Herschel Jawitz has cautiously welcomed President Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation address, which addressed most of the critical issues facing the country but not necessarily in enough detail.

Lisbon, Sydney and Moscow set to lead residential price growth in 2020.

Fourth quarter (Q4 19) statistics released by ooba, South Africa’s leading home loan comparison service, show minimal growth of 1.8% in the Average House Price year-on-year from Q4 18 to Q4 19. The Average Purchase Price of First-time Buyers performed marginally better, up 2.5% for the same period.

Delta Property Fund, a specialist black-managed and substantially black-owned REIT with a significant sovereign underpin, today reported results for the six months ended 31 August 2019 reflecting continued headwinds facing the macro-economy and the commercial office sector. 

Housing demand has continued to gain momentum since the start of the year and in the third quarter, the number of applications for home loans was at its highest level in more than three years, according to the latest statistics from BetterBond, SA’s foremost bond originator.

Despite weak economic fundamentals resulting in negative real house price growth, the banking industry continues to show confidence in South Africa’s property market by further relaxing their lending criteria and approving home loan finance at levels last seen 12 years ago.

Easing lending conditions supportive of purchasing activity.

Slight improvement in transaction volumes alongside mortgage advances.

Delivering exceptional investment performance in current market conditions is no simple task, given that uncertainty and unemployment remain critically high whilst economic growth, liquidity and interest rates remain stubbornly low.

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.

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