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Singapore, New York or London? Which city has the most attractive rental market for real estate investors

Singapore’s new visa rules, introduced in January, offer a five-year work visa for specific tech-based professionals.

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Prime rents have remained robust across many global cities, but the overall rate of annual growth is starting to slow.

Knight Frank announces ‘Prime Global Rental Index’ that tracks the movement of prime residential rents across ten cities using data from our global research network. The index tracks nominal rents in local currency. Prime rents have remained robust across many global cities, but the overall rate of annual growth is starting to slow.

The Prime Global Rental Index increased 10.3% in the year to December 2022, down from a peak of 11.8% in March 2022. Singapore leads the Q4 2022 rankings, pushing New York off the top spot. Singapore’s annual rental growth grew from 23% in Q3 to 28% in Q4 2022, with limited stock and strong demand driving prices higher.

Singapore’s new visa rules, introduced in January 2023, offer a five-year work visa for specific tech-based professionals who earn over S$30,000 per month, the measure is likely to supplement tenant demand further.

New York occupies second place in the annual rankings, registering 19% annual growth, with rents up 48% since their pandemic low in Q4 2020. Tight stock levels, rental listings were down 15% in December from their high in August, along with higher mortgage costs for would-be purchasers are resulting in a demand/supply imbalance.

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London registered 18% prime rental growth in the year to Q4 2022. Demand remains robust with prospective tenants 27% above their five-year average in November. Knight Frank forecasts rents in prime central London will rise by 6% in 2023, as potential buyers wait out the economic turbulence.
Toronto and Tokyo registered annual rental growth of 15% and 8%, respectively, with both markets facing competitive demand.

Hong Kong saw the largest fall in prime rents year-on-year, down 6.4%. As many international corporations have deferred expansion plans within the region, demand from corporate tenants has softened. With many investors eyeing the rental market as an inflation hedge, providing shelter during economic turbulence, it is expected that the prime investment markets see robust activity in the short to medium-term.

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First published on: 25-03-2023 at 16:07 IST