Category Archives: Home ownership in Kenya

Estate agent unveils Kenya’s first interactive touch screen window display

There is a new technology in town, one that transforms a window’s glass surface into a touch screen, the latest technology in touch sensitive display.

According to the American estate agency firm that has invested in this technology, this interactive window is making property searches and market information easier and more accessible, since clients can get the information they need even after office hours.

The firm, Coldwel Banker, recently launched the technology in Kenya as its first entry point into Africa.

It is enabled by a projection foil which is applied directly to a glass surface, for instance a window, and a projector mounted from behind to make an interactive projection display.

“This demonstrates the new level of advances in technology that Coldwell Banker, Kenya, is bringing to the East African real estate sector, with innovation that spans into real estate management systems, marketing tools and activities, and customer-centric services,” noted Ms Daniella Callaway, the managing director of the firm.

Real estate is where wealth will grow in 2016, says firm in report

Real estate is the best investment option this year even though politics will play a major role in determining returns from other key sectors.

Cytonn Investments 2016 Outlook Report released in Nairobi on Monday says local and foreign investors will continue reaping handsome returns since growth of the middle class and continued urbanisation create a growing demand for both residential and commercial developments across the country.

Cytonns is a real estate investments company that currently manages a Sh4 billion asset portfolio and has ongoing projects worth Sh50 billion.

The Cytonn investments manager, Mr Maurice Oduor, expressed optimism that if Kenya keeps politics out of development and business matters, a 5.5 per cent to 6.5 per cent growth is achievable.

“It is only President Uhuru (Kenyatta) and Deputy President William Ruto, who are politicians, while the rest are purely civil servants whose task is to deliver services to fellow Kenyans,” he said.

Chinese property developer pressing on with an upmarket holiday resort project in Kenya

Sultan palace Development Limited, a Jiangxi Xinyu Real Estate Development hopes for beach retreat. The property developer is working on a holiday resort project in Kenya’s coastal town of Kikambala which is about thirty minutes drive from Mombasa, one of Kenya’s biggest tourist resorts. Despite the travel advisory imposed on some areas in the Country by some other Countries, the project is still taking shape fast.

Although the tourists frequenting Kenya’s coast number has declined recently due to security concerns, the company says there is no reason as to why the country can loose on projects like these affecting the market, especially with the standard gauge railway set to be completed in 2017. The line once complete will shorten the journey times between Nairobi and Mombasa as the country’s middle class continues to grow. The line is as well expected to fuel a boom in domestic tourism.

Currently it takes at least 19 hours to travel between the two cities, however, this will be reduced to about four and a half hours to cover the 500 kilometers.

Is seeing believing? For some off-plan buyers, brochures do not tell the truth.

In 2013, Ms. Juliet Mazera decided she needed a house to call her own. After searching all over Nairobi for a house that would fit the bill of what she wanted, she stumbled upon a swanky gated community off the new Thika Highway on Kamiti Road.

The property development, which we cannot name in this article because the developers refused to talk to us, was the perfect place to be; the houses were modern, the location just a few minutes’ drive from Nairobi, the gardens lush, the walkways carob-paved, a huge perimetre wall to ward off louts, they were putting up a school inside the development… everything was perfect, and Ms. Mazera was hooked.

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At the time the idea of gated communities was just beginning to pick up, and this was high up there in the quality and affordability scale. Phase One and Two were already complete, and oh, weren’t they beautiful on the glossy brochures! “For Sh7.6 million, we were offered a three-bedroom house in a gated community that had a fitness Center, a clubhouse and abundance of fresh air, among other appealing attributes,” says Ms. Mazera.

Prices of posh homes drop as supply rises in Nairobi.

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Prices of luxurious homes in Nairobi fell slightly during the first three months of the year, according to a Knight Frank report. The Knight Frank Prime Global Cities Index quarterly report released last week ranks prime residential markets in 35 cities worldwide. It states Nairobi recorded a one per cent decline in prices of posh homes between December 2014 and March 2015.

Supply of high-end homes slightly exceeded demand, mainly due to developers responding to the rising foreign investor interest in Nairobi over the past few years. This is in addition to an expanding pool of local high-net-worth individuals seeking to buy trophy homes. The moderate growth in supply created room for price negotiation between buyers and developers, Knight Frank added.

Chinese firm builds holiday homes in Mombasa.

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Chinese firm Sultan Palace is developing 198 vacation homes at the Kenyan Coast for sale despite the ailing hospitality sector in that region.The units comprise 50 coral stone beach houses, 16 villas and 132 condos.

General manager Liu Tiancai said hotel closures in the region have created accommodation shortage which is expected to boost the demand for vacation homes.“The decline in tourism numbers is only a short term occurrence. We have invested at the Coast because we believe that the country still has the potential to return to its glorious days sooner than many think,” he said.

Trick to building on black cotton soil

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When Martin Wang’ombe went to inspect a plot he wanted to buy in Oloolua in Ngong, he noticed something unusual about his would-be neighbour’s house. It seemed to be slanting and had a huge crack on the wall. As he would later learn, the house was sinking, sucked in by the black cotton soil on which it stood. It turned out that the plot was in an area where the soil was more than 10 feet deep.

Normally, black cotton soil swells when wet and shrinks when dry. These changes, known as shrink-swell, tend to make the foundation sink deeper with time, leading to structural damage to a house built on such soil. During the construction of the house mentioned earlier, the contractor did make it rest on the bedrock, so the shallow foundation started sinking once the soil began swelling and contracting.

TWO RIVERS DEVELOPMENT ATTRACTS USD 155 MILLION (OVER KES 14 BILLION) IN INVESTMENT

Two rivers development, which is a project of the Centum Company, has attracted USD 155 Million funding or over Kes.14 billion in debt and equity from The Co-operative Bank of Kenya Limited and AVIC International, Industrial & Commercial Development Corporation (“ICDC”).

A sum of USD 70 Million (over Kes. 6.3 Billion) in equity has been invested in the project by the AVIC international  Company. This is in addition to the USD 5 Million (over Kes. 450 Million) in equity invested by the Industrial and Commercial Development Corporation of Kenya. Also, the Co-operative Bank of Kenya has secured a local debt funding of USD 80 Million (over Kes. 7.2 Billion).

Nairobi, Mombasa and Kiambu have most expensive rental homes: Study

According to a report released by the Lands and Urban Planning Ministry, residents of Nairobi County are the ones who pay the highest rents in the Country. They are followed by Mombasa and Kiambu.

The most expensive neighbourhoods are from Nairobi fetching the highest value in the rental market. The report has it that 58,248 houses rent is above Sh20,000 per month. Three quarters of these are in Nairobi while 7,009 (or 12 per cent) are in the neighbouring Kiambu County.

The county of Mombasa owns 7% of the most expensive rental homes, Eldoret owns 1% of the most expensive homes in the whole country, its then followed by Lamu, Kericho, Kakamega and Isiolo.

You can now own your home while paying ‘rent’

In a bid to  cater for those unable to afford mortgages, a 300 houses tenant purchase scheme is currently underway in Nakuru.

Fusion Capital plans to build 1,000 housing units throughout the country in the next three years, of which 30 per cent will be sold through a tenant purchase arrangement that helps home buyers who cannot raise monthly payments required by mortgage lenders.

The company said it plans to build more houses to be sold under the scheme in all counties.

The company, together with a Nakuru landowner, created a joint venture known as Grandepark Estate to build 120 three-bedroom Montey Apartments.