The total volume of Commercial sales for the 2017 calendar year has recorded over $1.33billion across the Gold Coast market representing 571 major transactions; well up from the $632million achieved during the 2016 period. The high demand and rapid turnover of stock in 2017 eclipsed the sales volumes achieved in the 2015 year which saw $1.25billion change hands.
During 2017, the 3Q represented the busiest period while all other quarters remained relatively subdued in comparison. The major driver of this increase late in the year was the overwhelming reduction in investment returns across tenanted stock around the country. Yields saw strong compression particularly for smaller industrial, retail and office assets in most East Coast major cities and demand into other locations such as the Gold Coast heightened. With interest rates now at a prolonged low, many owners have opted to hold assets keeping stock levels down albeit new highs in values and tighter yields achieved.
Total volumes this period saw a strong change in buyer and asset profile compared to 2015 which was driven strongly by the proliferation of overseas buyers looking to secure major holdings in Australia. The iconic Gold Coast has been a haven of interest for buyers particularly Development site property and high value accommodation Hotel assets, these overseas buyers are now limited with some major developers looking to dispose of their assets.
2018 volumes are expected to remain elevated with the reported sale late last year of Village Roadshow’s Gold Coast theme parks including Wet n Wild and Movie World on an 154ha parcel. Selling for approximately $100million to LGIA Super on a yield anticipated at around 6.00% highlights the confidence in tourism for the region. The world spotlight will be on the Gold Coast this year during the Commonwealth Games which will maintain interest and attraction to this market while continued low interest rates will keep domestic activity elevated during the first half of 2018.