C9 Hotelworks And Horwath HTL Release Hotels and Hotel Residences Market Report
Changing faces and changing places are shifting as Bali’s property market shifts course as highlighted in C9 Hotelworks and Horwath HTL’s new Bali Hotels and Hotel Residences Market Report 2021.
While Bali’s tourism industry has been battered from the ongoing impact of the global pandemic, the island’s real estate sector has experienced a rapid shift in demand. Indonesia’s barrier to overseas travel has, in an unlikely turn of events stimulated a new wave of luxury property sales mostly in the villa segment.
A substantial trend in luxury villa sales has been revealed in our research in the secondary market, that has been driven by domestic buyers from Jakarta and Surabaya. Transactions have been mixed mostly between prime properties in Greater Canggu and South Bali at premium prices and the other end of the spectrum stress-driven discounts across a broader area.
Another key impact of Covid-19 has seen foreign buyers already in Indonesia adopting a work-from-home lifestyle and purchasing homes. This is especially prevalent in Canggu and the rapidly expanding West Bali push up the coastline. We expect this to continue to trend, with a younger, digitally-enabled demographic profile emerging.
Increasing interest from Singapore, Hong Kong, and other city-based buyers from Europe and North America looking at resort locations across Asia to live and work from home is a new constant in our Asia-wide market research. Despite the vibrancy in overseas investment into Bali, there remain no new significant changes in Indonesia’s foreign ownership laws nor pandemic-driven incentives to date.
Meanwhile, land sales and property prices have remained extremely active, especially for residential project development and individual luxury-oriented villas. Domestic buyers are the key players in this sector with competition high for prime sites and maturing locations.
One market that has seen sharp declines is hotel-branded or hotel-managed investment-type developments. Given stress in the tourism market and saturation of condominium hotels, we expect this class of real estate to remain sidelined for the remainder of 2021. Given many of these projects are focused on foreign buyers who are presently unable to visit Bali, there is little reason to expect a rebound in transactions until the broad international tourism market returns.
Looking at projects currently for sale in Bali, our research shows that condominiums still exceed a 60% share, though the villa segment is poised to grow. Primary sales volume over the past year totaled USD272 million, which is approximately a third of pre-Covid transaction levels.
Moving through 2021, we expect a continued domesticated push from Java and Surabaya in Bali’s real estate buyers who are motivated to purchase a second or holiday home after numerous lockdowns. Looking further ahead, Bali’s appeal to international buyers will attract more demand, as bedroom communities like Greater Canggu develop more critical mass and infrastructure.
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