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• The value of commercial property transactions considerably improved by 61% in 2013, totalling R28,9 billion from R18 billion in 2012.• All provinces showed strong gains in transaction activity, with cross border activity experiencing the largest improvement with 190% increase in sales followed by KwaZulu-Natal with 161% increase in sales. • Quality of assets transacted between funds improved, although attributed to a few select funds who dominated acquisitions of large prime assets. • As much as funds are increasing acquisition of existing commercial real assets, heightened investment activity is also evident in the new stock, particularly in prime areas where some existing assets are redeveloped to better quality assets. • Investment activity is likely to continue robustly in 2014 but for lesser quality assets that are vacated by corporates that have consolidated into newer quality buildings. However, the cost of funding is likely to have a negative impact on the acquisition activity, particularly for smaller funds that need to build superior portfolios.
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10 April 2014