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Return to the office – is CBD property dead, or a great buying opportunity?

With the world returning to travel, festivals and more, it’s easy to believe that the impacts of Covid are behind us. But central business districts in many countries are still struggling, and businesses are finding the challenge of getting workers back to the office harder than expected. So should investors be wary, or opportunistic?

With the world returning to travel, festivals and more, it’s easy to believe that the impacts of Covid are behind us. But central business districts in many countries are still struggling, and businesses are finding the challenge of getting workers back to the office harder than expected. So should investors be wary, or opportunistic?

Morningstar analyst Alex Prineas joins the podcast to share:

  • What the 17% fall in the value of a single CBD office tower means for the rest of the industry
  • How to measure the return to the office when the data is patchy
  • Whether valuations of office AREITs have fallen sufficiently to give investors something to cheer, and 
  • Why your superannuation is likely affected, even if you hold no REITs in your portfolio.

You can access this and previous episodes of the Your Wealth podcast now on iTunesPodbeanSpotify or at nabtrade.com.au/yourwealth

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About the Author
Gemma Dale , nabtrade

Gemma Dale is Director of SMSF and Investor Behaviour at nabtrade. She is the host of the Your Wealth podcast, a fortnightly podcast for investors, featuring insights and updates from markets and finance experts across a range of topics. She provides regular market and finance commentary on ausbiz and in other media including AFR, the Australian, ABC and commercial tv and radio. Gemma was previously the Head of SMSF Solutions for nab, and the Head of Technical Services for MLC, where she led a team of specialists providing advice to advisers and their clients on SMSF, super, tax, social security and aged care.