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Rode-REIM Real Estate Conference 2014
Rode - South Africa
The annual Real Estate Investor Conference will be jointly hosted by Rode and REIM this year and will take place in September in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. Whether you are a beginner or seasoned market participant, Rode and REIM bring together the latest world and SA trends, education and thought leadership on real estate and investment. By attending Rode-REIM Real Estate Conference you will learn:

  • How the SA and world economies are performing
  • Prospects for property in uncertain times
  • Which are the best performing markets
  • New emerging world trends in the market
  • How to invest in these new markets
  • A new form of financing real estate
  • What the global approach is to real estate investing
  • Lessons from sectional title
  • How to raise funds and list a company 


New Electronic Deeds Registration Bill promises relief
IolProperty - South Africa
The Electronic Deeds Registration Bill would speed up the registration of property, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti said on Friday. 'The electronic system we plan to implement through the Electronic Deeds Registration Bill will allow us to achieve universal, countrywide access to deeds registration and surveyor-general's services,' Nkwinti said at a workshop on land reform and ownership in Joburg.

'It will decrease turnaround time for approval and registration of property.'

Housing Review - 3rd Quarter 2014
Absa - South Africa
The property market

The residential property market will continue to be driven by economic growth, employment and household income growth, property running costs and living costs in general, interest rates, consumers’ credit-risk profiles, banks’ risk appetite and lending criteria and consumer confidence. These factors will affect the affordability of housing and mortgage finance, which will be evident in trends in property demand and supply, property prices, market activity, buying patterns, transaction volumes and the demand for mortgage finance.

Taking account of trends in and prospects for the economy and household finances, as well as house price growth in the first half of the year, single-digit nominal price growth is set to continue during the remainder of 2014 and in 2015. Real house price growth will be the result of the combined effect of nominal price trends and inflation, with only marginal real price inflation projected for this year and next year.
Housing Review 2014 Q3

South African residential property increasingly seen as a safe haven asset
Rawson - South Africa
Something that impressed him greatly on his recent return from a trip to the UK, says Bill Rawson, Chairman of the Rawson Property Group, was the way in which investors in recent months have swung back to property, seeing it as a safe haven in unstable economic times. “When I discussed these trends with people in South Africa,” said Rawson, “the question I am often asked is, ‘Do the figures and returns justify this resurgence in property assets?’”

His reply, said Rawson, is always ‘yes’.

Between the year 2000 and today the average ‘nominal’ house price in South Africa increased from ± R300,000 to ± R1,200,000 — a 400% rise. During the same period South Africa’s inflation rate eroded the value of money by approximately 208%, i.e. R1 million in 2000 is now worth R2,080,000. Property has, therefore, been an asset class that has kept well ahead of inflation.

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