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1 Kecia Rust Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa, a division of the FinMark Trust Considering the potential of the affordable housing market Session 4: Residential Property – the birth of a new formal asset class? The 9 th Annual IPD Property Investment Conference: Expanding Horizons 28 & 29 July 2011, Westin Grand Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa

2 2 The affordable market is: 1. The largest market in South Africa, with the most people and the most properties 2. Growing more quickly than the high value market 3. A target of growing investment

3 3 A definition Affordable market: areas where average value R properties where current value >R focus of most press reporting affordable to about 11.86% of the population The al+hdc is a partnership initiative between FinMark Trust, Urban LandMark, Eighty20, and Lightstone.

4 4 1. the largest property market in South Africa, with the most people and the most properties The affordable market is:

5 5 Market size. Market size. The majority (58%) of properties in SA are worth less than R each. Of almost 6 million residential properties on the Deeds Registry, 3.5 million are valued at less than R One million of these are in Gauteng. The Free State has the highest ratio of affordable market to high value market housing, with 83% of its properties worth less than R each. Affordable vs. High value market properties by province: all residential properties - 200, , , ,000 1,000,000 1,200,000 1,400,000 1,600,000 1,800,000 2,000,000 GAUTENG KWAZULU NATAL WESTERN CAPE EASTERN CAPE FREE STATE NORTH WEST MPUMALANGA NORTHERN CAPE LIMPOPO High value market (>R ) Affordable market properties (

6 6 At current rates, a household earning R16000 should be able to afford the repayments for a R500k mortgage. So, households earning

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8 8 Sectional title walkups & flats New, gap market Old, depressed areas Inner city & township Subdivisions Improved RDP houses R – R registered in 2010 (9% of total registrations) Targeted at about 28% of SA population So-called gap market housing. Includes some improved RDP units Banking Association estimated a backlog of over in Less than / year built since.

9 9 Where are they? Where are they? Just under half (47%) of the affordable market is found in former-black townships While townships are almost entirely affordable (townships are also home to about high value properties), they hold less than half the total number of affordable properties in the country. Other areas might be new subsidy settlements, or older property areas that have gone through a slump or have not yet gentrified. New build is also increasingly in the affordable bracket. Township properties: affordable and high-value 0.00% 10.00% 20.00% 30.00% 40.00% 50.00% 60.00% 70.00% 80.00% GAUTENG KWAZULU NATAL WESTERN CAPE EASTERN CAPE FREE STATE NORTH WEST MPUMALANGA NORTHERN CAPE LIMPOPO % of affordable market (R ) properties in townships

10 10 What tenure types? What tenure types? Very few (4%) properties in the affordable market are in Sectional Title schemes. However, 20% of all Sectional Title properties in South Africa are in the affordable market ( properties). Watch this space! Sectional Title Schemes: affordable and high value 0.00% 5.00% 10.00% 15.00% 20.00% 25.00% 30.00% 35.00% GAUTENGKWAZULU NATAL WESTERN CAPE EASTERN CAPE FREE STATENORTH WESTMPUMALANGANORTHERN CAPE LIMPOPO % of affordable market (R ) properties in Sectional Title schemes

11 11 First time buyers. First time buyers. The majority of properties in South Africa are owned by first time buyers. The percentage is much higher in the Affordable market and in low-value properties. First time buyers are new entrants into the property market – in time, they will become second and third time buyers as their equity situation improves. They are the future of the property market and represent opportunities for growth.

12 12 Primary residences. Primary residences. The majority of properties in South Africa are owned by people who do not own any other property. The proportion drops in high value market areas, especially for low-value properties. The flipside of this graph suggests investment properties. A significant proportion of low-value properties in high value areas, and over 10% of properties in Affordable market areas are owned by people who also own other properties.

13 13 2. growing more quickly than the high value market The affordable market is:

14 14 Resale market: Resale market: Most activity happening in the R700k – R1,5m market, but affordable is significant at about 38%. One quarter of resales are in R250k-R500k range.

15 New build: New build: Affordable dominates. This is the impact of the government subsidised housing programme (75% of all delivery in 2010), but also includes gap market housing: 9% of all delivery. 15

16 16 3. the target of growing investment The affordable market is:

17 The state has invested hugely in affordable areas Housing subsidies: Human Settlement conditional grant to provinces & municipalities of over R18 bn annually Bulk & link infrastructure Land packaging Top structure New towns Township renewal: 90 awards in 57 municipalities are under management to the value of R8,82 billion Transport nodes & infrastructure connecting townships to cities, links between cities 17

18 Among the big 4 banks, affordable market mortgages hover at about 30% of total book size, by number, but less than 5% by value 18

19 19 Investment & market opportunities Undersupply of affordable housing Property facilitation services Infrastructure financing & management

20 Freehold: new housing typologies Affordable market landlords see insatiable demand: inner cities, townships Employer housing opportunities Backyard & small scale rental – financing & management supoprt. Landlords collective? Rental: diverse institutional forms Land packaging through subdivisions or stands Repossessions: opportunity for densification Land, subdivisions & managed incrementalism 20 Gross undersupply of truly affordable housing Walk-ups, flats, Sectional title, employer- linked. Pitch at R3500 – R10 000, so property price from R150k

21 Estate agency & market information E-conveyancing Web technology Conveyancing Property management Home improvements, valuations, savings Franchise models Market logistics 21 Property facilitation: find the economies of scale The majority of buyers find their house by word of mouth.

22 Infrastructure New suburbs & cities Upgrading of existing areas for densification Long term financing & innovative repayment methods – toll road model 22

23 If these are the proportions, how can we not pay attention? 23

24 THANK YOU! For more information: Kecia Rust, FinMark Trust: Rob McGaffin, Urban LandMark: Hayley Ivins, Lightstone: Illana Melzer, Eighty20:


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