First quarter oobarometer statistics released by ooba, South Africa’s foremost home loan comparison service, show continued robust growth in the residential property sector despite a year dominated by the Covid-19 pandemic and the ensuing economic fallout.   

So asks Dr Andrew Golding, chief executive of the Pam Golding Property group.

The property market is holding steady in challenging times, with the lower end of the market accounting for the bulk of home loan applications.

Thursday, 23 January 2020 19:28

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Bondspark CEO, Marcel du Toit says that there are several reasons behind the overall improvement of the local property sector this quarter.

Credit and mortgage balances in the first half of 2019, with divergent home loan repayment patterns evident across household income categories up to mid-2019.

Buying a new home continues to become more affordable as weakening housing demand results in ongoing negative real price growth (after inflation) in the residential property market.

2018 was a challenging year for the South African property market, with negative real price growth in the residential property market and slowing market activity.

Monday, 10 December 2018 23:01

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It was recently announced that South Africa is in a technical recession, and although it sounds daunting to buy a house during a recession, it might be the perfect time to do so.

Third quarter (Q3 18) statistics released by ooba, South Africa’s leading home loan originator, show that year-on-year from Q3 17 to Q3 18, the growth in the Average Purchase Price effectively remained static with a 0.1% increase. This continues the trend of negative real price growth (growth less inflation) in the residential property market.

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