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Chart: Deals Dry Up at The Center in Hong Kong

By on November 19th, 2019

To describe the last two years in Hong Kong as a roller coaster would be an understatement. From recording the largest single asset deal globally to political protests now entering their sixth month, the city is living through unprecedented times.

Deals involving The Center, a 79-floor office property, illustrate the change in sentiment. Following the $6.8 billion transaction which closed in May 2018 there was a flurry of strata transactions, but since the protests began in June this year there has not been a single additional deal.  While overall Hong Kong deal activity dropped 32% in the third quarter of 2019, strata trades are down more than 50%.

Despite these declines Hong Kong remains the second most traded metro in Asia behind Tokyo and is in the top 10 of global metros over the first three quarters of 2019.

Data analysis by Benjamin Chow.

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David Green-Morgan

Managing Director, APAC

David Green-Morgan is a highly regarded global commercial real estate expert with 20 years of industry experience. Before joining RCA in November 2017, he spent six years at brokerage firm JLL in Singapore, where he was responsible for their real estate capital markets research globally. Prior to that he spent five years at Cushman & Wakefield in Sydney as head of Asia Pacific research. David started his career at Investment Property Databank (IPD) where he was at the forefront of data analytics to benefit clients’ decision-making.