Strategic buying and selling tips

This calendar year, just about 50 percent of the world’s inhabitants will head to the polls to elect their new governments, which includes eight of the world’s 10 most populous countries.


“In South Africa, we can assume our have election to put the property market place into a momentary keeping sample, dragging on the delicate buyer’s current market we have been experiencing” claims Renier Kriek, managing director at Sentinel Houses.

When he advises house owners to wait right up until the finish of the yr to look at providing their house, Kriek cautions buyers to not get caught up in election fears and skip out on authentic-estate bargains.

The impact of sentiment

All marketplace behaviours are pushed by sentiment. South Africans face uncertainty all around the consequence of the election and the probability that, for the very first time in its historical past, the place will be led by a coalition government at the nationwide stage.

This makes unfavorable sentiment that is also being fuelled by the heightened and significantly populist rhetoric of competing political events. And persistent factors, like the delay in desire-charge cuts and a declining rand, only include to the doubt.

“Though we have been all hoping for a downturn in the charge cycle at Sarb’s Might or July assembly, I now doubt anything at all will take place just before September. The MPC stays hawkish and appear unlikely to transfer fascination prices down prior to the US Federal Reserve has reduced their policy price,” suggests Kriek.

That’s expected well soon after the election and these compounded problems are pushing persons to get a hold out-and-see technique, like in the buying and promoting of house.

A 1st for South Africa

All international locations with a proportional illustration electoral procedure sooner or later experience a coalition governing administration scenario. The probability of a countrywide governing coalition is therefore a sign that our political system is maturing.

This will be South Africa’s 1st coalition govt at a nationwide degree and the norms linked with this sort of a framework have in no way been firmly recognized between the political course or the voting population.

Whilst national coalitions are a indication of progress and maturity, it is most likely to guide to a lot of brief- to medium-time period noise, that is very likely to have a continuing and unpredictable effect on sentiment in all marketplaces, like the property market place.


The nearest we have to some arrangement is the Multiparty Constitution whose only function is to counter a national coalition in between the ANC and EFF.

International locations like Belgium with more mature proportional representation methods have produced the highly developed paperwork necessary to practically operate the place on autopilot, even with out a authorities. South Africa, having said that, continue to requirements to discover its footing in any coalition pacts and develop the vital protocols amid participants intent on promoting their have pursuits.

“This suggests issues will most likely be noisy and messy for some time after the election, as parties endeavor to nail down the conditions of their respective alliances,” states Kriek.

What to hope from residence

Now, it is still a buyer’s marketplace for home and it undoubtedly would not convert into a seller’s sector until eventually right after the election and a rate reduce. Right up until then, we can be expecting that residence cost expansion will stay very low. At the time the election consequence is acknowledged, and provided we have averted worst-situation situations, and the amount lower is at hand, we can expect pent-up desire for house to spill into the market and appreciably maximize demand.

In addition, weak economic development indicates sellers who can pay for to wait around need to indeed wait right until spring or summer to see if they can fetch a great value for their home relative to the market place. Winter is historically not a terrific time for selling houses in any case.

In spite of the standard temper introduced on by politics and the desire-charge cycle, the current market in the Western Cape remains buoyant and there are indicators of purchasers returning in earnest to areas like southern Gauteng and places east of Pretoria.

The good income of home traders also stays in the market, signalling that opportunities exist. Together with reduced assets rate growth, this indicates that astute buyers can however decide on up bargains although other folks wait.

“If you want to acquire, buy now and will not be set off by sentiment-driven hesitance that now prevails in the market election sentiment,” advises Kriek. “In the South African residence property current market, due to structural elements, what goes down will have to at some point appear up.”