Petrol price hike's effect on the property market

Apr 28, 2017 7:02:06 PM Share this:

Recent data from the Department of Energy pointing to a petrol price hike of around 55 cents a litre, and diesel costs increasing by approximately 39 c/l has a definite influence on the economy. Despite the property market being seen as a long term investment and to a large extent resilient to short term economic fluctuations the rental market can often be susceptible to market instability and price hikes.


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Fuel price decrease will impact rental property market.

Aug 1, 2016 7:46:12 PM Share this:

The drop in fuel prices set to happen this coming Wednesday is a welcome relief for many cash strapped consumers and businesses.

Fuel price decreases translate into a reduction in transport costs which means the price of household expenses are also reduced – such as food and transport costs. The same applies to businesses who are affected by high transport costs, they are set to experience an ease in expenses across an array of categories.

The for sale property market is not usually susceptible to short term changes like fuel price increases and decreases, however the rental property market might be more vulnerable to these fluctuations. Studies in the past have indicated the price of fuel is a major factor taken into consideration when future tenants are deciding on areas to rent.

As fuel prices increase the demand for rental properties close to business districts, schools and amenities also increase in an attempt to curb excessive transport costs.

Similarly with the price of fuel coming down South Africans will have more expendable income and might look to more expensive areas as well as consider a wider geographic region.

However, as the Rand continues to make gains against the dollar and international petrol prices remain low South Africans will undoubtedly benefit and we should make use of this breather to help buffer us against any financial uncertainty over the coming months by saving, investing or paying off debt faster.

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Topics: Household Expenses, High Transport Costs, Cash Strapped Consumers, Demand For Rental Properties, Expendable Income, Petrol Price, Rental Market