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Off-Plan Real Estate

May 28, 2023

Real Estate development relies on several elements, primarily financing and marketing. Real Estate finance involves providing the necessary financial resources for investment projects aimed at expanding building infrastructure and services. On the other hand, Real Estate marketing serves as a connection between those responsible for the production of various Real Estate properties such as residential houses and offices and those who purchase and benefit from them. Its objective is to fulfill the needs and desires of individuals by offering properties, whether it be land or housing, at the right value and with exceptional customer service.  Off-plan investment in the Real Estate sector has emerged as an enticing opportunity, offering a mutually beneficial platform for both developers and buyers. This concept involves the sale and purchase of properties that are yet to be constructed or are still under...

Financial Planning Amidst Challenging Economic Environment

May 21, 2023

People face various financial obligations in different stages of their lives that range from medical expenses, education expenses and other miscellaneous expenses. Currently, the expenses have been worsened by the high cost of living in Kenya that has adversely impacting the financial stability and overall well-being of the people.  Despite the high cost of living, it is key to note that a lot of financial challenges are often caused by poor financial planning. Financial Planning refers to a process that help an individual to make sound decision about money that can help one to achieve financial goals. Having a sound personal financial plan is important because it helps reduce and possibly eliminate financial distress arising from various responsibilities and unexpected situations. As such, the purpose of this focus note is to highlight the importance of financial planning, the various considerations to make based on one’s own characteristics, needs and preferences, and s...

National Housing Development Fund (NHDF)

May 14, 2023

According to the World Bank, Kenya's urbanization rate stood at an average of 3.7% as of 2021, higher than the global average of 1.6%. Similarly, the annual population growth rate averaged 1.9% as of 2021, which is also higher than the global average of 0.9%. As a result, the demand for housing in Kenya is very high, far exceeding the available supply, with Centre for Affordable Housing Finance Africa (CAHF) estimating that there is an 80.0% annual housing deficit in Kenya. This is evidenced by the fact that only 50,000 new houses are delivered annually in the country, whereas the demand is estimated to be at about 250,000 units per year. This leaves a shortfall of about 200,000 houses per year, which is a significant gap to fill....

Nairobi Metropolitan Area Residential Report 2023

May 7, 2023

Last year, we published our Nairobi Metropolitan Area (NMA) Residential Report 2022, titled ‘Improved Property Prices to Shape Market Recovery,’ in which we examined the performance of 35 residential nodes. This week, we update our analysis with the Nairobi Metropolitan Area (NMA) Residential Report 2023 titled ‘Resilient Market with Steady Growth Potential’ by highlighting the residential sector's performance in the region in terms of price appreciation, rental yields, and market uptake, based on the coverage of 35 regions within the Nairobi Metropolis. We also shall also discuss factors influencing residential supply and demand, current developments affecting the industry, and conclude with a look at investment options as well as the sector's general outlook for the coming fiscal year. As such, we shall discuss the foll...

Unit Trust Funds Performance, FY'2022

May 1, 2023

Unit Trust Funds (UTFs) are Collective Investment Schemes that pool funds from different investors and are managed by professional fund managers. The fund managers invest the pooled funds in a portfolio of securities such as equity stocks, bonds or any authorized financial securities, with the aim of generating returns to meet the specific objectives of the fund. Following the release of the Capital Markets Authority (CMA) Quarterly Statistical Bulletin-Q1’2023, we analyze the performance of Unit Trust Funds for the period ending 31 December 2022, whose total Assets Under Management (AUM) have been steadily incr...