Edward Quinn | 13 February 2013

Sydney CBD pubs listed for sale as confidence and investors returns to sector

Investor confidence has returned to the long-troubled NSW pub sector, according to CBRE.

CBRE sold or placed under contract around $40 million worth of pubs over the Christmas/New Year period with a further $30 million worth of hotels is to be offered to the market in coming weeks.

CBRE Hotels will soon commence marketing four high profile properties: the Bristol Retro Arms in the Sydney CBD,The Welcome Hotel at Rozelle in Sydney, the Banjo Paterson at Jindabyne and the Swansea Hotel at Lake Macquarie. 

"We have certainly noticed a shift in buyers and sellers attitudes as well as that of other stakeholders, including banks, who have a renewed appetite to lend on well-located properties with established trading histories," says’ CBRE’s Joel Fisher said. 

"This is expected to aid a continued recovery in the market and underpin a pick-up in sales activity over the next 12-24 months."

The Hotels team at CBRE has associated the recent uptick to “historically low interest rates and the perception that legislative risks have been watered down… Enabling purchasers to make more considered and educated decisions about both their investments and current valuations.”

The Banjo Paterson Inn in Jindabyne will be listed by CBRE and is expected to generate considerable interest due to last year’s strong ski season.

“The hotel offers its own microbrewery as well as a successful adjoining motel and there is future upside via a current DA (development approval) for a residential redevelopment of the property.”

Also on the market, The Welcome Hotel – located in Rozelle, Sydney’s inner west, is expected to gain significant interest as it is regarded as one of the best hotels in NSW by the SMH Good Pub Food Guide.

“The hotel has a strong established trading record and offers significant upside potential, which will help underpin buyer interest.”

“A significant draw card for purchasers will be the fact that the property is positioned to capitalise on Sydney’s increasing inner city population base, with a range of high density residential projects proposed in the surrounding suburbs,” Fisher says.

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