Broll Property report reveals new green shoots emerging for SA commercial property investment

The annual Broll Property Report, released this week, says downward pressure on South African GDP will place the country’s commercial property sector under pressure for the rest of this year. 

Malcolm Horne, CEO of Broll Property Group, part of the global CBRE Affiliate Network, says:  “The Broll Property Report 2013 shows the outlook for an upturn in world growth is now brighter than in 2012. However, many of South Africa’s international trading partners are experiencing little or no economic growth, in a sluggish global economy, especially the Eurozone.”

The Broll Property Report 2013, compiled by Africa’s leading property services provider Broll, considers South Africa’s commercial property market and the real estate sector in sub-Saharan Africa. It does this in context to the local economic outlook and international property market. The report also shines the spotlight on the South Africa listed property sector.

“The research in the Broll Property Report shows that landlords are likely to face a difficult year as they cope with rising costs on one hand, and an income squeeze on the other. This is exacerbated by economic conditions as well as the trend among tenants towards more efficient space use,” says Horne.

Nevertheless, adds Horne, investors are recognising that the time to re-enter the property investment sector is starting to look positive, although securing finance from banks is likely to remain a constraint.

“With the many prevailing pressures and uncertainties in this economy, access to the latest market data helps make the right property decisions,” says Horne. “The comprehensive analysis in the Broll Property Report includes helpful and clear information. The 2013 Broll Property Report is valuable tool for any property decision maker.”

For South African commercial property trends, the Broll Property Report focuses on the industrial, retail and office property sectors.

Horne says the report reveals a continued slowdown for the retail property sector. “The pressures from a persistent downward trend in real disposable income growth, weak consumer confidence and job losses are all likely to continue for the rest of 2013.”

With inflation set to remain at the upper levels of the three to six percent target range set by the Reserve Bank, the report notes that Government is likely to curb growth in its wage bill. It is also expected to contain the growth in spending because of reduced growth in tax revenue.

“Forecasts suggest slightly slower growth in household consumption spending in 2013 and durable goods sales are likely to suffer,” says Horne.

The outlook for industrial property is closely influenced by the manufacturing and mining sectors. The prognosis is for another year of lacklustre performance in these important sectors of the economy. Manufacturing and mining production decreased last year on the back of reduced demand, both locally and internationally. The mining sector was also hard hit by labour unrest and political uncertainty around the nationalisation debate.

For offices, soft demand will continue define 2013, except in popular niche nodes like the Sandton CBD.  “Downward pressure on rentals and increasing operating costs continue to challenge the sector,” says Horne. 

Horne explains that Broll’s ability to cross-reference information from its enormous database, compiled from years of experience and exacting market research, enables it to provide unique, cost-effective solutions for our clients. Broll is also able to produce valuable research like the annual Broll Property Report.

“We strive to provide knowledge-based research which adds value to our clients’ assets and portfolios, empowering them to make well informed decisions and to improve their investment performance,” says Horne. “The Broll Property Report 2013 is a powerful tool to boost commercial property performance to new heights.”

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