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Smaller property funds offer bigger returns, says experts

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

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.

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.

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.

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