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Commercial real estate and the endless quest for yield

Returns (or yields) determine the value of a commercial property, with the general rule of thumb being the lower the price of purchase in relation to the rental, the higher the yield...

By John Jack 3 days ago

Several contributing factors set to potentially see property market through these tough times

After last month's bleak Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement by finance minister Tito Mboweni, South Africans are settling in for a long and uncertain road to economic recovery...

By Tony Clarke 24 Nov 2020

Interest rate disappoints, but South Africans will buy property this festive season

The decision by the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) to retain the repo rate at 3.5% (home loan base rate at 7%) is disappointing and out of step with the economy...

By Samuel Seeff 20 Nov 2020

Low interest rate, realistic pricing sustaining buoyant property market

What we are experiencing at present is a continued strong uptake in demand for residential property acquisitions around the country - particularly in the price band up to R3m...

By Dr Andrew Golding 20 Nov 2020

Pros and cons of renting vs buying as tenants reconsider their priorities

While many - particularly the millennial generation - chose to travel and live more 'freely' in the past, priorities have since changed, says Grant Smee, property investor, entrepreneur, and MD for Only Realty...

16 Nov 2020

Unpacking the macro property risks in SA's 3 major provinces post-lockdown

Earlier in the year, we discussed the three major provincial regions' (Gauteng, KZN and Western Cape) property markets' ability to handle the major economic shock emanating from the coronavirus-related lockdowns...

By John Loos 16 Nov 2020

Remote working trend triggers spike in KZN North Coast semigration

According to Vernon Vogt, principal of Jawitz Properties North Coast, Covid-19's impact on how we live, work and play has been particularly felt on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast, with a spike in semigration interest in the area...

13 Nov 2020

How the profile of typical property investors in SA has been turned on its head

A few years ago, the typical property investor in South Africa was male and between the ages of 30 and 40, but the latest figures reveal a significant change...

12 Nov 2020

Lightstone data reveals the age groups dominating property investment in SA

According to property data analytics provider Lightstone, around 40% of multiple residential property owners in South Africa fall between the ages of 36-49 years, while 38% of multiple property owners fall between 50-64 years...

11 Nov 2020

Hard and fast rules a good property investor should never ignore

With the interest rate at all-time low, and the market geared to favour buyers, now is an ideal time to consider building on a property portfolio, says Giel Viljoen, principal at Leapfrog Stellenbosch...

10 Nov 2020

Why tech companies should open offices in small towns, villages

Covid-19 has induced massive reverse migration with employees moving back to their homes, making it the right time for tech companies to capitalise on the trend of operating in smaller towns...

By Andrew Bourne 10 Nov 2020

Top trends set to impact SA's commercial property market in 2021

Covid-19 simply accelerated many existing trends, like retail footprint reductions and the appeal of quality retail assets outside of big cities..

By Norman Raad 9 Nov 2020

Lowest prime rate in decades driving tenants towards home ownership

Currently at 7%, the prime rate is at its lowest level in decades, driving more South African tenants to consider property ownership...

6 Nov 2020

Why 2020 does not compare to the 2008 housing market crash

When the national lockdown was first announced at the end of March, the real estate industry braced itself for another housing market crisis similar to that of the 2008 crash...

By Adrian Goslett 4 Nov 2020

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