Looking to buy a home in Kenya for the first time? After a long period of six months, you finally found your dream home. You are all set with the down payment to purchase your first home. But be warned, you never know when this dream turns into the biggest nightmare of your life you aren’t prepared for.

For most people, buying a home in Kenya is the biggest purchase of their lives so we strongly recommend not to make decision in a hurry. A large amount research would only justify your decision.

We have come up with the 7 potential pitfalls or home buying horror stories one must be aware of before buying a new home as well as few tips for home buyers in kenya you must follow to make your home buying experience go smoothly.

Buying Home In Kenya For First Time - Tips & Pitfalls To Avoid

👉 Failing to do due diligence

Many potential property buyers have burnt their fingers due to failure in performing due diligence. Most of them are buyers of homes. According to the buyers, an impatient seller may seek a buyer with ready money. But the ‘long’ legal processes haul on due to which the dream house they waited for.

Majority of prospective buyers trust the sellers who often say they have been forced to dispose of their property hurriedly to pay fees for children, settle hospital bills, repay a loan etc. Unfortunately, the innocent buyers pay for the property in cash rather than continuing with the whole legal actions and later on realize that they have become victims of fraudsters.

What to do:

As a promised buyer, your advocate must be vigilant to defend you against possible fraud. For instance, the lawyer must carry out an official title search of the property at the Ministry of Lands to ascertain the legal owner of the house.

The lawyer must examine the search certificate issued by the ministry. He should approve the sale agreement and prepare the transfer. Furthermore, the lawyer is also responsible for stamping the legal documents and forwarding them for registration as required.

It is also the duty of your lawyer to pay the purchase money to the advocate representing the seller of the property. and obtain the land rent certificate.

Obtain consent from the Land Control board, town clerk and trustees, public corporations and authorities where necessary.

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👉 Closing Nightmare

When the closing date of house purchase is approaching and you are out of cash, this is when the biggest dream turn to the biggest nightmare. This situation may fall you into forfeit your deposit and face a lawsuit.  A number of first-time buyers take house loans . Thinking pre-approval is enough is a big mistake. A pre-approval home loan is not necessarily a guaranteed sanction. Make sure you meet the lender requirements otherwise it might happen that the loan gets canceled.

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👉 Unexpected Frights

Buying a home without inspection may lead to unexpected critical problems. It is definitely a terrifying risk to buy a home without inspection.There could be costly issues such as worn-out shingles, water seepage in the basement, dying furnace or water heaters, termite damage and asbestos in the insulation.

What to do?

Buying a home without inspection is like putting your whole investment at risk. Are you really interested to do so? Therefore, before making an offer, examine the house with a knowledgeable person.

Some sellers show pre-existing inspection reports in order to gain the trust of buyers but being a wise buyer, make sure that the reports are from a reputable home inspector. You can also consult the neighbors for any type of repair or reconstruction.

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👉 You Get What You Pay For:

One of the funniest nightmare we hear about was –

A couple reported that they bought a house and at the time of moving in, the seller took the even toilets out. It might seem too funny to believe but this is a bitter truth of property business that you can’t trust everybody without facts. Some sellers are very polite whereas others are very clever.

What to do?

Make sure while dealing for the house, you clarify the things, items, furnishings or furniture you will be expecting to get along with the property you paid for.  Include everything in the fixtures and chattels clause.

👉 Castles of doom

Don’t get fooled by the affordability displayed by an online calculator to buy a home.  As a general rule, the total monthly housing cost should not be more than 32% of gross household monthly income.

Maximizing your borrowing limit may fall you into financial crisis. What if you purchase a property on lease in a hurry and later on you can’t afford to manage the expenses. The only solution in such a circumstance would be selling the home again.

What to do?

Therefore, it is very important to create budget thinking the total amount you would be left over of your pay cheque every month to live the life you want to live.

Also, consider the ramifications of rates rising in the future.

Make sure you have sufficient funds for emergency events , for instance -sudden job loss, accident or medical needs.

Finally, before you dive in, get some professional help and advice from a real estate property developer in Kenya.

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Finally a few tips for first time home buyers in kenya. Your real estate agent will help you decide how much money you want to offer for the house along with any conditions you want to ask for, like having the buyer pay for your closing costs.



Real Estate Market Kenya 2018 – Is There any Boom?

The real-estate sector of Kenya is diversified among three sections – people, geography, and property types where people include high, middle and lower sections of society, geography defines the area to be utilized for property developments and property types including retail, office, residential, Industrial and special properties mainly found in urban areas.

A significant growth of about 6% was seen in the real estate market in Kenya in the financial year 2016. The population growth rate is about 2.7% per annum and the urban growth of the country analyzed in 2016 was merely over  27% of the total population of Kenya and is expected to exceed up to 50% by 2020.

Assuming this, the urban population of Kenya is growing as 500,000 people per year which means Kenya needs to construct over 250,000  houses annually for an urban development in the nation.

