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Trade trends and the impact on industrial real estate
Industrial accommodation in the South African economy has seen a transition over the past few years, driven by various factors that have contributed to changes in the country’s economic make-up. We analyse the major contributing factors to the key drivers of industrial property developments over the past ten years, and the implications these have had on the industrial real estate sector. The prevailing economic conditions are examined to draw an outlook on development activity in the sector.
Cape Town Office Market Outlook Q1 2016
Over 18,000 square metres of office accommodation was taken up in Q1 2016, indicating stable levels of office demand in Cape Town. The office market saw no change in the vacancy rate of 7.2% from Q4 2015. However, vacancies declined in Grade P accommodation, while marginal increases were recorded in Grade A and Grade B properties. Oversupply may be a real concern in the short term if demand begins to slow as a result of the decline in business confidence in the economy.
Johannesburg Retail Market Outlook Q1 2016
Retail accommodation has seen a decline in vacancies in Q1 2016 (SAPOA). This coincides with further retail sales growth in the economy. The underlying question is the extent to which household consumption can continue to support the ongoing growth in the retail sector given the recent rise in inflation and interest rates.
Johannesburg Office Market Outlook Q1 2016
Given the current economic backdrop, the Johannesburg office market remains stable with no significant growth in rentals or absorptions in the quarter. Take up of office space was only as a result of movement from occupiers from one node or asset class to another, rather than new entries into the market. The continuation of supply despite muted demand is leading to an oversupply of office accommodation in the market.
Johannesburg Industrial Market Outlook Q1 2016
The retail sector has contributed to continued activity in the logistics and warehousing sector, stimulating demand for industrial accommodation. Investor confidence has grown despite economic challenges, resulting in the rise of a number of speculative developments breaking ground. Average rentals experienced a 2.8% y/y decline in the overall market in Q1 2016, with the southern and western nodes driving much of the decline. Public sector initiatives are reaffirming investor confidence in the city and businesses can look forward to improving efficiency in the city.
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Commercial Real Estate Transaction Review
According to the 2015 Commercial Real Estate Transaction Review for South Africa, the trend in commercial property investment activity has been one of managing risk and avoiding loss in the South African economy, increasing the preference to hold property as opposed to cash reserves.
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