What’s next for the country’s property industry in 2016?

Metro Manila | Image credit: TheStandard.com.ph


Given the upward trend witnessed in the Philippines’ real estate sector in the past 12 months, industry experts are optimistic that the growth will be sustained this year.

The country’s thriving capital, Manila, saw major investment from global capitalists in 2015, according to auditing and advisory firm BDO’s Asian Real Estate report, placing it in the same league neighbouring hub Bangkok.

While the ongoing economic slowdown in China may or may not pose a threat to the real estate sectors in emerging Southeast Asian markets, there are many growth areas where a property market like the Philippines can show off its strengths.

1. BPO sector creates a new breed of condo dwellers

According to the Thomson Reuters Foundation, real estate loans hit a record high of PHP1.23 trillion (USD25.69 billion) in Q3 2015, per data from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. It reflects a growing confidence in the sector, as well as the tremendous support given by the banking and lending industries in the Philippines.

Many first-time buyers or renters would require real estate loans (such as for the deposit), but the big change now is that young workers in the business process outsourcig (BPO) sector are qualifying for such loans.

Rick Santos, chairman and CEO of property advisory firm CBRE Philippines, said the new breed of condo dwellers are not confined in Metro Manila. “From Clark up north to Davao City down south, the playing field is becoming more exciting especially for the BPO sector which will sustain the momentum and drive for the coming years.”

2. Low-cost housing segment helps drive the industry

Andy Mañalac, chairman of the National Real Estate Association (NREA), told TheStandard.com.ph that major developers are now dabbling in the low-cost and socialised housing segment.

More projects should be expected in this segment in 2016, according to Mañalac, and some developers might even cut back on high-end and luxury developments.

“The demand is so big and still growing that it will be very difficult for them to catch up even with their combined production. However, buyers’ financing for these will be another story,” he commented.

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3. Change is good

With the ASEAN Economic Community now in effect, the Philippines will be in a much better position to lead in the region’s growth by allowing certain changes, beginning with infrastructure.

National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) chief Arsenio Balicasan told TheStandard.com.ph: “There is a constant need for the infrastructure system to keep up with rising demands in the fast-growing economy, especially these days as new property investments flood the market.”

Balicasan noted that the weak infrastructure squanders the full potential of Philippine real estate and continues to hound the industry. He also added that more transparency in the market and possible ownership policy changes could help increase investments in the country.

With the announcement this week that Korean firm Hyundia Rotem has won the bid to supply trains for the long-delayed MRT-7 subway project, hopes are up that more infrastructure projects that can impact the property sector can finally see the light of day.

Reference from : http://www.property-report.com/