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September 2018

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Kenya ranked 53 out of 100 most transparent countries in real estate worldwide

Kenya has seen little improvement in the real estate transparency ranking. This is according to the 10th edition report dubbed Global Real Estate Transparency Index 2018 by Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL). The Sub-Saharan Africa region has seen limited advancement, with improvements led by the regional hubs – Nigeria and Kenya. Kenya was ranked under ‘semi-transparent’…Read More→


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What and who to watch out for in the real estate’s last mile of 2018

Despite election-related uncertainties, real estate registered a nine per cent growth last year, according to asset managers ICEA Lion. But what is in store for the rest of the year? 1. High-net-worth individuals to drive sales The recently-released Hass Consult half year report for 2018 indicates a renewed confidence in the housing market which is set…Read More→


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Ways of financing your real estate investment

Real estate is one of the most preferred methods of investing because not only does it provide good returns but it also cushions the investor from inflation. Despite real estate being a lucrative investment, as the old saying goes, “it takes money to make money”. Whether you are a developer or an end user, here…Read More→


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Current Real Estate Trends in Kenya & How They Affect Investors

For the past two decades, the Kenyan real estate market has grown exponentially as evidenced by its contribution to the country’s GDP which grew from 10.5% in 2000 to 12.6% in 2012 and 13.8% in 2016. The growth is driven by; 1. Infrastructural developments such as improved roads, utility connections, upgrade of key airports; 2….Read More→


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How technology can boost real estate

Real estate technology  is being redefined by the ever-changing market conditions and shifts in consumer behaviour. As Peter Williams, the  CEO Deloitte Digital, says, “Real estate agents will not be replaced by technology, but by agents with technology”. The real estate industry will not be replaced by one technological solution, but rather, the changes will be…Read More→


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Why joint ventures are the future of real estate investment in Kenya

Among the key pillars of the Jubilee Government in its second term through the Big Four Agenda is ensuring that more housing units are put up. Towards this end we have seen private public partnership projects being launched between the government and private developers. Even though this is a trend in the public sector, the…Read More→


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Real estate lessons from the organ donor systems

Nairobi’s real estate scene is slowly being reshaped by evolving cultural shifts in a new generation, influenced mainly by millennial’s desires. In the 70’s, housing estates were designed and constructed with the traditional definition of the African family structure — a man, a woman with several children living together — in mind. This influenced both…Read More→


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7 things to check before buying a house

1. Do the houses actually belong to the developer? Some developers collect money from homebuyers to acquire a property. Buyers are shown the property, they seal a deal but ownership has not been changed. This is a common practice among developers of off-plan houses who avoid bank loans to keep the costs low. These details…Read More→