilise further in the next few months after real-estate investors suffered heavy losses in April and May, he said.

CB Richard Ellis Viet Nam Company Ltd managing director Marc Townsend said Ha Noi had recorded a surge in registered foreign direct investment in the second quarter to $70 million in more than 75 projects.

The increase would boost the number of foreigners working for multi-national corporations and they would be prospective buyers and tenants for high-quality accommodation, he said.



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