On a national average basis, a continuation of the gradual rise in average time of homes on the market prior to sales points to a housing market moving away from equilibrium, and into a space where supply exceeds demand.

Periods of strong housing market price growth can often be a cause for concern.. 

The FNB Holiday Towns House Price Index, comprising towns (both coastal and inland) whose housing markets are deemed to be strongly driven by holiday home demand, has had a reasonably good run since around 2013.

Recently, there have been hints emanating from our FNB Estate Agent Survey that foreigner demand for local residential properties may be declining.

It is important to understand that, due to significant resistance by home sellers to house price declines, in times of economic and residential demand slowdown the residential market can often move away from market equilibrium price.

Our 1st quarter 2017 Gauteng Sub-Regional House Price Indices show mediocrity in terms of house price performance to be widespread.

Examining the FNB House Price Indices for the country’s major regions, slowing price growth in the country’s recent star performing region, the Western Cape, continued in the 1st quarter of 2017.

Estimated 1st time buyer percentage sees a rise for the 2nd successive quarter.

In the 4th Quarter 2016 FNB Estate Agent Survey, buy-to-Let demand was a little slower than the prior quarter, keeping the level of recent years “moderate” by pre-2008 boom time standards, and our estimates point to little in the way of growth in secondary property ownership.

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