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 has a long, and largely undefined, road to recovery ahead.

There is a need to achieve greater scale in delivery and improve conditions for private-sector investment in social housing, National Treasury pointed out in its 2021 Budget Review.

Yael Geffen, CEO of Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty, welcomed the government backtracking in this budget speech on its earlier decision to increase personal income tax, as well as providing a further R2.2 billion in tax relief through raising personal income tax brackets and rebates by 5%.

Relief at no increase in personal tax, says Dr Andrew Golding, chief executive of the Pam Golding Property group

Thursday, 25 February 2021 09:38

Optimistic budget masks a number of key risks

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s budget has been received very positively, as demonstrated by the reaction from markets.

Everybody knows that the construction industry has been reeling for a number of years, a casualty of an economy that seems to be going backwards and the lack of spending on infrastructure.

The Industrial Property Market in 2021 is certainly not an easy one to predict. However, learning from the past year’s events gives us a good idea of what we can expect.

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.

Tuesday, 08 December 2020 16:43

GDP recovers to 66.1% growth

The South African economy began its journey to recovery during the third quarter of 2020 - this after the national lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 had sent it into a tailspin.

Gerhard Kotzé, MD of the RealNet estate agency group, says that while the real estate sector is currently performing very well in spite of the major contraction in the economy this year.

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