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

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

Why 2020 does not compare to the 2008 housing market crash
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

Key macro impacts of government finance on commercial property market
Key macro impacts of government finance on commercial property market

Given that 2019 levels of GDP were already insufficient to prevent rising average property vacancy rates, an even lower level of GDP is likely to imply lower demand for space (than 2019), and a further rise in average vacancy rates through the forecast period...

By John Loos 2 Nov 2020

#MTBPS2020: All about creating confidence, positive sentiment in our economy
#MTBPS2020: All about creating confidence, positive sentiment in our economy

The minister of finance Tito Mboweni hit the nail on the head during the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) when he said that it is not only investors who need confidence, but also the average South African...

By Dr Andrew Golding 29 Oct 2020

Pressure remains on commercial property market post-lockdown
Pressure remains on commercial property market post-lockdown

As previously expected, the Covid-19 lockdown, and resultant deep recession, has been taking its toll on the commercial property market, dragging capital growth deeper into negative territory in the first half of the year...

By John Loos 16 Oct 2020

While repo rate breathes life into residential property, commercial sector remains subdued
While repo rate breathes life into residential property, commercial sector remains subdued

The sounds emanating from the property market in recent months seem to point to two almost totally different worlds...

By John Loos 18 Sep 2020

Rate decision welcomed as first-property buyer's market booms
Rate decision welcomed as first-property buyer's market booms

The decision by the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) to retain the repo rate at 3.5% (home loan base rate at 7%) is welcome news...

By Samuel Seeff 18 Sep 2020

Potential recovery scenarios as repo rate remains stable
Potential recovery scenarios as repo rate remains stable

The Monetary Policy Committee's decision to keep the repo rate stable was not entirely surprising, as the 300bps rate cuts for the year to date are still taking effect...

By Dr Andrew Golding 18 Sep 2020

Impact of remote working, changing office market could be far-reaching
Impact of remote working, changing office market could be far-reaching

Ever since the Covid-19 hard lockdowns began in all seriousness across the world earlier this year, the world has been abuzz with talk of how the crisis has changed the world...

By John Loos 14 Sep 2020

Rate cut welcomed as property rebounds on pent-up demand
Rate cut welcomed as property rebounds on pent-up demand

The decision by the Reserve Bank to cut the repo rate by a further 25 basis points to 3.5%, reducing prime and the base home loan rate to a further historic low of 7% is welcome relief for the property market and households...

By Samuel Seeff 24 Jul 2020

Home buyers responding to interest rate cuts
Home buyers responding to interest rate cuts

The further reduction of the repo rate by 25 basis points to an all-time low of 3.5% takes the prime interest rate down to 7%...

By Dr Andrew Golding 24 Jul 2020

#YouthMonth: How an unexpected passion for property altered Chelsea Brown's career path
#YouthMonth: How an unexpected passion for property altered Chelsea Brown's career path

A UJ alumna, Chelsea Brown has found her passion in property, especially after recognising the many opportunities the field holds for SA's youth...

By Sindy Peters 30 Jun 2020

Silver linings for homeowners as economic revival takes centre stage
Silver linings for homeowners as economic revival takes centre stage

Finance minister Tito Mboweni's supplementary budget speech on Wednesday was met with trepidation by many South Africans...

By Tony Clarke 26 Jun 2020

#SupplementaryBudget: Prioritisation of infrastructure development, public-private partnerships key
#SupplementaryBudget: Prioritisation of infrastructure development, public-private partnerships key

Against the backdrop of ongoing measures to address the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa, the Supplementary Budget 2020 highlighted several key aspects...

By Dr Andrew Golding 25 Jun 2020

Like economy, housing market recovery dependent on confidence, investment rebound
Like economy, housing market recovery dependent on confidence, investment rebound

Indicating the severity of the current economic contraction experienced as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown, finance minister Tito Mboweni is expected to deliver an Emergency Budget on 24 June...

By Dr Andrew Golding 19 Jun 2020

SA property prospects as we look beyond Covid-19 lockdowns
SA property prospects as we look beyond Covid-19 lockdowns

The Covid-19 crisis has changed the world a lot, perhaps less through introducing new trends and more through speeding up old trends...

By John Loos 18 Jun 2020

New vision for real estate in which all can win
New vision for real estate in which all can win

The real estate industry will no doubt look very different by the end of this year to the way it looked before the Covid-19 pandemic...

By Berry Everitt 8 Jun 2020

#LockdownLessons: With every challenge, therein lies an opportunity
#LockdownLessons: With every challenge, therein lies an opportunity

Lerato Pooe, general manager of the South African Institute of Valuers (SAIV), shares her experience of the current Covid-19 crisis and how her organisation is navigating these unusual times...

By Sindy Peters 25 May 2020

#LockdownLessons: Save where you can, cut costs where you must - Grant Smee, Only Realty
#LockdownLessons: Save where you can, cut costs where you must - Grant Smee, Only Realty

Grant Smee, MD of Only Realty and founder of EPiC South Africa, shares his experience of the current Covid-19 crisis and how his organisation is navigating these unusual times...

By Sindy Peters 7 May 2020

Moody's downgrade: Room for further interest rate cuts
Moody's downgrade: Room for further interest rate cuts

While anticipated, South Africa's downgrade to junk status by Moody's rating agency will be a further blow to the already weakened economy...

By Dr Andrew Golding 31 Mar 2020

Increased confidence in property expected as stock markets show extreme volatility
Increased confidence in property expected as stock markets show extreme volatility

From a residential property market perspective, historically, recent international experience reveals that global economic shocks of this nature inevitably cause property transactions to taper off...

By Dr Andrew Golding 25 Mar 2020

#Budget2020: Adjustment in transfer duty threshold a welcome move
#Budget2020: Adjustment in transfer duty threshold a welcome move

Apart from the tax reprieve announced by finance minister Tito Mboweni in the National Budget, good news for the property market is the adjustment of the threshold for transfer duty...

By Dr Andrew Golding 27 Feb 2020

#Budget2020: Transfer duty, personal tax relief welcome news for property market
#Budget2020: Transfer duty, personal tax relief welcome news for property market

The 2020 Budget Speech presented by minister of finance Tito Mboweni is broadly welcomed, in particular the raising of the transfer duty threshold to R1m...

By Samuel Seeff 27 Feb 2020

Budget 2020: Stalling property market needs economic relief
Budget 2020: Stalling property market needs economic relief

The stalling property market is in dire need of economic relief. The 2016-2018 transfer duty and capital gains tax (CGT) hikes were never going to result in higher government revenue...

By Samuel Seeff 24 Feb 2020

Collaborative consumption - an emerging property trend for 2020 and beyond
Collaborative consumption - an emerging property trend for 2020 and beyond

The real estate industry is going through significant change for the first time in my 20-year history in this business. And it is technology-driven. I expect that more and more, players in our industry will adapt their business models to ensure that they stay relevant in times to come...

By Paul Stevens 27 Jan 2020

Weak economy expected to keep average commercial property vacancy rate rising
Weak economy expected to keep average commercial property vacancy rate rising

We head into 2020 with little in the way of improvement in key leading economic indicators, suggesting to us that the commercial property market will likely see "more of the same" this year...

By John Loos 21 Jan 2020

Global investment trends of the next decade - and their impact on the property industry
Global investment trends of the next decade - and their impact on the property industry

The last 10 years have been somewhat of a rollercoaster; an era of disruption shaped by the fallout of the global financial crisis, strident technological advances influencing the way in which we live and work, numerous significant power and social shifts and influential emergent trends...

By Yael Geffen 20 Jan 2020

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