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Auction ‘ghost bidding’ common practice in SA's Property Industry

Ivor Ichikowitz the chairman of arms manufacturer, the Paramount Group, has lost a battle against The High Street Auction Co, which he accused of faking bids to inflate the price of a property he was buying. ... Full story

Nedbank approves retail development in Secunda

Nedbank Corporate Property Finance has approved R69.3 million funding for the development of the 8722m² first phase of the Secunda Value Centre, Mpumulanga.

Property returns begin to fall as economic pressure grows

Fixed property market appears to be weakening, with the latest data from Investment Property Databank SA showing that capital valuations have softened.

Financial engineering destroys value, REIT Analysts warn

Analysts and property managers are stressing that when property counters are compared, the source of their returns must also be given equal attention.

REITs dispensation to Unlisted Property funds welcomed

The announcement by Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene in his budget speech on Wednesday that unlisted property companies should qualify for the same tax treatment as listed REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts), has been welcomed by South Africa’s commercial real estate sector.

Accelerate buys KPMG buildings for R850m

Accelerate Property Fund has bought KPMG's property service holding company with six office property assets across various centres in South Africa for R850 million.

Listed property is still good value, Industry Analysts say

SA listed property still represented good value for property investors wanting a relatively secure income stream despite a poor prognosis for weaker economy growth in the medium term.

Old Mutual, Pareto in R10bn ownership deal for major Retail assets

Old Mutual Life Assurance Company and Pareto have entered into an asset swap transaction involving Pretoria’s Menlyn Shopping Centre and Cape Town's Cavendish Square.

Tongaat Hulett concludes BEE deal for sale of prime land at Cornubia

Sugar producer Tongaat Hulett says it has concluded a deal with a local black-owned company, through the sale of prime land at its Cornubia Business Hub in KwaZulu-Natal.

A tough festive season for consumers but some retailers will still fare well

South African consumers are in a tougher position than a year ago and retail will be under pressure to perform this festive season.

SA’s listed property market Comes of Age

South Africa’s listed property sector made strides in becoming an accepted and even popular asset class in 2014, SA Commercial Prop News has learned.

Nedbank buys stake in Alberton's R450m Newmarket Value Centre

Nedbank Corporate Property Finance has bought a stake in the R450 million Newmarket Value Centre in Alberton — another sign of financier bullishness about the South African property market, particularly the retail sector.

Industrial Property has to be nimble

Property groups are shifting to clean industrial properties focussed on light manufacturing, warehousing and distribution as harder manufacturing struggles, SA Commercial Prop News has learnt.

SA’s REIT market still too unusual for many Investors

South African property funds have recognised a tremendous need to educate investors about how they function as investments, SA Commercial Prop News has learnt.

S.Africa may be in line for Specialised Property Funds

SA’s listed property sector has grown and matured over the past decade, as indicated by its size and the recent adoption of the globally recognised real estate investment trust structure.

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