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Driver of SA economy is collapsing


Over the past few decades the tertiary (services) sector of the SA economy has been growing in relative importance – as has been the case in the developed world. Anomalously, this has happened in a country where inexpensive labour should have driven the secondary sector (manufacturing) – as in Asia. The anomaly can perhaps be explained by the fact that since the 1970s, our labour has gradually become too expensive relative to Asia, and on top of that entrepreneurs have seemingly lost their appetite for risk-taking in a country where investment horizons are becoming shorter and shorter on the back of rising macro risk.

Rode & Associates receives top honours in national survey

25 May 2015

Property valuation firm Rode & Associates, has been honoured with top awards from the authoritative publication Professional Management Review (PMR.africa) in this year’s 2015 PMR.Africa rankings. The company received the Diamond Arrow Award in the Retail Valuations, Residential Valuations and Municipal Valuations categories; the Golden Arrow Award in the Agricultural Valuations and Specialised Valuations categories; as well as the Silver Arrow Award in the Commercial and Industrial Valuations category.

A tale of three cities


At the end of last year, house prices in Cape Town and Bloemfontein were accelerating, while the exact opposite was happening in Port Elizabeth – this according to the latest Rode’s Report on the SA Property Market.

Crystal-balling property’s performance


Notwithstanding passable growth in house prices during 2014, the likely direction of real prices in the medium term is still south. This is the opinion of Erwin Rode, property economist and professional valuer at Rode & Associates.

Smaller houses showing the strongest growth


Smaller houses are showing the strongest growth — this according to the latest Rode’s Report on the SA Property Market.

Rode-REIM Real Estate Conference 2014: Thought Leaders in Real Estate Investment and Education


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.

Rode-REIM Real Estate Conference 2014 to address opportunities and challenges facing the property market


With the month of July already underway, now is the time to note the following events which will be taking place in September 2014:

A few pockets of decent growth


A few premier office nodes in some of the country’s major cities are showing decent growth – this according to the latest Rode’s Report on the SA Property Market.

The pitfalls of valuing vacant developable land


The valuation of a substantial track of developable vacant land with the potential for township establishment poses special challenges to property valuers. This is so because no two such properties are identical.

Overzealous office development activity in Sandton a cause for concern


Stalled by low levels of business confidence and weak growth in employment, strong growth in the demand for office space to rent has in recent years not been forthcoming.