Bruce Whillans, head of Ray White Auckland Commercial, has recently completed the sale of the five level URS Centre in College Hill Road in Auckland, which is the biggest deal in Auckland for 2013 and the second largest commercial real estate deal completed in New Zealand this year.
The URS Building sold to Tower Investments for $23.6 million and the price reflects an 8.25% yield which is down from the 8.90% yield when the property was sold to a European syndicate 18 months ago. The yield reflects a firming market in commercial and this is being experienced with other sales by the Auckland Commercial team.
Bruce Whillans has released the first quarter Whillans Report which makes comment about the activity level in commercial and the outlook for the 2013 commercial markets. The report, put together by senior analyst Brendan Keenan, looks at the vacancy rate, effective rent, yield and incentives for the prime and secondary markets together with the trend lines for Auckland CBD commercial, Auckland industrial and CBD prime retail. The report looks at New Zealand being the new lucky country and also looks at recent property sales together with current investment and development opportunities. Please click here to view the Whillans Report.