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JLL’s overview of South Africa’s main office, industrial and retail markets lends perspective amidst the current political uncertainty and challenging economic conditions.

Real estate consulting firm, JLL SSA, has released its 2016 Investment Review of the South African property market with analysis reporting a R28.8bn increase in investment (from 18,5bn in 2015), and a similar 52.8% increase in gross lettable area (2 million square metres).

The recent protests at universities and colleges across SA have caused many to question the wisdom of investing in student accommodation - but it still remains a highly attractive option provided you buy the right kind of property in the right location, says Bill Rawson, chairman of the Rawson Property Group.

Following extensive industry consultation, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is tightening up requirements for RICS professionals and regulated firms working in the land, property and construction sector, with the publication of a new global professional statement on conflicts of interest.

Investment grade hotel assets on the continent are traditionally tightly held due to the dominance of owner operators, high net worth individuals and family offices.

Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated (NYSE: JLL) today reported diversified revenue increases for the full year and fourth quarter of 2016.

Nairobi has ranked 10th in JLL’s fourth annual City Momentum Index (CMI) of the world’s most dynamic cities. It is the only metropolitan in Africa to be listed in the Global Top 30 of the world’s fastest-changing cities. 

Echo Polska Properties NV (EPP) today announced the conclusion of a preliminary agreement to acquire four retail assets located across Poland from real estate funds managed by Blackstone.

Redefine International (“Redefine International” or the “Company”), the opportunistic income focused FTSE 250 UK-REIT, has let 1,022 sqm (11,000 sq ft) at City Point, Leeds to Blacks Solicitors LLP, bringing the office asset, which was acquired as part of the AUK portfolio in March 2016, to full occupancy.

Landlords in the burgeoning office hub of Rosebank are not shy to charge premium-grade office tenants top-end rentals, given the demand for space in the district.

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