Lunch with The Future of Cebu’s Real Estate

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As we stride confidently into the promising horizon of 2024, The Company Cebu embraces a wealth of insights garnered during the recent “2023 Retrospective: Year-end Market Overview.” This exclusive event, hosted by CBRE in collaboration with Arthaland, provided a meticulous 4th quarter market monitor for 2023, along with a comprehensive Metro Manila and Provincial Market Activity Overview. The insights into Supply and Demand, Stock Forecast, Market Trends, and Sector Watch are highly informative and crucial for anyone navigating the dynamic real estate landscape.


Economic Resurgence & GDP Growth on the Horizon

In the wake of challenging times, there is a silver lining on the economic front. The real GDP growth is on a trajectory of recovery, promising a resurgence that, while not matching the pace of 2022, signifies a positive trend for the year ahead. This economic revival bodes well for real estate enthusiasts, as growth often correlates with increased demand and investment opportunities.


Navigating a Downward Course

In a reassuring trend, inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), is expected to decline. The outlook for 2024 is optimistic, with a steady decrease projected, barring any unforeseen challenges. This decline in inflation contributes to a stable economic environment, fostering an atmosphere conducive to sustainable growth in the real estate sector.


Peso is Emerging as a Regional Star

In a noteworthy achievement, the Peso has emerged as the second-best performing currency in Southeast Asia. This robust performance underlines the resilience of the Philippine economy and positions the country as an attractive destination for investors. The strong currency not only instills confidence in the local market but also opens avenues for global partnerships, marking a significant milestone for The Company Cebu and the real estate sector at large.


Cebu IT Park: A Glimpse into Local Real Estate Dynamics

Within the vibrant landscape of Cebu IT Park, the 4th quarter of 2023 witnessed the vacating of approximately 35,000 square meters of office space. This shifting dynamic provides an opportunity for prospective tenants and investors to explore prime real estate options within this bustling hub.


Unveiling Cebu’s Global Appeal

CBRE’s research offers a profound understanding of Cebu’s real estate dynamics. The revelation that Cebu is 100% conventional underscores its stability and reliability as a real estate market. Impressively, 64% of the companies entering Cebu hail from the United States, reaffirming the city’s global appeal. Furthermore, 72% of these companies belong to the BPO industry, solidifying Cebu’s position as a hub for business process outsourcing. Notably, 55% of the newly leased offices find their home in the vibrant IT Park, showcasing the area’s magnetic pull for businesses seeking an innovative and dynamic environment.


The Unveiling of 2024: A Symphony of Opportunities

The 4th quarter of 2023 marked a pivotal moment as the return to pre-pandemic vacancy levels encountered a slight hiccup, with demand proving to be somewhat underwhelming. However, this momentary pause sets the stage for an exciting 2024, with a projected one million square meters of brand new office space poised to be launched across Manila and Cebu City’s key areas. The Bay Area, Alabang, and Fort Bonifacio in Manila, as well as Cebu City Proper, IT Park, and Cebu Business Park, are all set to witness a flourishing real estate landscape.


A Triumph of Opportunities for Local Developers

As The Company Cebu reflects on the insights gleaned from the “2023 Retrospective,” the journey ahead is paved with promise and opportunities. The real estate landscape, while navigating through challenges, stands resilient and poised for growth. With a proactive approach, strategic investments, and a keen eye on market trends, The Company Cebu is now a key player in shaping the future of real estate in Cebu. The positive outlook for 2024 is not just a projection; it’s a testament to the unwavering spirit of innovation and adaptability that defines The Company Cebu. As we embrace the dawn of a new era, the possibilities are endless, and The Company Cebu stands at the forefront, ready to unlock prosperity and redefine the real estate narrative in Cebu.

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