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High flat vacancy rates put rentals under pressure


Investing in flats used to have the advantage that vacancies were as a rule extremely low. Not anymore.

Property valuers Rode & Associates has once again been recognised for its outstanding expertise in property valuation.


The Cape Town-based company received a total of six Diamond Arrow awards, representing 1st overall in each of six categories. In a seventh category it achieved a Golden Arrow award.

Rode & Associates receives top honours in PMR.Africa Awards


Following its recent annual national survey on property valuers in South Africa, PMR.Africa has recognised Cape Town-based property valuers Rode & Associates with seven awards, including the coveted Diamond Arrow Award (1st overall) in the four categories of Commercial & Industrial, Residential, Retail and Agricultural Valuations.

Office buildings: Some thoughts on the decentralization trend in SA


Worldwide, the tertiary or services sector of the economy -- manned to a large extent by knowledge workers -- is growing much faster than the manufacturing of goods (secondary sector) and the production of raw materials in the primary sector (agriculture and mining). South Africa is no exception, which goes a long way explaining the widening income gap between the poor and well-off. It’s all about knowledge and education.

Property sector returns still weak, but green shoots are emerging


The property market performed slightly better in the second quarter of 2018, with rentals picking up for several property types. However, the sharp fall in listed property total returns in the first six months of 2018 is probably more reflective of the bleaker state of the property market, according to the latest Rode’s Report on the SA Property Market released in July.

City of Cape Town Spatial Development Frameworks, 2012 and 2018: Evaluating the approach to spatial planning


Erwin Rode and Berchtwald Rode contemplate the last two 5-year Spatial Development Frameworks (SDFs) of the City of Cape Town and identify differences in the approach to spatial planning.

Inclusionary housing: The risks and opportunities


Erwin Rode contemplates the law of unintended consequences when inclusionary programmes are introduced in SA and comes up with some practical suggestions

Flat rentals outperform inflation – Rode Report


Amidst serious political turmoil, the South African property market ended 2017 on a better footing, with industrial property and flat rentals managing to outpace inflation. It was also a great year for listed property, which was the best-performing traditional asset class after stocks, says Kobus Lamprecht, economist with property-economists Rode & Associates.

Four-star GBCSA rating now a prerequisite for Rode’s Report Grade A+ rating


Readers of the coming Rode’s Report may notice that the publication no longer includes “location” as a determinant of grading.

Cape Town flats continue to lead in a modest rental growth market


Since 2015, Cape Town flat rentals have been outperforming their peers strongly, but are taking a breather for now, only growing by 4% over the past year. This is according to the latest Rode’s Report on the SA Property Market. Cape Town’s super rental growth since 2015 echoes the superior growth house prices have been showing in the Mother City.