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MTBPS: Building confidence and stimulating growth is key
MTBPS: Building confidence and stimulating growth is key

Highlighting all the key issues and emphasising the action to be taken in the months and year ahead, the new minister of finance...

Dr Andrew GoldingBy Dr Andrew Golding 12 Nov 2021

SOUTH AFRICA

Q3 2021 FNB Property Broker Survey: Pressure gradually easing as economy slowly recovers
Q3 2021 FNB Property Broker Survey: Pressure gradually easing as economy slowly recovers

Focusing on the key drivers of movement and sales activity in owner-serviced properties, the FNB Commercial Property Broker Survey results show financial...

John LoosBy John Loos 1 Oct 2021

SOUTH AFRICA

Commercial property buying/selling markets substantially oversupplied - FNB survey
Commercial property buying/selling markets substantially oversupplied - FNB survey

We continue with the second quarter 2021 results of our FNB Commercial Property Broker Survey, which surveys a sample of commercial property brokers in...

John LoosBy John Loos 6 Jul 2021

SOUTH AFRICA

Stable interest rate great news for best buyer's market in decades
Stable interest rate great news for best buyer's market in decades

The decision by the Reserve Bank to retain the repo rate at 3.5% (home loan base rate at 7%) is great news and underscores the best buyer's market in decades...

Samuel SeeffBy Samuel Seeff 21 May 2021

SOUTH AFRICA

Interest rate hike held off for another quarter
Interest rate hike held off for another quarter

After announcing at their previous meeting that the interest rate may increase by 25 basis points in the second quarter, the MPC cut the country a break today...

Adrian GoslettBy Adrian Goslett 20 May 2021

SOUTH AFRICA

Recovery perceived in industrial, retail markets - Q1 2021 FNB Property Broker Survey
Recovery perceived in industrial, retail markets - Q1 2021 FNB Property Broker Survey

In this report, we discuss the first quarter 2021 results of the rental market component of our FNB Commercial Property Broker Survey...

John LoosBy John Loos 20 Apr 2021

SOUTH AFRICA

High levels of financial pressure-related selling perceived in commercial property sector - FNB survey
High levels of financial pressure-related selling perceived in commercial property sector - FNB survey

We continue with the first quarter 2021 results of our FNB Commercial Property Broker Survey, which surveys a sample of commercial property brokers in the six major metros of South Africa...

John LoosBy John Loos 8 Apr 2021

SOUTH AFRICA

Commercial property shows recovery, not back to pre-lockdown levels - FNB 1Q2021 survey
Commercial property shows recovery, not back to pre-lockdown levels - FNB 1Q2021 survey

Over 40% of brokers surveyed see office-bound companies revising their office space needs and in many cases downscaling. The planned downscaling is not only due to greater levels of work-from-home, however...

John LoosBy John Loos 25 Mar 2021

SOUTH AFRICA

Thinking of purchasing an investment property in the current market? Here's what to consider
Thinking of purchasing an investment property in the current market? Here's what to consider

Current real estate conditions pose an interesting dilemma for real estate investors. Purchasing an investment property now means that...

Adrian GoslettBy Adrian Goslett 10 Mar 2021

SOUTH AFRICA

#BudgetSpeech2021: Tax relief, further fiscal consolidation welcomed
#BudgetSpeech2021: Tax relief, further fiscal consolidation welcomed

Apart from the commitment made to the urgent rollout of the vaccination programme, of comfort to debt-burdened consumers is the announcement...

Dr Andrew GoldingBy Dr Andrew Golding 25 Feb 2021

SOUTH AFRICA

Positive budget welcome news for homeowners and consumers
Positive budget welcome news for homeowners and consumers

Finance minister Tito Mboweni presented a "positive budget" under challenging circumstances, perhaps the most challenging over the last 27 years...

Samuel SeeffBy Samuel Seeff 24 Feb 2021

SOUTH AFRICA

Can real estate contribute towards rebuilding South Africa's crippled economy?
Can real estate contribute towards rebuilding South Africa's crippled economy?

Despite President Ramaphosa's optimistic analogies of fynbos re-emerging after fire, 2021's State of the Nation Address made it clear that South Africa...

Tony ClarkeBy Tony Clarke 16 Feb 2021

SOUTH AFRICA

Repo rate remains unchanged, still room for a further cut
Repo rate remains unchanged, still room for a further cut

While a further reduction to the interest rate would have been a bonus for aspirant first-time home buyers and existing homeowners...

Dr Andrew GoldingBy Dr Andrew Golding 21 Jan 2021

SOUTH AFRICA

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...

John LoosBy John Loos 16 Nov 2020

SOUTH AFRICA

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...

Adrian GoslettBy Adrian Goslett 4 Nov 2020

SOUTH AFRICA

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...

John LoosBy John Loos 2 Nov 2020

SOUTH AFRICA

#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...

Dr Andrew GoldingBy Dr Andrew Golding 29 Oct 2020

SOUTH AFRICA

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...

John LoosBy John Loos 16 Oct 2020

SOUTH AFRICA

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...

John LoosBy John Loos 18 Sep 2020

SOUTH AFRICA

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...

Samuel SeeffBy Samuel Seeff 18 Sep 2020

SOUTH AFRICA

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...

Dr Andrew GoldingBy Dr Andrew Golding 18 Sep 2020

SOUTH AFRICA

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...

Tony ClarkeBy Tony Clarke 26 Jun 2020

SOUTH AFRICA

#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...

Dr Andrew GoldingBy Dr Andrew Golding 25 Jun 2020

SOUTH AFRICA

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...

John LoosBy John Loos 18 Jun 2020

SOUTH AFRICA

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...

Dr Andrew GoldingBy Dr Andrew Golding 31 Mar 2020

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