SA’s housing market got off to a shaky start this year, with buying activity reportedly at three-year lows. So when Covid-19 hit the country’s shores in March, most commentators expected residential property sales and prices to fall off a cliff.

That didn’t happen. The housing market has staged a remarkable recovery since June, when lockdown restrictions were eased. In recent months, to the astonishment of many, estate agents and mortgage originators have been reporting record sales numbers...

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