COMMERCIAL PROPERTY | Staff Reporter, Philippines

Metro Manila's office vacancy rates firm at 5% in 2018 despite 36% supply growth

Philippines Economic Zone Authority-accredited buildings attracted the most tenants.

Metro Manila’s office sector maintained a 5% vacancy level in spite of the substantial 36% YoY growth in supply in 2018, according to Colliers International.

Outsourcing companies continue to fuel demand, with Philippines Economic Zone Authority (PEZA)-accredited buildings attracting most tenants. Yields for prime office assets are in the region of 5.6%, the report added.

Residential take-up for 2018 resulted in a new record high of 54,000 units and Colliers believes that future take-up will be slowly affected by the lack of developable land and land price increases.

Yields are about 4.5%, and opportunities are in the fringe areas of major CBDs and areas beside upcoming major infrastructure projects.

In case of a Filipino-owned Condominium Corporation, no interest may be transferred to a foreign individual or corporation that will exceed 40% of capital stock which is owned by foreign nationals. There is a REIT Law passed in 2009, which did not take-off due to ownership structure and taxation issues.

However, government agencies have announced that a new Implementing Rules and Regulation for REIT will be released which will relax ownership requirements and allow tax exemptions for initial transfers of properties. 

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