South Africa - Two Views of the Real Estate Market

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"The Economist" journal just lately named the South Africa real estate market as the world's greatest-performing housing market in the longer term. The magazine maintains a global house value index, and that shows a cumulative 418% rise in South Africa real estate costs over the past 12 years (2007-2009). The magazine tracks 20 different housing markets, and none have shown that degree of performance. Australia, Britain and Spain had been subsequent on the record, at 181%, 175% and 167% respectively.

Globally, one would be hard-pressed to search out areas that have not participated in the real estate and financing woes of the final three years. Nevertheless, it seems, in line with the magazine, that the South Africa real estate market is considered one of a very few that have managed to climb back into the neighborhood of the 2008 dwelling price peaks. Whereas seven of the twenty areas tracked have begun to see worth will increase, none have come back to 2008 levels. As a helpful comparison, the U.S. Case-Shiller Dwelling Value Index shows increases in 2009, but nationally costs are still down 30% or so from the 2006 peaks.

In reality, latest knowledge shows that the common South Africa dwelling worth is now roughly 1.2% higher than in 2008, a peak year. Costs are up 9.7% over the second quarter of 2009, so issues appear to have rotated for the South Africa real estate market.

All of this news appears to be discounted by some spokespeople from the South Africa real estate industry, however. While the federal government's current funds is projecting R6.5 billion in tax relief for stayinafricanhome website property buyers, the real estate business says that this isn't enough. Barry Everitt, of the Chas Everitt Worldwide property group says: "The finances doesn't comprise many direct advantages for the real estate trade, although a largely optimistic outlook could have a spin-off for the property market."

Gerhard Kotz, of the ERA SA property group, acknowledged that the minister had did not stimulate the property market. He additionally mentioned: "House worth affordability is the important thing and within the UK for example, various incentives imply that more folks with average earnings can now afford to buy their first house..." And, one dramatic suggestion comes from Tjaart van der Walt, CFO of the RealNet estate agency group in this quote: "To hurry up housing delivery, the federal government ought to make large tracts of state land available to developers free of charge."

So, even when the South Africa real estate market is doing higher than just about every other on the earth, there are those that want to see more.

Tony Osust, director:
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