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Commercial Real Estate Transaction Review - South Africa - March 2016

The latest research from JLL South Africa shows that the trend in commercial property investment activity in South Africa in the past year 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.

While R18.5 billion was invested in various types of commercial real estate in 2015, it is likely that more could have been invested had more properties been available. As in 2014, asset holders have continued to retain valuable accommodation, starving the market of prime quality investments. However, with the rising inflationary environment eroding the value of cash reserves, businesses showed a willingness to invest in lower quality accommodation, accepting what was available in the market at the benefit of slightly higher yields.

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