Smart Cities: Implications for the Real Estate Sector

At its core, Smart Cities is about efficiency. The concept, and the myriad of emerging technologies supporting it, create the possibility of cities that function better than they currently do. The real estate industry has the potential not only to shape the evolution of Smart Cities, but also be one of the key beneficiaries of this new technology. 

Key implications of Smart Cities technologies for participants in the real estate sector include the following:

  • Developments with Smart technology will attract price premiums: As well as being desirable for tenants, Smart developments are attractive to buyers as they enable efficient utilisation of buildings and lower operating costs.
  • Essential for maintaining relevance in the market: These technologies allow for more interactive and flexible services. Inactive players will not meet the growing expectations of customers and be left behind.

This insights piece aims to add perspective around the concept of Smart Cities and investigates its potential impact on urban development. We believe an early proactive approach to identify the impact of Smart Cities and a strategy to capitalise on this change will be key to success.  

Urban Renewal Quarterly Update – December Issue

The number of Urban Renewal projects coming to market in Australia has accelerated drastically in the last decade and shows no signs of slowing.  With an estimated $71 billion of projects coming to market in the next three years, Urban Renewal will be one of the main drivers of pipeline for the property industry.

Urban Renewal projects are large, complex real estate developments.  They involve the transformation of under-utilised brownfield sites, typically located in inner city locations and owned by government.  Developments are typically mixed-use and have a long gestation period from acquisition to construction commencement. 

Delivering successful Urban Renewal is a complex task and needs to be planned through an appropriate framework that considers a range of different elements. This Quarterly Research is the first of three issues that examine key aspects of an Urban Renewal framework for developers. In this issue, we will examine in detail the importance of Urban Renewal Strategy and Project Identification.

Australian Real Estate: Heating Up

The Australian real estate sector is experiencing yield compression, with values increasing across most asset classes.

Emerge Capital's research into the major Australian real estate sectors does not indicate a bubble market. Indeed when viewed in terms of the spread over government bonds, Australian real estate is more attractive than other key international gateway cities.

In our latest paper, Australian Real Estate: Heating Up, Emerge Capital provides insights and opportunities across key real estate sectors. We hope it is an informative read!

Urban Renewal Quarterly Update

As cities around the world look to revitalise inner city precincts, Urban Renewal has become an increasingly important part of Governments agenda.

Emerge Capital works with key Urban Renewal proponents to support and advise in the delivery of these complex projects. We are pleased to release our latest quarterly Urban Renewal update containing our insights and update on this growing sector.

Healthcare Real Estate

Healthcare Real Estate has one of the highest returns and lowest volatilities as a real estate investment asset class in Australia. Despite this it remains widely unsecuritised.

Emerge Capital Partner's latest research paper provides an overview and key insights into this emerging real estate sector.