The author of “The ABC of Real Estate Investment in Kenya, Kariuki Waweru says that investment in real estate of Kenya has never been a promising business move. He described it with a real example –

In 2008, the price of an acre of land in Kitengela was Sh250,000. In 2012, the price of the land had risen to Sh1.2 million.  Now, this was the real estate bubble that burst in Kitengela. But people who invested into land got their fingers burnt as in 2017 as the price for the same piece of land was 1.5 million.

Let us explain to you the theory of land economics –

     “If you buy a piece of land and its appreciation rate is slower than the rate of inflation, then you are actually making a loss on that investment, even if you sell the land for a profit.”

Hence, if you have invested money on a land with a perspective to earn profit from its appreciated value, unfortunately, it is not the successful move. In case, you buy a land and carry out temporary projects such as building semi-permanent apartments, offices, school, colleges or other properties etc, it may extract value from land rather than a land left for years.

Kenya’s Real Estate sector is one of the key sectors of the nation’s economy. and has been responding to increased demand from a decade.  In fact, Kenya has established to be the preferred hub with Nairobi as the center for multinationals as well as other international organizations. Kenyan has seen a boom in most of the private sectors in the mid to late 2000s and the real estate is one of those private sectors.

In response, the Kenyan Government is also participating in every possible way for the economy’s growth. A massive investment in infrastructure development was made by Kenyan Government and apart from this, important steps have been taken to improve legal as well as a regulatory framework for the key sectors in the economy.

So, What is a Real Estate Boom?

BOOM is the situation where the prices of real estate start rising at a higher-than-normal rate if there is a huge increase in the market price of real estate property.

Over the last 8 years between 2007 and 2015, the average price of a 1-3 bedroom apartment in Kenya has risen from 5.2 million shillings to 13.4 million shillings, rendering into a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.5 percent. as revealed by Cytonn Report.

The last decade has seen phenomenal investments in real estate of Kenya. Projects worth billions of shillings have either been accomplished or are under construction. The boom has not escaped the notice of international players who have found the country to be ideal for their investments.

Real Estate Trends In Kenya

According to Deloitte real estate trends 2018, the following are the trends that will impact the global real estate industry this year. As the trend continues to pick up, the real estate in Kenya can only expect its growth in leaps and bounds in 2018. Some of the latest trends seen in kenyan real estate are as follows:

Co-working Modern spaces

Co-working spaces have met most of the ingredients of the modern workplace, allowing corporates as well as independent freelancers to thrive.

Smart buildings

In Africa for instance, countries like Tunisia, Ghana and Kenya had buildings receive global standard ratings on the greenness global index. The demand for smart buildings will create a new twist in the real estate market in Kenya for sure.

Block chain

As the block chain technology moves towards maturity, there will be more beneficial and revolutionary applications in real estate transactions as well.


With the increasing availability and innovation in fintech technologies, there will be more solutions to the financial challenges in the real estate sector.

What is a Real Estate BUBBLE?

A real estate bubble refers to a periodic event characterized by rapid increase in value and hence prices of property to levels that are affordable by the population, which results in lower demand hence prices declining tremendously. This means a bubble would occur if there were a rapid rise in land and housing prices, to the extent that the properties retail at several times their worth.

A real estate bubble typically occurs in well-established real estate markets.

In 2016, a boom took place in Ruaka, Kiambu County, where land prices almost doubled with an eighth portion of an acre going up from Sh 8 million in January to Sh18 million at the end of the year.

One of the significant reason for a Bubble to occur is increasing demand that supersedes supply, which eventually leads to a property bubble as the prices rise to levels that are unaffordable by the public.

Another significant probability for an increase in real estate prices, especially around Nairobi and other urban centres, is attributable to demographic factors such as a high population growth rate and rural-urban migration.

Thus, there is no bubble in the Kenyan market. Instead of rising demand for land, fluctuating marketing values, and the rapid price increments showing the rising phase of the Kenyan real estate market that is characterized by low supply, high demand leading to increasing prices.

To sum up, Kenya is one of the real estate investment destinations of sub-Saharan Africa. The 44.2m-people country and its 4.2m-strong capital Nairobi acts as a gateway to a regional East African market, which is approaching 150m people. Thus, the industry has been accelerating at a rapid speed and making a substantial contribution to the country’s GDP growth figures on the back of rising demand for multiple-use and residential developments.

Domestically, there is an increase in population,

incomes are on the rise and economy has been outperforming and based on these fundamentals, it is hardly surprising that Kenya, like much of the sub-Saharan Africa region, is arousing the interests of a range of international funds and institutional investors. For professional advice on property market contact :HayeroneReal Estate Property Development Company Kenya

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High Housing shortage

More than 200,000 homes need to be built a year, but only 50,000 new units are being built annually, leaving around 150,000 Kenyans un-housed every year with middle-income earners in urban areas most affected.

In Nairobi, more than 67% of all residents live in informal settlements. The proportion of owner-occupied households in the urban areas currently stands at just 18%, compared to 82% in rural areas. To fill in the gap HayerOne has come up with 4 Bedroom Apartments For Sale in Nairobi – The MARQUIS

Investors and families that have been looking for property to buy should look for 4-bedroom listings, especially houses and town houses. These two property types have experienced a decrease in the average ask price (sale price) by 27.30% and 16.45% respectively.

(source: data-fintech)

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