NAB’s quarterly commercial property survey continued to deteriorate in the September quarter, not that you’d know it from A-REIT prices:
NAB Commercial Property Index hits new low of -19 points in Q3’12 as domestic economy passes through a soft patch with business conditions weaker and forward indicators concerning. Retail participants least optimistic, but expectations soften most in office and CBD Hotel markets. WA strongest market nationally. Victoria weakest with less property professionals expecting positive capital or income returns in office and retail markets. Consumer confidence seen as the main challenge for property firms in the next year.
Full report below.