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Auckland ranks 7th in global investment intensity survey

​Auckland has ranked 7th in the world in JLL’s latest City Investment Index for Q1 2015. One of the region’s most transparent markets, Auckland climbed six places as investment volumes doubled over the past year.



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JLL’s City Investment Intensity Index compares the volume of direct real estate investment over a three-year period relative to the current economic size of a city.  The Index provides a measure of real estate market liquidity, as well as a useful barometer of a city’s overall ‘health’.  It highlights cities that are punching above their weight in terms of attracting real estate investment.

Managing Director for JLL New Zealand Nick Hargreaves says, “This is Auckland’s best ever performance in the JLL study and a key indicator that we are beginning to reach the global forefront in terms of our transparent and liquid real estate market. Auckland’s competitive advantage is its high-quality commercial stock that is encouraging international real estate interest.”

The latest Q1 2015 Index sees London (1st) maintain its position in the top spot in terms of real estate investment relative to city size. The Global Top 5 is completed by Munich (2nd), Oslo (3rd), Stockholm (4th) and Copenhagen (5th), tech-rich cities with a high quality of life and strong environmental credentials, factors which are increasingly being incorporated into investment strategies.  
Technology hubs also dominate the U.S. cities making the Top 25, including San Jose / Silicon Valley (12th), San Francisco (13th) and Austin (19th), while Boston (24th) and Seattle (25th) also perform well. Honolulu (8th) enters the Top 25 for the first time, registering its largest single transaction on record in Q1 2015.

Sydney (6th) remains a strong favourite with domestic and international investors, while Auckland (7th), one of the region’s most transparent markets, climbs six places as investment volumes double over the past year. 

Justin Kean, JLL New Zealand’s Head of Research says, “The investment intensity survey is a useful measure in that it compares the overall size of the economy of a city with the level of real estate investment. It is much like a free float measure for a stock market in that it indicates both the availability of quality stock in the market as well as the propensity of investors to transact in that market based on the investment market outlook. For Auckland to beat New York, Singapore and several major Chinese markets underlines the attractiveness of the location.”

The draw of financial centres continues to be strong, with three of the world’s most important financial hubs – New York (23st), London (1st) and Singapore (17th) – as well as Frankfurt (9th), all featuring at the top of the City Investment Intensity Index.  Warsaw, which has shown robust growth as a financial centre, appears in 15th position.

The ‘Super Cities’ are represented by London, New York, Paris (14th) and Tokyo (21st), the world’s largest real estate market, with investment volumes (Q2 2014 – Q1 2015) almost 30% higher than the previous 12 months.