Citymark: Analysis of residential property markets in South Africa’s eight metros

With support from the Cities Support Programme of National Treasury, the Citymark project undertakes analysis of South Africa’s residential property markets, with a particular focus on the lower end of the market. Utilising title deeds data obtained from Lightstone Pty Ltd, the analysis separates the market into five segments, allowing the careful examination of the differentiated performance of the entry level (under R300 000), affordable (R300 000 – R600 000), conventional (R600 000 – R900 000), high-end (R900 000 – R1.2m) and luxury (over R1.2m) markets. By merging suburb-level data from the deeds registry with StatsSA subplace data from the 2011 Census, we can undertake detailed, spatial analysis of residential property markets. Our most recent national level report, using data as of December 2021 data, is available here.

We produce separate reports on the residential property markets for each of the eight metros, with analysis of government-sponsored properties, freehold and sectional title homes, new and resale transactions, lending, first-time homebuyers. In 2022, we updated these eight individual metro reports with deeds data from June 2021. The Johannesburg, Cape Town, Nelson Mandela Bay, Buffalo City, eThekwini, Ekurhuleni, Tshwane and Mangaung reports are available.

Our most recent city-level reports were undertaken for the Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in 2022, and took a deep dive look at four intermediate urban areas in the Western Cape: George, Mossel Bay, Stellenbosch and Paarl.

Two years ago we produced three Focus Notes which explore particular topics using the 2019 title deeds data:

Our Citymark market intelligence dashboards allow users to engage with the data at metro level, by sub-place:

  • Dashboard focusing specifically on the C3 transit corridor and Durban central areas on eThekwini
  • The national overview dashboard provides data on then number of residential properties and number of transactions (new and resale) country-wide, from 2008 to 2019.
  • Our second dashboard then gives an overview of housing stock and transactions by metro, for the same period 2008-2019, and enables you to view the number and location of residential properties by market segment by metro, disaggregating by government subsidised residential properties (RDP and BNG houses) vs. non government-subsidised residential properties.
  • In the third dashboard, we focused exclusively on government-subsidised housing in the eight metropolitan municipalities: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni, Tshwane, Nelson Mandela Bay, Buffalo City, Mangaung and eThekwini—for the period 2008 to 2019.
  • Finally, our fourth dashboard is a detailed analysis of mortgage lending at metro level and presents the number and value of new, resale and total transactions with a bond at the subplace level for the eight metropolitan municipalities—for the period 2008 to 2019. In addition, we provide the total number and value of bonds outstanding.

CAHF’s work in South Africa is supported by:


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