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All I want for Christmas…by Jacques du Toit

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2015 has been a busy year for everyone. We at HomeTimes want to know what industry heavyweights are thinking about as the year draws to a close. Some are concerned about buyers, others sellers, and still others society in general. But what is it that they would like to see in their Christmas stocking for a better 2016?

Welcome to All I want for Christmas according to:

Absa Home Loans property analyst, Jacques du Toit

Jacques du Toit, property analyst at Absa Home Loans.

Jacques du Toit, property analyst at Absa Home Loans.

“My Christmas wish is for the stabilisation of conditions at some stage, both globally and locally, so the economy can start to grow. Only when we have higher growth can we expect to create more jobs. So these are some of the important factors one could hope for. What we both expect and hope for is that the economy does not go into recession but that, at worse, growth remains subdued. If we go into recession that would mean lower levels of employment and consumers being subjected to increased financial strain. For the property market, we hope that it is going to grow at a steady pace as we are currently experiencing, in terms of both sales volumes and price growth. Going into 2016, we’d like to see greater socioeconomic stability than we’ve seen over the course of 2015, which has taken the form of marches and protests.”


Alison Goldberg is the former property editor of Business Day (1985) and the Financial Mail (1991-99). In 1995 she won the Sanlam Financial Journalist of the Year Award. She has edited such titles as National Constructor and The Miner in Australia and has freelanced for The Star, The South African Jewish Report and The Jerusalem Post.

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