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The law of relativity applied to investments


The first law of investment is that returns are relative.

Cement sales reflect poor performance in building industry


Cement sales, which have been declining since the beginning of 2007, continue to reflect the contraction in the building industry.

Latest <em>Rode’s Report on the SA Property Market</em> reveals economic strain across all sectors


With demand for offices slowing down, a moderation in rental growth in this sector is a likelihood that must be considered. This is according to the latest Rode’s Report on the state of the South African property market in the first quarter of 2009.

What the shrinking economy means to non-residential property


During the fourth quarter of 2008, real GDP contracted by nearly 2% (annualized quarter-on-quarter), and the outlook for 2009 continues to look bleak. And you had better not expect any growth in 2009.

Building-cost inflation at single-digit growth


Interesting reading regarding the overall health of the building industry has been the deceleration in building-cost inflation.

Roll on ‘expensive’ electricity


The last scheduled electricity load-shedding may have happened as far back as April 2008, but we’re not yet out of the woods, considering the thin reserve margin of Eskom – not only now but for many years into the future. This margin is so thin that it puts a ceiling of about 3% annual growth on the South African economy for about seven years to come.

Eiendom staan sterk


Groei in woonstelhuur in gebiede soos Johannesburg, Pretoria en Kaapstad het die afgelope drie jaar min of meer met verbruikersprysinflasie (9% p.j.) ooreengestem terwyl huurgeld in Durban (12% p.j.) en Port Elizabeth (11% p.j.) selfs daarin kon slaag om effens beter as inflasie te presteer.

Property still strong


Growth in flat rentals, in areas such as Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town, has for the past three years remained roughly in line with consumer price inflation (+9% p.a.) while in Durban (+12% p.a.) and Port Elizabeth (+11% p.a.) rentals even managed to marginally outperform inflation.

Rode raises red flag on industrial property


Erwin Rode of property economists Rode & Associates has urged investors to exercise caution with industrial property, particularly in the short term.

Stagflation hits building industry


An interesting observation in recent quarters has been the acceleration in building-input-cost inflation, while building-contract-cost inflation has been decelerating.