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Asia Pacific Mid-Year Real Estate Market Outlook 2021

Hear from our experts



Hybrid working is the new norm

  • The year will see greater adoption of hybrid working with clearer policies and rules
  • Most employees will remain office-based staff under hybrid working models

Steady rebound in leasing activity
  • CBRE has revised up its office leasing forecast to 10-15% y-o-y due to stronger demand in North Asia
  • H1 2021 saw the resumption of some expansionary demand, largely driven by domestic tech and financial firms

A tenant-favoured market
  • Supply pressure will continue in H2 2021
  • Higher availability will create more occupier choice for flight-to-quality and/or decentralisation


Slow return to the office

  • A second wave of COVID-19 infections has caused many markets to reintroduce lockdowns and work-from-home mandates
  • The dynamic schedule of return to office plan has led to a slow and inconsistent improvement in office utilisation
  • A broader recovery in leasing activity is likely to occur in 2022

Weaker than expected rental recovery

  • Under half of regional office markets revised down their rents in 2021 although the full-year decline will be milder than last year
  • The rental recovery will take longer than expected
  • Most office markets will continue to favour tenants until 2023

Asia Pacific Real Estate Market Outlook 2021
Mid-Year Review


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Manish Kashyap
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Ada Choi, CFA
Head of Occupier Research, APAC
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Asia Pacific
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