Australasia real estate analysis: autumn 2015

A weak currency and growing demand make commercial property an attractive investment in core cities

The global financial crisis is a fast-receding nightmare for key markets across Australia and New Zealand. The renewed growth that began in 2014 is now well established, although currency devaluation is creating both winners and losers. The Australian dollar has dropped from almost US$1.10 in April 2011 to around 73c, hitting a six-year low on Black Monday. This is hurting consumers but favouring inbound tourism and exporters, while boosting Australia’s attractiveness to foreign investors.

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