International Beat

Ireland's Big Deal 

Union Investment acquired 5 Hanover Quay, a LEED-gold certified office building in Dublin's South Docklands district, for $213 million (190 million euros). The seven-story building, built in 2018, offers more than 161,000 sf of rental space and is fully leased to two technology companies. The acquisition was made on behalf of open-ended real estate fund Unilmmo: Europa. The building is Union Investment's fifth commercial property in Dublin; the seller was TIO South Docks Fund Limited, and A&L Goodbody assisted in the transaction.  

Source: Union Investment 

Hong Kong Tops for Office Rents

The most expensive prime office rates in the world can be found in Hong Kong, with two submarkets within its MSA in the top-10 most expensive markets.  

  Price psf/year 
 Hong Kong (Central) $322.00 
 London (West End) $222.70 
 Hong Kong (Kowloon) $208.67 
 New York (Midtown) $196.89 
 Beijing (Finance Street) $187.77 
 Beijing (CBD) $177.05 
 New York (Midtown/South Manhattan) $169.86 
 Tokyo $167.82 
 New Delhi (Connaught Place/CBD) $143.97 
 London (City) $139.75 

Industrial Booming North of the Border

Canada's industrial vacancy ended 1Q2019 at a historic low of 3 percent, down 0.7 percent from 1Q2018. Four markets posted rates below the national average: 

   Vacancy Rate 1Q2019
 Winnipeg 2.8% 
 Ottawa 1.6% 
 Toronto 1.5% 
 Vancouver      1.2$ 

Source: Avison Young   

Global Markets to Watch

Global Markets to Watch In an October report, Colliers International cited the U.S.-China trade war for declines in American manufacturing when compared to the last five years. The U.S. Purchasing Managers Index dropped to 47.8 percent, the lowest score in more than 10 years.

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