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Are Smart Cities a clever idea?

Are Smart Cities a clever idea?

One of the phrases we are hearing more and more lately – is the term “Smart City”. What is a Smart City and what does this mean for the future of South African urban development? From the State of the Nation Address 2020, we know that President Ramaphosa sees Smart Cities as a real way […]

How did Covid-19 Impact Commercial Property as an Asset Class?

How did Covid-19 Impact Commercial Property as an Asset Class?

As we discussed in our previous post, the residential property sector has proven remarkably resilient in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic and associated economic fallout, probably largely as a result of historically low interest rates. However, to a large degree, attempts to understand the impact of the virus on the Commercial Property Sector Asset […]

South African Residential Market Proves More Resilient than Thought

South African Residential Market Proves More Resilient than Thought

In July, we speculated about who might benefit from historically low interest rates. Since then, sales results have shown that South African property buyers have taken advantage of the situation, with the FNB House Index revealing that annual house prices were more resilient to the fallout from Covid-19 than many in the industry anticipated. To […]

Who Will Benefit from Low Interest Rates?

Who Will Benefit from Low Interest Rates?

Interest rates in South Africa are at an historic low as the Reserve Bank tries to get the economy going in the face of Covid-19. Which South Africans are most likely to benefit – and which sectors of the property market will this affect? It’s clear that anyone who relies on a fixed income or […]

Are you a Doer or an Interrupter?

Are you a Doer or an Interrupter?

There is an old Chinese Proverb which says “Let the one who says it cannot be done, not interrupt the one who is doing it”. Many of us watched with apprehension as a very uncomfortable Tito Mboweni delivered his 24 June updated budget speech. I certainly felt more nervous for him than the content of […]

What’s Next? Post-COVID Commercial Property Trends to Watch

What’s Next? Post-COVID Commercial Property Trends to Watch

Throughout the crisis caused by the novel coronavirus, South Africa has had the benefit of learning from the experience of other countries. We look at some of the emerging post-COVID trends in property markets around the world. Overall, property has taken a beating this year. The first quarter of 2020, which coincided with the spread […]

Commercial Property Brokers: Life In Lockdown

Commercial Property Brokers: Life In Lockdown

Commercial Exchange director Lisa Crossley and our head of operations, Jenny Carazzo, talk about life in lockdown. Lisa: The first thing that happened was to move our weekly Monday meetings to Skype and for the first time ever – they started promptly at 8 am. We also decided to introduce an operational meeting on Friday […]

Coronavirus in the Real Estate Environment

Coronavirus in the Real Estate Environment

Where Tenants, Landlords and Government Meet to Rewrite the Rules COVID-19 has dealt most industries a heavy blow. Real estate is probably one of the most significantly affected of those, with property shares dropping at approximately 50% across the board locally – and that’s after extended declines in share prices in the last 3 years. […]

Our New World: Commercial Property Opportunities Post COVID-19

Our New World: Commercial Property Opportunities Post COVID-19

Where others see obstacles, we see opportunities. COVID-19 is a crisis that is set to change everything about the way we live in the world. The commercial property sector is no different – and investors should be taking this into consideration when planning their next move. COVID-19 has highlighted the value of flexible office space […]


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