Commercial Property Sector

Innovative commercial property finance solutions across Africa

With a banking footprint that stretches across South Africa, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia, Our dedicated teams of specialist bankers have a track record of experience across a range of property segments including retail, office, industrial, residential with a specific focus on affordable housing and specialised properties.

Our innovative financing capabilities have been developed over a 100 years of partnering with property finance professionals across Africa including investors, developers, business owners and listed clients.

We develop custom solutions to suit your business needs. Speak to us about;

  • Investment loans
  • Development loans
  • Mortgage-backed business loans
  • Islamic commercial property finance
  • Mezzanine finance

Partnering with our clients to fuel success


Committed to delivering innovative funding for ground-breaking developments

It takes partners with strong foundations to build a brighter future. We’re proud to have successfully funded the Amdec Group for the construction of Harbour Arch, a mixed-use development comprising six residential towers.


We see potential from every angle

Commercial Property Finance with a positive outlook


With the right perspective, any vision is possible

Commercial Property Finance with a positive outlook.

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

Watch now and learn more about the other major insights driving the sector.

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    Latest insights

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

    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.


    Resilience: A slow Path To Performance Recovery

    During 2020 we all experienced high levels of uncertainty affecting every aspect of our lives – the biggest driver of sentiment change came as a result of the unprecedented rapid development of vaccines, making global economic recovery a more realistic prospect for H2/2021 and onwards.


    MSCI South Africa Annual Property Index December 2020

    Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on Commercial real estate performance: What the MSCI South Africa Property Index Results show

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