Flexible workspaces are becoming more and more popular. (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – Several new development trends are emerging in the real estate market, which is expected to remain strong in 2019 since the economy continues to grow robustly and there is a lot of investment flowing into infrastructure.

According to real estate and investment management services firm Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL), in 2019 the mid-priced and affordable segment will dominate the market.

In HCM City, the supply of finished apartments in all segments has reached 160,000 units, corresponding to a rate of 17 apartments/1,000 people.

At the same time, flexible workspaces are becoming more and more popular around the country, largely due to the limited supply of traditional office space in sought-after locations.

The market is still in its infancy though the first serviced office, Regus, has been operating since 1999.

Flexible space is often considered the answer to small companies and start-ups’ needs rather than traditional offices because of reduced costs due to sharing space and facilities.

With the strong growth in e-commerce, JLL predicted technology companies would continue to hunt for ideal office buildings and quickly become the main tenant category, providing an opportunity for investors who can build offices in time to keep up with demand.

For technology companies, their office location must be able to attract talent and have convenient transportation with live-work-play facilities integrated into the surrounding environment.

“The logistics industry will grow along with e-commerce,” Stephen Wyatt, general director of JLL Vietnam, pointed out.

In Vietnam, online shopping activities are increasing in step with the rapid growth of smart phones and 4G networks.

There is thus increasing pressure on logistics systems, supply chains, distribution and retail channels, and factories and warehouses.

Compared to other countries in its neighbourhood, Vietnam’s logistics market is still in its infancy.

The final trend, a “hotel” lifestyle, is expected to be popular with millennials, or people born between 1980 and 2000.

People of this generation are unlikely to stay with their parents and prefer to have their own space.-VNA