Affordable Land and Housing Data Centre

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Fifty-eight percent of all residential properties on South Africa’s deeds registry are valued at less than R500 000 (about US$70 000).  This is the affordable market.  The affordable housing market in South Africa includes the government subsidised housing sector, gap market housing, new and old stock. This property market services 88% of South African households. And yet, we know very little about it.

The Affordable Land and Housing Data Centre (al+hdc) is an initiative focused on the affordable property market in South Africa. Drawing deeds data from the South African deeds registry and survey data from StatsSA and other sources, the al+hdc provides information on all suburbs in South Africa where the average property price is less than R500,000. Providing data at the suburb level, the al+hdc provides insight into the purchase price, the type of buyer and seller and level of mortgage finance in this segment of the market.   Consolidated analysis includes trends, levels of churn in different areas and the average value of properties. Further, the latest research on this segment of the market can be accessed from the

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Fifty-eight percent of all residential properties on South Africa’s deeds registry are valued at less than R500 000 (about US$70 000).  This is the affordable market.  The affordable housing market in South Africa includes the government subsidised housing sector, gap market housing, new and old stock. This property market services 88% of South African households. And yet, we know very little about it.

The Affordable Land and Housing Data Centre (al+hdc) is an initiative focused on the affordable property market in South Africa. Drawing deeds data from the South African deeds registry and survey data from StatsSA and other sources, the al+hdc provides information on all suburbs in South Africa where the average property price is less than R500,000. Providing data at the suburb level, the al+hdc provides insight into the purchase price, the type of buyer and seller and level of mortgage finance in this segment of the market.   Consolidated analysis includes trends, levels of churn in different areas and the average value of properties. Further, the latest research on this segment of the market can be accessed from the website.

The al+hdc is intended for use by policy makers and regulators, researchers, students and professionals to increase understanding of this segment of the market and enable constructive policy choices; by private sector practitioners – lenders, developers, estate agents, conveyancers, and others –  to enhance product and service development for this market; as well as by households themselves so that they can better access market information and maximise the performance of their assets.

The al+hdc is a joint venture between FinMark Trust and Urban LandMark, with support from Lightstone and Eighty 20.  It has been in operation since November 2010.

For more information and access to the database, visit www.alhdc.org.za

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