Real Estate Moment

The 11th edition of the Kenya homes expo was held at KICC last week. Here’s recap of that and other real estate on-goings

EXPO: Seemed smaller than the expo last time at the expo, with not as many properties, and more interior stuff like tiles, security, solar vendors. some notable developments included:

– Chinese built Jacaranda Gardens [2br for 5.7m, 3br for 6.6m and 4br apts off kiambu road & northern bypass], – – Nairobi Game Park Apartments [3br apts for 10.95m – located south of the northern bypass below GP Karting/Carnivore (is that in the park?)] by Homesearch (
– Tamarind Meadows (mlolongo) [3br from 6 to 8m] by Tamarind Properties
Family city estate kiambu 4br town houses for 1.5 – 2m
– Edenville (kiambu road) [3 br villa for 10.5m, 4br villas for 12.5 – 14.5m]
by Hass Consult
– Bellevue apartments [2br for 7.8m, 3br for 8.5m] by Villa Care

Not at the expo were new developments in the sector including:
– New golf estates at Vipingo Ridge and Green Park.
And listed in the Kenya Gazette are new real estate developments planned including
– A gated community in Nairobi’s Eastleigh with 569 luxurious 3-br apts with common Masjid, Madrasa, and recreational area
– River Park Estate (Mavoko) which will have 318 4-br maissonettes, and 51 3-br bungalows
– Another one at Mlolongo Weigh Bridge with 96 3-br units with servant quarters.

Financiers: at the Expo were the usual banks present including:
– Housing finance had their Makao Homes for anyone with land looking to build a home. It has construction finance, approved building plans, structural drawings, BQ’s, loans up to 20 years for individuals, 10 years for companies. Interesting pointer is that closing costs are 5% to 9% of home value, something no matter which bank one borrows from, and one which many buyers are not prepared to pay. Loans can also be accessed by investment groups, for plot purchase and construction.
– CFC Stanbic have equity release loans of 90% of home value
– Barclays loans start at 13% up to 20 years and 90% of home cost. They also have equity release of up to 70% on charged property and 50% on unencumbered property, and buy mortgages finance by other banks.
– Savings & Loan (KCB) has mortgages up to 25 years for individuals, and 10 years for companies and investors – and rates are 15%
– New to the mortgage sector is Consolidated Bank with mortgage loans (14.5%, 15 years) and commercial construction loans (15%, for 2 to 10 years)
– Absent were National Bank who started mortgage finance just few weeks ago and Equity Bank.

Mortgage Shake-Up: Equity Bank has muscled in at Housing Finance and shaken up the board, now led by a new Chairman more amenable to Equity’s vision of having low cost mortgages across Kenya. More here

Kenya Property Bubble
Blogger Pesa Tu had a posts on if the Kenya’s property bubble has burst with signs like
-Property sellers not providing indicative prices
-Compression of rental yields
-Rise in furnished apartments
Read more on the post here

Also just released is the latest quarterly report on the real estate market by Hass Consultants which while showed that real estate was sluggish n the first quarter of 2010. Hass also has a nice summary of the investment potential of different Nairobi neighbourhood

9 thoughts on “Real Estate Moment

  1. Equity release mortgage

    The best option these days to unlock the value of your home involves taking out a lifetime mortgage plan, equity release schemes will let you borrow money against the value of your home with the debt being repaid from its sale only after your death, seem an attractive solution to many cash-poor, asset-rich retirees.

  2. Dan Githua

    Banks. Nice wrap up. I missed the show. Do you have any contacts for these guys Family city estate kiambu 4br town houses for 1.5 – 2m
    ..the deal is woth checking out!

  3. kainvestor

    Not only was the expo smaller this time, I noticed that at least five stalls were VillaCare subs, owned by Ojijo. Must be the richest man in kenya’s real estate.

  4. Maishinski

    I still believe that “Home Ownership Mortgages” are a form of economic slavery specifically tailored for the financially illiterate.

    We need to change our view of money. Money is a resource, like time and labor. It is also a commodity for barter trade.

    Idle money rots and loses value. Houses are illiquid.. Buying a house before you can afford it is financial foolishness in my view.. It locks up your capital (can’t take advantage of opportunities) and keeps you in the rat race.

    Houses are not investments. Houses are not secure and/or guaranteed to last (can collapse or burn down for example).

    We all know that many builders skimp on quality and safety aspects to cut costs (or to steal from the owners). You have seen upmarket houses collapsing right before tenants move in… or developing huge cracks 6 months after tenants move in…

    Unless you get a 20 year guarantee on quality of workmanship, you take a HUGE safety risk every time you buy a house.

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