Commercial property transactions last quarter picked up 3.1 percent from three months earlier to NT$13.82 billion (US$467.11 million), while land deals held firm above the NT$80 billion mark, driven by demand from life insurers and developers amid the record-low interest rate environment, Cushman & Wakefield Taiwan (戴德梁行) said yesterday.
However, the latest data for commercial property deals, a gauge of investment interests, represented a 53.6 percent decline from the same period last year, as the COVID-19 pandemic sidelined buyers.
Factory and office buildings constituted the bulk of transactions in Taipei, New Taipei City and Taichung during the April-to-June period, the company’s valuation and advisory services director Wendy Hsueh (薛惠珍) told a news briefing.
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Wan Hai Lines Ltd (萬海航運) paid NT$2.12 billion for an office building from Chong Hong Construction Co (長虹建設), which is to be completed later this year, and spent another NT$540 million buying office space on Taipei’s Zhongxhiao E Road, Hsueh said.
Wan Hai plans to turn the Chong Hong building into its new headquarters and use the other office space to accommodate future expansions.
“The purchases make sense as demand for office space is gaining momentum, induced partly by global supply chain realignment amid the virus outbreak and US-China trade tensions,” Hsueh said.
The Cabinet yesterday announced its target to build Taiwan into the region’s technology hub, especially for high-end semiconductor firms that might generate NT$5 trillion in business by 2030. Taiwanese semiconductor firms command global leadership positions in making and designing top-grade chips.
General Interface Solution Ltd (英特盛) purchased a factory complex in Taichung for NT$1.77 billion and Getac Technology Corp (神基) bought another complex for NT$1.03 billion in Taoyuan, Hsueh said.
Cushman & Wakefield Taiwan general manager Billy Yen (顏炳立) said that more than 20 hotels would like to exit the market, but cannot secure buyers due to pricing differences, rather than a lack of interest.
“Potential buyers would place bids if sellers would lower prices by 30 percent from the current 10 percent,” Yen said, adding ample liquidity and ultra-low interest rates enable hotels to hold onto their property.
Land deals appeared unaffected by the virus downturn with transactions totaling NT$80.1 billion last quarter, Yen said.
Fubon Life Insurance Co (富邦人壽) secured a plot of land in Taipei’s Nangang District (南港) for NT$28.29 billion after losing a bid for a plot in Xinyi District (信義) to Nan Shan Life Insurance Co (南山人壽) by a mere NT$100 million.
Transglobe Life Insurance Co (全球人壽) contributed NT$9.78 billion to the second-quarter showing by acquiring a plot in Songshan District (松山) on which it plans to build its new headquarters.
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