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Property News - 29 January 2015

FROM THE EDITOR

The Real Estate industry and South Africa in general welcomes the decision by the Monetary Policy Committee meeting (29 January 2015) to hold the repo rate steady at 5.75 percent. Commentators in the market feels that the decision will bring some relief, particularly at a time when as a nation we are coping with ongoing power cuts which impact negatively on businesses and individuals alike. For more of this article, read Benign inflation and interest rate environment positive for home ownership.

According to First National Bank, the property market appears to be strengthening after a "lull" in the residential sector in the first half of 2014.The FNB Estate Agent Survey's activity level ratings suggested that 2015 would see a broadly strengthening market, However, stock constraints remain significant, albeit possibly diminishing slightly, and one point for minor concern is the apparent perception by agents that residential affordability may just be in the early stages of deterioration. See an article titled Property market strengthening for more of this story.

In other news, Izak Petersen, Dipula Income Fund CEO, of SA's commercial property sector in 2015 warned the market to expect massive competition in the scramble for good property and tenants. According to the report, Izak foresees a year that will bring heaps of hard work for the sector, with only select opportunities of good assets available to the market. To read the whole story, scroll down to an article titled Listed real estate to outperform bonds, cash and equities in 2015.

We then take a closer look at Ballito, a rapidly growing town in KwaZulu Natal, northward of Durban. This town was founded in 1954 as a private township in an area that used to be the sugar cane farm. Today Ballito has turned into an elegant suburb. To learn more about this interesting town, check out the Focus On section of this Newsletter.

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Benign inflation and interest rate environment positive for home ownership

Benign inflation and interest rate

While generally anticipated by commentators in the market, the decision by the Monetary Policy Committee meeting (29 January 2015) to hold the repo rate steady at 5.75 percent is most welcome - particularly at a time when as a nation we are coping with ongoing power cuts which impact negatively on businesses and individuals alike...
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The property market appears to be strengthening after a "lull" in the residential sector in the first half of 2014, First National Bank said on Tuesday...
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Listed real estate to outperform bonds, cash and equities in 2015

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Expect massive competition in the scramble for good property and tenants," says Izak Petersen, Dipula Income Fund CEO, of SA's commercial property sector in 2015...
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In SAPOA’s October 2014 industrial vacancy survey, they reported that for the six month period between 1st January to 30th June 2014, industrial property generally outperformed both office and retail property asset classes...
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Eskom is quick to blame lower than applied for electricity tariffs for its financial woes and doesn’t hesitate to remind consumers of this fact. It’s urgently looking for R3 billion extra to augment its depeleted diesel budget...
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