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SA office spaces are all dressed up - with no one to fill them

Property funds have struggled to fill office vacancies this year with few companies seeking new office space, given the lack of new businesses opening in SA in a weak economy. ... Full story

Performance of SA REITs analysed from capital gains and profitability perspectives

The latest research from JLL South Africa analyses the performance of the South African Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) from a capital gains perspective and a profitability perspective in order to highlight the drivers of investment returns.

Old Mutual backs the Zone @ Rosebank facelift with R500m

Old Mutual Properties will redevelop Zone@Rosebank shopping centre in a R500m expansion that will see a number of top retailers added to the existing tenant mix.

Bond sell-off sparks drop in property index

FTSE/JSE South African listed property index has lost 9.48% of its value since the beginning of March.

Smaller property funds offer bigger returns, says experts

Few smaller listed property funds with specialised assets may still offer strong returns.

Property’s run hits obstacles

Property stocks continued to perform well over the most recent results season but market conditions and a lack of outlier events suggest this will be the last good set for results for the year.

Shree Property Holdings gets R1bn loan boost from Standard Bank

Standard Bank Group, Africa’s biggest lender by assets and earnings, has granted R1 billion to Shree Property Holdings, to enable the company refinance existing loan facilities and acquire new properties to add to its industrial property portfolio in KwaZulu-Natal.

Appetite for hotel development in Sub-Saharan Africa rises

Appetite for hotel development in Africa is increasing with many more businesses setting up offices or doing deals on the continent.

More shopping centres coming

At least 30 new shopping centres are expected to open their doors this year and next.

Catch-22 of noncore property investments

Weak market conditions are preventing companies from heeding the calls of eager investors to sell properties that are not core to their business.

Listed property’s hazy outlook

South African listed property is unlikely to outperform general equities by as big a margin as in previous years but there are still attractive opportunities in the sector.

Steady seas for commercial investors

Small changes in short-term interest rates are likely to affect consumer spending patterns, says Attie Anderson FNB Commercial Property Finance’s head.

Transformation in limbo

Transformation is happening very slowly in property industry and on top of this, there is a general lack of skills entering the listed and unlisted property sectors, a panel discussion at the South African Property Owners’ Association (SAPOA) International Convention said on Wednesday.

Office property market losing shine

The office property market is a long way from solving the problem of high vacancy levels, according to the latest Rode’s Report on the SA Property Market.

Unlisted funds 'would benefit' from Reit status

Investors in SA property syndicates should get some peace of mind if unlisted property funds attain real estate investment trust status later this year, says Growthpoint Properties MD Estienne de Klerk.

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