19 May '11, 10pm

Industrial property: This year's dark horse?

Industrial property - a less glamorous and often neglected asset class that includes business parks, high-tech industrial space, factories and warehouses - has been thrust into the limelight in Singapore following its stellar performance in the first quarter of the year. According to the Urban Redevelopment Authority, the sector clocked rental and capital value gains of 6.3 and 8.3 per cent, respectively, from the previous quarter, outpacing the major property classes of office, retail and residential. Moreover, sales of strata-titled units - which allow for ownership of individual levels as opposed to entire buildings - have recently generated good response from investors and set new benchmark prices of S$550 to S$800 per sq ft (psf). This leads us to the question: What has been behind the strong performance and is it sustainable? We see a strong case for the affirmative....

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Business/Property/EDC110520-00...

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