Real Estate Kenya

By Shiku Ngigi | All things building, construction, real estate and related topics in Kenya.

Record International Exhibitors at The Big 5 Construct East Africa 2016

How does opportunity look like? In the construction industry, opportunities rarely show up – and when they do, they are dressed in overalls. This …

ArchiDATUM

The Craft School in Nairobi, Kenya is an effort by Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Technical University of Munich, University …

Unveiling the FEM family church, Karen

For the last over 2000 years since the first church, architectural designs have evolved a great deal. More colour is making its way into the interior …

Malls outdo each other to attract clients, shoppers

In Summary<p>Shopping malls are coming up at a high rate but sadly most of them are ‘ghost’ malls with very low occupancy.<p>When you step into the …

Slow death of library that McMillan built

Curiosity led me to McMillan Memorial Library, an iconic building of the 1930s in Nairobi’s central business district.<p>This followed a visit to …

Is Kenya Ready for REITs?

Have you ever wondered who owns the apartment where you live in? What about the shopping mall where you frequent over the weekends? Who owns the …

INTERVIEW: Meet Jerry Riley, An Architectural Photographer

<i>You know those old, black and white or sepia pictures of the ancient Nairobi in 1930s and 40s showing buildings and streets that once existed but are</i> …

There's no difference between paying for a house in cash and getting a mortgage

For wealthy people, the main question when buying a home is often whether to mortgage it. If you’re sitting on a large sum of cash or liquid assets, you can choose whether to pay for the house outright, or just use cash for the down payment and take a mortgage out on the home.<p>Let’s look at two …

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How Kenyan Banks Fund Property Developers

Land in Syokimau. Check. Very posh apartments. Check. Valid dreams consisting of the soaring apartments resting on the land. Check. What about money …

Home Ownership in Kenya: Buy or Rent?

I grew up in a setting similar to a gated community. As kids, most of us in the neighbourhood <i>knew</i> that the houses where we lived were <i>our</i> homes. There …

KBA Releases Housing Index Report

If you want to invest in rental residential property or even for sale, this is where you ought to pay attention. The Kenya Bankers Association (KBA) …

Where Office Space Developers in Nairobi Are Succeeding

Between the National Museums of Kenya and Westlands, there are roughly eight (8) commercial office developments that are underway. That’s only along …

ARM Cement Reports Losses in H1 Results

The Kenya Shilling has been depreciating in value. As indicated in our last economic article, this was bound to affect industries in the construction …

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Housing Finance and KCB Bank Group Restructure

Kenyan banks have been reorganizing their operations significantly with respect to property financing and mortgages. Two banks have indicated their …

A Season of belt-tightening awaits Mortgage Takers

Everything was hunky dory for borrowers until something ruined the party, I explain…<p>The last twelve months have been characterized by very bold …

RICS sets up Regional Office in Nairobi

RICS and Sub-Saharan Africa<p>The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is a global professional body that consists of professionals in land, …

Row over Kenya's SGR Cement Importation

Media coverage in the last one week has revealed the intense relationship between cement production and infrastructure development in Kenya. There’s …

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