South African REITs (real estate investment trusts) have once again excelled among the country’s top companies earning the most wealth and value for shareholders.

2nd Quarter 2019 StatsSA employment data for the Finance, Real Estate and Business Services Sector suggests likely slowing demand for office space.

Operating conditions may remain challenging but JSE-listed diversified Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) Redefine Properties (JSE: RDF) continues to execute long-term strategic thinking and efficient management of its property portfolio to deliver sustained returns and value.

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, continue to show a mild “outperformance” in terms of house price growth, relative to the overall national market.

Rising municipal rates and taxes is a hot-button issue - one that negatively affects, not only operating costs and gross rentals, but also makes demand on property management resources.

In January 2018, the FNB House Price Index showed a slowing in year-on-year growth compared with the revised December 2017 rate. This comes after some prior months of accelerating year-on-year growth.

South Africa’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 0.2% in the third quarter of 2016, Statistics South Africa’s Joe de Beer said on Tuesday.

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) Deputy Director-General Joe de Beer says the country’s headline figure, the real gross domestic product (GDP), grew by 3.3% in the second quarter of 2016.

JSE-listed diversified real estate investment trust Redefine Properties (JSE: RDF) has successfully raised Euro 150 million through the launch of a five year exchangeable bond programme to be listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, with the proceeds to be used in part settlement of the bridge facility used to fund its recent investment into Poland.

June Retail Building Statistics complete the 2nd quarter building picture, and pointed to a still-brisk pace of Retail Space building activity for the 2nd quarter as a whole.

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