In the current economic environment, businesses are keen to reduce debt by paying down their commercial loans.

Results from the listed property sector in 2020 showed property values reducing by an average of around 8%. And while listed property is just one component of the South African property sector.

Spear REIT Limited (SEA:SJ), with its exclusive focus on high quality Western-Cape only assets, released its FY2021 results on 14 May 2021.

1st Quarter 2021 FNB Property Broker Survey of Rental Market Conditions – Brokers perceive recovery in Industrial and Retail market activity, but little sign of rising activity in the Office Market.

The 1st Quarter 2021 FNB Commercial Property Broker Survey component that surveys broker perceptions of buying/selling market activity by major commercial property class, continued to show rising activity ratings in all 3 classes, i.e. the Industrial, Retail and Office Property Classes.

With the news recently in that Eskom will be hiking electricity tariffs by 15.63% from April, commercial and retail tenants will be bracing for increased strain on already tightly stretched budgets.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, property stocks in general took a significant hit, where retail and commercial office space – and even some industrial property holdings – were affected. In contrast, lower-income affordable housing – and inner-city housing in particular – has performed better than most other property markets in South Africa over the same period.

We continue with the 4th quarter 2020 results of our FNB Commercial Property Broker Survey, which surveys a sample of commercial property brokers in and around the 6 major metros of South Africa, namely, City of Joburg and Ekurhuleni (Greater Johannesburg), Tshwane, Ethekwini, City of Cape Town and Nelson Mandela Bay.

In this note, we continue with the 4th quarter 2020 results of our FNB Commercial Property Broker Survey, which surveys a sample of commercial property brokers in the 6 major metros of South Africa, ie. City of Joburg and Ekurhuleni (Greater Johannesburg), Tshwane, Ethekwini, City of Cape Town and Nelson Mandela Bay.

Real estate has long been a rewarding sector of the financial markets. Like all sectors, share prices and the underlying fundamentals of commercial property assets weakened in early 2020, as South Africa and the rest of the world came to grips with managing through the pandemic, with some sectors suffering more than others.

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