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What is the current state of the South African housing market?

Like most countries, the South African housing market is shaped by a variety of political, economic and social factors.

Shortage of affordable housing

South Africa unfortunately has a large informal housing sector, currently more than 20% of the population. The South African government has been implementing various initiatives to address this issue, such as the Breaking New Ground policy, which has the main goal to provide affordable housing to the lower income earners. With little success, housing still remains a problem to a big part in South Africa.

Housing Market Growth in South Africa

The current state of the South African Housing Market is not all bad. A real estate market analysis shows an expected growth at a CAGR of greater than 9% during the forecast period of 2022 – 2027.

The new data from Stats SA shows that building plans passed for residential developments in the Western Cape have increased by 22.2% year-on-year to a value of R15.4 billion in 2022. While building plans passed for residential developments in Gauteng have decreased by 13.5% year-on-year.

Despite the lack of demand in some provinces in the country, the market for residential developments in South Africa as a whole is moving in a positive direction, showing a year-on-year increase of 4.4% in building plans passed to a value of R46.6 billion in 2022.

While completed projects have increased by 14.4% to a value of R25.9 billion.


With ups and downs in the South African housing market, buyers need to understand where the best places is to buy in South Africa by analysing trends in certain areas and trying to predict what the future entails when investing in those areas.

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