Investing in a commercial property joint venture

Long since regarded as a good bet, investing in commercial property can yield substantial returns over a number of years. Unlike with residential property, a commercial investment is usually paid off within ten years and once the property is paid off and occupied by long-term tenants, the property owner can start investing in more properties. As a would-be property mogul, it’s important to do thorough research on the potential investment and...
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Property rewarding for astute investors, but note the warning label

Owen Holland, Business Partners property investment general manager, understands why business owners who find themselves in the harvesting stage of their careers often look to the property industry to invest their surplus income. It is one of the few industries which allows for a certain degree of passive return on investment. Any other business, from a coffee shop to a consultancy, requires a huge amount of blood, sweat and tears before it start...
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In property, there is an upside to a downturn

While the passion for property investments gets him up in the morning, it also occasionally keeps him up at night as well. But the best part is the satisfaction of taking something that is broken, fixing it, creating jobs and boosting the local community and the wider economy. Gary Gould Unity Properties If you play your cards right, the property market is one of those industries where you can do good business both on the gentle upward slopes of...
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It’s a tenant’s market, but not much to smile about

Given the current conditions of the South African business property market, tenants should be smiling, but the underlying cause is the lacklustre economy which tends to spread its misery to both landlord and tenant. Gerrie van Biljon, executive director of Business Partners, describes the South African business property scene as very much a tenant's market: there is a general over-supply of retail, industrial and especially office space on the ma...
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SA commercial property remains safe haven for cautious investors in 2014

Quality commercial and industrial properties in South Africa will continue to boast yields comparative to most other investment classes in the near future, despite the market remaining as flat as it has over the past five years. This is according to Gerrie van Biljon, Executive Director at Business Partners Limited, who says that the company, which oversees a property portfolio of nearly R1 billion, is optimistic about the property market as an i...
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