Which asset class will offer the highest returns in Australia?

Against a backdrop of higher interest rates, slow economic growth, and dramatically different speeds in occupier demand, it is challenging to know which asset classes and regions offer the best prospective investment returns in Australia over the next 5 years.

In our view, the current environment presents opportunities to take advantage of property cycles and reduced investor competition to achieve attractive prospective returns.

In this webinar, we will compare prospective returns across the Australian office, industrial, retail and residential property markets as well as fixed income investments (bonds) and discuss risks around our forecasts.

Join us on Tuesday 23rd July at 12pm to discuss:

  • How prospective returns in office are starting to stack up as we near what we believe is the bottom of the cycle. Some markets look better others.

  • Coming out of a boom phase, what are the challenges for returns in industrial property.
  • How the process of upward resetting of retail rents in new leases will drive asset performance and attractive prospective returns.

  • What residential property opportunities are special stand-outs, and

  • How Oxford Economics will support our clients to navigate and take advantage of these emerging trends.
Nora Farren

Lead Property Economist

02 8458 4246

Nora Farren

Lead Property Economist

Sydney, Australia

Nora Farren is a Lead Property Economist responsible for the production of both retail market and office sector property forecast reports for Oxford Economics Australia.  She has experience in multiple research methodologies including property economics, market and trading data as well as qualitative and quantitative customer research, with a specialisation in retail property. Nora has worked across a broad range of property organisations including valuation; funds management; agency; listed and consultancy.  She has worked with a broad range of clients including both public and private sector, across multiple asset classes.

Before joining Oxford Economics in 2022, Nora was a Senior Consultant with Macroplan, responsible for providing property market research and strategic advice to clients to support development proposals and project planning.  Prior to that, Nora worked in-house within the research teams at AMP Capital Investors, Mirvac and Lendlease, managing internal data and insights and co-ordinating external market research services. Nora was educated at the University of Western Sydney where she completed her Bachelor of Commerce (Land Economics); and at the Financial Services Institute of Australia where she gained a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment.  

Lee Walker

Principal Property Economist, Commercial & Industrial Property

+61 2 8458 4248

Lee Walker

Principal Property Economist, Commercial & Industrial Property


Lee has over 20 years experience in researching and forecasting Australian property markets, particularly in non-residential sectors. He is responsible for managing and producing a number of subscription services across Australia’s commercial property markets.

Lee’s current focus is on the Sydney and Perth office property markets, as well as prospects for the Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane industrial property markets. Lee also contributes to consulting work, including the financial evaluation of commercial development, the economic impact of major projects and strategic employment studies.

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