Office rents continue upwards in Hanoi & HCMC

Created 12 April 2018
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Office rents in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City remained on an upward trend in the first quarter of 2018, according to the latest report from leading global real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield.

 

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 No new buildings were completed in Hanoi, while one Grade A and one Grade B building ceased leasing and put the space to internal use. Grade A stock decreased 1.6 per cent on both a quarter-on-quarter and year-on-year basis, while Grade B supply was reduced by 0.6 per cent quarter-on-quarter but was up 6.3 per cent year-on-year. Both grades continued to experience improved performance, with reduced vacancies and registered total absorption of nearly 22,800 sq m), 73 per cent of which was contributed by Grade A projects.

Average rentals in both grades in the capital continued to show an upward trend, with marginal increases of 0.3 per cent quarter-on-quarter and 0.4 per cent year-on-year. Higher rents were quoted by projects with improved occupancy. The addition of huge stock in the future will cause more competition and keep the market in favor of tenants.

There were also no new office buildings of either grade entering the market in Ho Chi Minh City during the first quarter. Both Grades A and B showed modest improvements in rents while total net absorption stood at roughly 12,300 sq m. Grade B accounted for over 80 per cent of the total space absorbed in the quarter. In terms of location, nearly 60 per cent of total transactions were for buildings in District 1.

Average asking rents have been on an upward trend over the last four years and continued to record quarter-on-quarter and year-on-year increases of nearly 1.0 per cent and 9 per cent, respectively, in the first quarter, mainly driven by high rents offered by recent new buildings as well as rental increases in existing buildings in prime locations with limited available space for lease. The upward trend is expected to continue in the short to medium term due to limited supply.

“Asking rents continue to see stable increases,” said Mr. Alex Crane, Managing Director of Cushman & Wakefield Vietnam. “What is not apparent in the market is that effective rents have increased quite significantly, as landlords have been reducing incentives to new tenants. Investors must be acutely experienced when looking at this sector due to yield compression, and occupiers must look to efficiencies in their operations to drive any financial benefits.”

He added that the region will continue to benefit from the global rebound in terms of increased demand and reform agendas. “As such, take-up levels across the major cities that we track in Asia-Pacific are set to surge to their highest levels in 2018, at 120 million square feet (m sf),” he added.

Ho Chi Minh City office market

Sub-market

Inventory

(sq m)

Vacancy rate

Planned & under construction (sq m)

Average asking rent

VND/sq m/mo

$/sq m/mo

Grade A

261,500

7.0%

304,000

VND1,201,000

$52.75

CBD

261,500

7.0%

304,000

VND1,201,000

$52.75

Grade B

821,800

2.4%

265,000

VND670,000

$29.44

CBD

419,300

2.9%

37,000

VND813,000

$35.73

CBD Fringe

66,100

1.4%

15,000

VND526,000

$23.09

East

37,600

0.8%

143,000

VND585,000

$25.68

South

93,400

5.5%

15,000

VND481,000

$21.13

North

156,400

0.8%

30,000

VND495,000

$21.73

West

49,000

1.0%

25,000

VND626,000

$27.50

TOTAL

1,083,300

3.6%

569,000

VND798,000

$34.65

Hanoi office market:

Sub-market

Inventory

(sq m)

Vacancy rate

Planned & under construction (sq m)

Average asking rent

VND/sq m/mo

$/sq m/mo

Grade A

394,500

9.4%

279,100

VND693,000

$30.43

CBD

111,600

1.9%

19,200

VND834,000

$36.61

Secondary

108,300

15.3%

178,900

VND715,000

$31.42

West

174,600

10.6%

81,000

VND589,000

$25.86

Grade B

850,000

6.9%

844,100

VND424,000

$18.64

CBD

108,700

3.6%

32,500

VND596,000

$26.18

Secondary

491,100

9.9%

274,000

VND405,000

$17.79

West

227,400

1.9%

435,200

VND399,000

$17.51

Suburban

22,800

8.8%

102,400

VND281,000

$12.33

TOTAL

1,244,500

7.7%

1,123,200

VND510,000

$22.38

All rents are inclusive of SCT but exclusive of VAT 

$/VND = 22,768; as at March 18, 2018    

 

 

Source: VN Economic Times

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