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2020 South Africa Rental Market Prediction (It’s Booming)

“The housing market is crashing.”

“You won’t be able to find investors.”

“COVID-19 is going to make real estate investment impossible.”

These are all myths I heard this year about real estate investment. And I’m happy to tell you they’re just that- myths.

Despite popular belief- even predictions by so-called real estate “experts”- I have acquired new investors, facilitated several property transactions and made tens of thousands of rands since the coronavirus came to South Africa. Business has been booming.

And I’m not the only one!

TPN, South Africa’s leading credit bureau specialising in the property market, recently released a comprehensive rental analysis report for Gauteng. Their report found that:

  • 37% of South Africans rent

  • The average purchase price of both sectional title and full title properties has been steadily increasing since 2009

  • 67% of renters pay on time

  • The amount of full title properties on the market has remained steady at 40,000 since 2015

  • The amount of investment properties has stayed the same since 2009

  • The average ROI for sectional title property has remained at 11% since 2015

  • Rental prices for properties with less than 2 bedrooms has steadily increased since 2018 (which is why one-bedroom apartments are the best investment)

These statistics were further proven to be true when Michelle Dickens, Managing Director and Co-Founder of TPN, gave a presentation at our recent Virtual Real Estate Summit. If you missed the summit, you can still get lifetime access to the amazing content by purchasing an Advance or Premium pass here!

In her talk, Michelle showed how to use TPN’s online tenant monitoring system and property analytics portal to show that:

  • For the entire year of 2020, renters have scored an A, B, or C rating on their system, meaning they are quality renters in good standing paying on time

  • During lockdown, investors were able to take on more high quality tenants

  • Properties in Gauteng have a 2% higher gross yield than those in the Western Cape

So what does this tell us?

It tells us that the real estate industry is consistent, resilient and a fantastic industry to invest in.

The major rental market predictions for South Africa in 2020 include:

  1. The market will remain a buyer’s market

  2. Millennials are interested in buy-to-let properties

  3. House price inflation will remain below 1%

  4. Demand for sectional title living will increase

  5. The cost of rent will continue to increase

  6. Demand will skyrocket for properties below R2 million

  7. Technology will continue to help investors make informed and successful investments

If you take only one thing away from this article, let it be this: Don’t listen to the haters. The real estate industry is booming. TPN’s stats speak for themselves!

You can start a career in real estate investment today- yes, during a pandemic!- and profit. All you need is sound strategy, mentorship and the determination to achieve financial freedom.

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