Commercial Property Sector

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Developing and investing in commercial and residential property requires a specialist focus, honed expertise and the right financial partners.







Thoughts from our leaders

Commercial Property is fundamental to the fabric and growth of any economy. It has been and will remain a fundamentally attractive asset class for investors and developers to generate compelling long-term investment returns, through the cycle.

Our team of multi-disciplinary experts continually assess markets and monitor risks, advising clients using a data-driven approach to identify real supply-demand imbalances that present opportunities.

We work closely with our clients to tailor the ideal funding structure for their commercial property investment and development needs – from expanding infrastructure to acquiring or replacing assets and financing projects.

Klaus-Dieter Kaempfer

Head: Commercial Property Finance

Partnering with our clients to fuel success

The South African commercial property sector remained resilient in the face of
the COVID-19 induced economic downturn.

Latest insights

Data-driven analysis on the latest markets trends that drive supply and demand.


Thoughts from our leaders

Despite the challenging economic environment experienced over the last three years, there is still optimism in the East African property markets, which offer some exciting potential for patient investors, particularly in sectors such Light Industrial, Housing and Student Accommodation.

Commercial Property Insights

East African property is on the rise

Despite the challenging economic environment experienced over the last three years, the East African property market is one that appears to be offering some exciting potential for patient investors. While Emerging Market property faces certain headwinds including inflationary pressures, rising global interest rates and liquidity squeezes, there are reasons to feel optimistic about the sector as a whole.


Expanding skywards requires growth experts

Future-proof organisation need sustainable solutions. This is why we’re proud to sponsor this year’s The East Africa Property Investment (EAPI) Summit. This year’s event marks the first in-person conference of industry leaders in two and a half years. It’ll feature keynote addresses, interactive panel discussions, case studies and formal and informal networking opportunities.

Commercial Property Insights

2021 MSCI South Africa Annual Property Index returns show the sector recovered to a positive return of 5.3%

The IMF’s January 2022 World Economic Outlook forecasts global growth to moderate from an estimated 5.9% in 2021 to 4.4% and 3.8% in 2022 and 2023, respectively. This outlook was produced early in the first quarter and had not accounted for the outbreak of the conflict between Russian and Ukraine. The IMF further forecasts South Africa’s economic growth to decrease from 4.9% to 1.9% from 2021 to 2022 and to further decline to 1.4% in 2023. However, Absa Economic Research Unit forecasts moderately higher expectations with growth of 2.1% in 2022 and 1.7% in 2023.


2021 Property Sector Performance

Klaus-Dieter Kaempfer, Head Commercial Property Finance at Absa discusses the property sector's 2021 performance and the industry's outlook.


Covid-19’s impact on the property market

Klaus-Dieter Kaempfer, Head of Absa's Commercial Property Finance and Equity Investments Business unpacks the differentiated impact of Covid-19 on the property market. The year 2020 took a devastating toll on the commercial property sector, however, it remains resilient with rental collections improving and vacancies stabilizing. The sector is slowly but surely returning back to life.

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