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Housing markets are incredibly important, not only due to the importance of formal housing to citizens’ well-being, but also due to the huge amounts of mortgage debt associated with them, and the various risks that this can pose to financial system and economic stability. The

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Johannesburg’s Soweto region (Diepkloof-Soweto-Meadowlands-Pimville) has been the city’s star performer, with a five-year cumulative house price growth rate of 37.35%. Sandton, however, has only inflated 22.66% since early 2012. This is according to FNB’s household market strategist, John Loos, who said the “former township” regions can

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If suburbs with lower crime rates are more attractive to property buyers and tenants, and can attract higher sale and rental prices, why is Western Cape property some of the most expensive in the country? According to property data analytics company, Lightstone - which used crime

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While Gauteng’s gross outflow of repeat home buyers to other provinces stood at 16% in 2016, it only attracted 6.9% of incoming repeat home buyers from other regions. This means its net outflow of repeat home buyers was 9.1% - up significantly from 2.9% in

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The Western Cape is better at attracting the older repeat buyer skilled population while Gauteng is a better draw card for younger skills who become first-time home buyers. This is the highly plausible assumption made by John Loos, FNB’s household sector strategist, using provincial outmigration and

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National house price inflation is 3.4% as at the end of December 2016. This is according to property data analysts, Lightstone Property, which said that the overall picture at provincial level it was evident the market had been slowing down over recent months, and that

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National rental inflation is currently sitting between 2.89% and 6.4%, according to TPN Credit Bureau and PayProp Group. Regionally, the Western Cape's rental inflation (12.13%) is almost four times higher than Gauteng's (3.23%), according to TPN. While landlords need to keep trend with national and regional

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The average residential rental in South Africa has remained above the R6,500 level in the third quarter, currently at R6,508, but has shown no movement since the previous quarter (ending in June 2015). This is according to data from PayProp. “Long-term, year-on-year growth in rentals has

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