Over the last few weeks a number of listed property funds announced financial results for either 6 months or full year, here is a recap of the highlights: 

Although listed property was the best performing asset class in the South African market, giving investors 36% in total returns, the cooling off in returns is inevitable.

South Africa’s listed property sector gained 1.4% during the week ended 15 February 2013. Since the start of the year, both the listed property sector and the FTSE/JSE All Share Index have returned 3.7%, while the bond market has returned just 0.6%.

South Africa's listed property sector declined 3% last week after a sharp sell-off in the larger, more liquid companies (week ended 1 February 2013). 

South Africa’s listed property sector has started 2013 by climbing 4% in just the first three weeks of trading. The sector climbed 0.60% during the week ending 25 January 2013, despite significant rand weakness and an increase in bond yields. 

South African listed property outperformed local bonds, equities and cash in 2012. Marc Wainer, CEO of Redefine Properties, says that 2013 will be another good year for listed property but it is unlikely to match the outperformance of 2012.

All-in returns of between 10% and 15% are on the cards for the listed property sector in 2013, says Dipula Income Fund CEO Izak Petersen.

Listed property outperformed cash, bonds and equities in 2012 with total returns of 36% to become South Africa’s best performing asset class for the fourth consecutive year.

SA Listed recorded the highest total return (6.74%) of the four traditional asset classes for November 2012.

South African listed property once again ranked high among the country’s companies earning the most for shareholders. The sector featured strongly overall, with 16% of all companies performing in the top 50 over five years being listed property companies - based on share-price growth and investor returns. 

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