Good assets make great cities

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The “secondary market”, being pre-owned commercial buildings as opposed to new developments, is the focus of JLL’s annual 2017 Investment Review, covering the three commercial real estate sectors: office, retail and industrial.  It goes without saying that the real estate investment is much bigger than the transfer of existing assets, yet there is much to […]

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Are medium-sized South African businesses doing enough to align themselves with the right real estate advisor?

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Dennis Helyar, Head of Commercial Leasing at JLL SA, explains how this decision can have a real impact on your business’ bottom line. One of the biggest mistakes small to medium-sized companies make when seeking new office space is the failure to align their real estate decisions with their overall business strategy. It can have […]

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Affordable housing: new construction technology bringing costs down

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JLL Sub-Saharan Africa’s (SSA) Strategic Consulting team have been investigating the ongoing status of affordable housing in the SSA region (Article 1 and Article 2). Article 3 will focus on exploring and highlighting some new technology and innovations which are reducing construction costs impacting housing affordability across different SSA markets. While our intent is to […]

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The best ideas come from random encounters

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Amy McKenzie, Business Development at Tétris, discusses the popular trend of ‘crash spaces’ in the office. In an increasingly demanding world, where knowledge sharing is critical to performance improvement and business success, a collaborative workspace is becoming the new norm. If you’re working in a silo environment, you’re probably not interacting much and you’re keeping […]

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State Owned Enterprises – unravelling the government’s property challenges

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As the government grapples with funding shortfalls among the behemoth South African state owned enterprises (SOEs), the Ministry of Finance has been looking to sources away from the collection of tax revenues to shore up some gaping holes in the finances of the likes of Eskom. In last week’s budget the then-finance minister Malusi Gigaba […]

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JLL forecasts improved hotel sector performance for Sub-Saharan Africa in 2018

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We at JLL Sub-Saharan Africa forecast an improved hotel performance and investment climate in Sub-Saharan Africa for 2018, with the budget and midmarket segments showing the strongest demand fundamentals. Global investor interest is likely to increase with a search for yield in a long global real estate cycle, as well as demand for platform investments […]

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Critical investment lessons for the Sub-Saharan Africa hotel sector

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Allan Wantenaar, Associate at JLL’s Hotels & Hospitality Group, shares learnings from the 2017 Spotlight on Africa – Hotels Overview report that are driving a deeper understanding and more moderate approach to hospitality investment on the continent. A decade of change Was Sub-Saharan Africa ready for the past supply cycle? Ten years ago, the positive outlook […]

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Spotlight on debt lending in the African hospitality space

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James Nathan, Associate: Capital Markets, Hotel & Hospitality Group, JLL has identified that the majority of active lenders in Sub-Saharan Africa have shown an improved understanding of the fundamentals and operating structures that impact overall hotel performance. Prominent commercial, development and alternative lenders were interviewed with the aim of providing a holistic and accurate outlook […]

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