Firm unveils Sh22 billion real estate project in Kajiado

Cretum Properties on Tuesday launched a Sh22.7 billion real estate known as Green Isinya City. The office blocks, maisonettes, schools, high end eateries and police stations will sit on 1,000 acres in More »

All invited for the Kenya Homes Expo October 2014

The Kenya homes expo is set to be big this time round celebrating a decade since its inception. the 20th Kenya Homes expo is set to open at the Kenyatta International Conference More »

Nairobi’s priciest home up for sale at Sh565 million

Set on a ten-acre estate, the Hogmead residence is now one of the priciest commodities in Kenya’s residential property market, confirming the growing status of Kenya as a prime real estate location More »

Kenya ranked as the most improved real estate market globally

The Global Real Estate Transparency Index ranked Kenya top among 14 most improved countries in real estate transparency globally. The Index by consultancy firm Jones Lang LaSalle Index uses a combination of More »

Finding a home in Kenya just got easier.

Property Leo recently launched a new website. The highly responsive, retina ready and dynamic website was done by the Jengaweb Team. The website which took quite a number of man and ‘woman’ More »

 

Naivasha’s Buffalo Mall Now Reports 95% Occupancy

Buffalo Mall, Naivasha’s biggest shopping mall has now leased 95% of the mall. Kenya’s  top brands have already taken their place in the Mall. The developers are already set on a strategy to target Kenya’s Secondary Cities. The phase one of the mall was already complete on November last year only eleven months after construction started.

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The developers have expressed satisfaction with the ongoing construction progress and quality of delivery on site and so far phase one has attracted different leading brands in Kenya.  Phase two has already attracted  an array of Kenya’s leading brands with more than 20% leased with a considerable expression of interest having been received for the balance of areas. This level of interest on provision of truly standard modern retail facilities in Kenya’s secondary cities is long overdue and hence the need for this level of interest.

New Housing index out as Nairobi property market slows.

The bankers’ lobby group will today unveil a housing price index, promising to give the property market a tool to analyse factors that inform price movements.The Kenya Bankers’ Association first announced the index last September. The lobby says the index will track changes in overall prices and property specifications.

KBA hopes the index will form a key source of information for policy makers moving forward.“The KBA Housing Price Index will supplement the consumer price index and private sector credit data on which the Central Bank relies to formulate its monetary policy,” KBA said in a press invite yesterday.

Reits best real estate bet for low income earners

Real estate investment trusts (Reits) have featured prominently in business news since the Capital Markets (Real Estate Investment Trusts and Collective Investment Schemes) Regulations came to effect last year. Among their benefits is the entry of low-income earners into real estate investment.

For low-income earners, investment in real estate has been elusive. While the sector has high returns on investment, its capital demands are limiting. Many investors rely on loans from financial institutions while others exploit avenues such as joint venture agreements for financing. Bank loans, outweighing other sources of income, have their shortcomings. Lenders will ask for security for the loan, a requirement many low-income earners may not easily meet. The interest rates are also discouraging.

Builders told to seek power connections early

Electricity vendor Kenya Power has requested property developers to apply for connections as soon as their building plans are approved to ensure faster delivery. When demanding for power connections after construction is completed, developers usually have to await for at least nine months, according to managing director Ben Chumo.

Builders whose electricity lines need transformers will be better off seeking connections as soon as they break ground for construction, he said. Kenya Power is at the juncture carrying out a project to take electricity closer to potential customers, which will help new properties get the utility sooner.

Upper Hill, Kilimani among most expensive in Nairobi

For a long time trading in gold was seen as a sure-fire way to make money but today’s investors are looking at the ground beneath their feet to get them hefty returns.According to an article done by Hass Consult titled, Urban Land rises as Kenya’s gold standard,  land in Nairobi now offers a lot more financial gain than gold, property, livestock and oil.

“From 2007, land prices have magnified five-fold,” says Ms. Sakina Hassanali, head of research and marketing at Hass Consult.

The article, which is the first land index to be unveiled in the country, also revealed that buying land in Nairobi is out of reach for many individuals and this has forced them to look further afield when it comes to buying land.

Firm plans 387-acre housing estate in Limuru

The plan by Red Coral Properties Limited will see 3,304 housing units built on 172 acres of land and development of commercial and retail space done on 39 acres. Also in the plan are 17 light industrial developments, particularly warehouses and logistics facilities.

The company will be designing middle and upper class buyers and is counting on the proximity of the property to Nairobi to attract a market. The estate will be designated along such other developments in Kiambu that have taken advantage of huge parcels of land previously used for farming.

Apartments sprout in affluent neighbourhoods.

Property owners in leafy Nairobi suburbs are taking down stand-alone houses and replacing them with higher density apartments targeted at the luxury market.According to Villa Care chief executive, affluent Kenyans and expatriates are the main driver of demand in locations such as Lavington and Karen.

“Prices of land and the unavailability,are the reasons why many buyers continue to prefer buying apartments,” Ojijo said.Developers are not economizing on space or finishing, and are equipping the apartments with amenities such as saunas, swimming pools, gyms, clubhouses, manicured gardens, Jacuzzi’s, basketball courts and jogging tracks.

Authority halts constructions in bid to rid city of unsafe buildings.

Various property developers in Nairobi have been ordered to stop construction of commercial buildings for failing to meet government regulations.

In a campaign that launched on Friday to ensure developers met the regulations, the National Construction Authority (NCA) found out that cowboy contractors were involved in construction work.

The two-month campaign came in the wake of collapse of buildings in Nairobi, the latest which involved a seven-storey building in Huruma area, barely two weeks after a similar incident in Makongeni.

“All buildings should be a constructed by an authorized contractor who is under National Construction Authority,” said NCA Senior Investigator Chrispus Ddinyo, who led a team of colleagues on a tour of Thika Road neighborhoods where the campaign was launched.

Kenya government to earn Sh7b windfall with new Capital Gains Tax.

The Government expects to earn Sh7 billion over the next six months from Capital Gains Tax which comes into effect from January 1, 2015.
This comes as the revenue office lifts a 30-year-long suspension on taxing gains made from the transfer of property and securities, a move that has caused disquiet in some quarters. “Kenya cannot hope to enhance tax mobilisation and improve tax productivity as long as fiscal policy continues to shield high growth sectors from taxation,” said John Njiraini, KRA Commissioner General.

Real estate developer Home Afrika eyes counties

Property developer Home Afrika is planning to make multi-billion shillings investments in what it said are mega housing projects across different counties in its bid to tap into the county system of government.

The firm is embarking on a county focused strategy dubbed ‘Go County’ revolving around the devolved system in Kenya. The firm said it expects to play a part in the decongestion of major urban areas by developing alternative satellite cities across Kenya.

In the plan, the developer hopes to capture the middle and low income market segments that it notes have largely remained neglected by current market players.

Already Home Africa has three real estate projects in counties outside Nairobi and said it has lined up investments in other counties, namely Lakeview Heights in Kisumu County, Llango in Kwale County and the multi-billion Migaa project that is under construction in Kiambu County.