Monday, September 17th, 2012
Specialist WA funds management group, Otan, has experienced a strong rise in interest from Chinese investors in the last 12 months with Managing Director, Mr Mark Butler, citing Western Australia’s strong economic outlook and weakening Chinese property prices as reasons for the demand.

“Up until 12 months ago, we did not have any investment coming from China into our various property funds, however they now make up to 5% of all investors and this number is growing quickly,” Mr Butler said.

Mr Butler said private Chinese investors were being driven to WA because of its comparatively affordable residential property market, and the slowing of growth in their domestic market.

“With property prices continuing to weaken in China and with analysts predicting this trend to continue if only in the short term, we have seen more Chinese investors entering Australian managed property funds and this number is expected to increase.

“Thanks to our strong resource-driven economy and population growth, WA is also seen as a hotspot for investment globally and a safe option for many overseas investors,” he added.

Mr Butler said Perth’s relative proximity to overseas markets, like China, and the fact that it was in the same time zone also added to the city’s attractiveness to investors.

“Being able to jump on a plane and be on the ground here in WA relatively quickly to assess the investment opportunity first hand or get on the phone and talk to someone easily clearly adds to the appeal,” he said.

Otan Property Funds Management Ltd’s recent offerings include a 48-townhouse development on Railway Parade, in Queens Park, just 10 kilometres from the Perth CBD; the Jingarri Nickol development in WA’s resource hub of Karratha; and the high profile mixed use Subiaco project, Centro North which was developed in partnership with ISPT Development and Opportunities Fund No. 2, an entity associated with ISPT Super Property, one of Australia’s largest superannuation investor owned property groups.

“What attracted investors to these projects was the knowledge that they were dealing with one of Australia’s most specialised property funds managers in Otan,” Mr Butler said.

“The design of the Otan funds also enables the investor to choose which project they will invest in – whether that be residential apartment developments, infill site and broad acre subdivisions or select commercial opportunities.”

The Otan board consists of Mr Butler, consultant advisor and former Ernst & Young and Arthur Andersen partner John Nicholas, David Pringle, a founding director of leading WA construction firm Pindan, and experienced investment banker, management consultant and chartered accountant John Welborn.

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Otan Property Funds Management Ltd was established to make the most of a unique opportunity in the West Australian property industry. Otan has a retail AFSL licence and provides investors with the ability to participate in property investment opportunities mainly in Perth and Western Australia.

These are residential developments of apartments, infill site and broad acre subdivisions; and commercial opportunities of a passive nature which are based upon opportunistic acquisitions.
Lorelei Campbell, Soapbox PR
P: 08 9279 5226


Chinese Investment, Property Investment, Western Australia, Property Funds



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