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Francis Ayieko

  • House prices dash hopes of thousands of purchasers

    2 months ago
    A rapid rise in house prices is shattering the hopes of millions of potential home buyers looking to take advantage of interest rate caps
  • ‘Nairobi is Africa’s next first class city’

    1 year ago
    I don’t think I truly grasped how sophisticated the Kenyan market was on my first visit until I travelled across the rest of Africa.
  • Affordable housing possible

    2 years ago
    I recently attended a World Bank-sponsored workshop in Nairobi on how county governments can partner with the private sector to deliver affordable housing.
  • Cement firm to deliver premix concrete to construction sites

    2 years ago
    Local cement manufacturers have begun exploring alternative market opportunities to guarantee their survival in an increasingly competitive market.
  • Mortgage lesson from France

    2 years ago
    Something interesting is taking place in France, which local lenders should take note of. Over the last one year, the number of people, including foreigners, investing in French property has increased rapidly, thanks to falling mortgage rates.
  • CBK’s interest rates move good; let’s now see action

    2 years ago
    The Central Bank of Kenya on Monday maintained its benchmark interest rate at 11.5 per cent, saying current monetary policy measures have helped tame inflation. It said inflation eased to 6.8 per cent in February, from 7.8 per cent in January.
  • Let’s help Kenyans abroad invest

    2 years ago
    Sometime last week, someone asked me what the big news in the real estate industry is. Upon reflection, I replied: “I can’t think of any at the moment.”
  • Paperless transactions, finally!

    2 years ago
    Finally, the Lands ministry is beginning to show its commitment to land reforms in the country. The ministry ended manual land transactions at the Nairobi registry on Monday this week by making it mandatory for rate payments, searches and queries to be done online.
  • Politics and real estate in Kenya

    2 years ago
    For the last few years, I have heard the refrain "you can't go wrong with real estate" more times than I can count. This expression comes up almost always whenever people talk about investment ideas.
  • Will the good news in Kenya's construction sector last?

    2 years ago
    According to data released by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) last week, the sector grew by 14.1 per cent in the third quarter of 2015 compared to 8.8 per cent over a similar period in 2015.
  • Kenyan renters lack privacy – report

    3 years ago
    Kenyan renters are living in crowded houses, forcing them to lose their privacy.
  • Time to translate good intentions into reality

    3 years ago
    The year 2015 has started on a sad note for the real estate sector, but that does not mean it will end that way. The collapse of a residential building in Nairobi’s Huruma estate, barely three weeks after another building collapsed in the city’s Kaloleni estate, has put an early blemish on the New Year.
  • House down and business goes on

    3 years ago
    A day after a five-storey building collapsed in Nairobi's Kaloleni area, killing seven people, county officials visited the scene and marked some buildings in the neighbourhood for demolition.
  • Report: Signs good for land reforms in Kenya

    3 years ago
    The Lands ministry and the National Land Commission have been challenged to seize the political goodwill they are beginning to enjoy to move the land sector agenda forward.
  • Which way aspiring home owners?

    4 years ago
    If you asked a Kenyan adult whether he or she would prefer to buy a house or rent one, the answer would be obvious: buying a home is by far better than renting.
  • More Housing Finance mortgage borrowers default

    4 years ago
    The number of people unable to service their mortgage loans with Housing Finance, the country’s leading mortgage lender, increased in the third quarter of this year.
  • 600 take mortgages every quarter

    4 years ago
    The just-released Hass Consult Property Index brought good news to developers and renters, but a distressing message to home buyers.
  • Ngilu- National Land Commission wars hit lenders

    4 years ago
    Developers and lending institutions have lost large sums of money because of the fight between the Lands ministry and the National Land Commission (NLC), says a new survey.
  • Be smart with mortgage payments

    4 years ago
    Something interesting is happening in the American housing market that Kenyan lenders, mortgage borrowers and other stakeholders in the real estate sector should pay attention to.
  • Owning a home versus renting

    4 years ago
    In a world where everyone longs to own a home, it can be quite shocking to come across a headline like, “Homeowners: A New Class of Fools”, or a statement like, “Homeownership is for Suckers”.
  • Is it celebration time for borrowers?

    4 years ago
    Exciting times ahead. That is the message from two reports — The Hass Index Report and The Mortgage Report — launched last week in Nairobi.
  • Attracting diaspora investors

    4 years ago
    The growth of Kenya’s real estate market has brought with it great business opportunities with attractive monetary gains.
  • New levy should be a give and take

    4 years ago
    For the two years it has been around, the National Construction Authority (NCA) has enjoyed a lot of goodwill from players in the building and construction industry as well as other players in the sector.
  • CBK proposal to rein in price hikes

    4 years ago
    Is the era of overpriced properties about to end in Kenya? A recommendation by the Central Bank of Kenya could see that happen.
  • Kenya a high risk for insurers

    4 years ago
    A bout four years ago, when the level of insecurity was still not as bad as it is today, a homeowner in one of Nairobi’s upmarket neighbourhoods shared with me how costly it was for the residents of his neighbourhood to ensure they were secure.
  • Why Ngilu’s actions are puzzling

    4 years ago
    There is something curious about the suspension of services at the Lands ministry that started on Monday this week.
  • How to house growing population and a planning vacuum

    4 years ago
    In its latest report, The Mortgage Company showed how desperately government intervention is needed to make mortgage a viable way of owning a home by Kenyans.
  • What you need to know before going for a mortgage

    4 years ago
    The recently released State of Development Report revealed some interesting trends in the property market in Nairobi.
  • What was the value of Shakombo’s house?

    4 years ago
    Losing your home to a financier is probably one of the most painful things that can ever happen to you as a property owner.
  • Developer faults mortgage report over rates given

    5 years ago
    Erdemann Property has faulted the recently released mortgage report that gave the average home loan interest at 16.96 per cent in third quarter of this year, thus keeping housing financing beyond reach of the majority.
  • Property pricing trend worrying

    5 years ago
    An interview with Protus Nyamweya, CEO Proam Homes.
  • Mutua’s inspiring dream and the nagging questions

    5 years ago
    Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua is a man with fire in his belly. In just about eight months since his election, Dr Mutua has put the semi-arid county on the path to becoming a world-class metropolis.
  • Major financial boost for low income housing

    5 years ago
    Low-income Kenyans planning to build dream homes incrementally through small short-term loans will benefit from fresh efforts by two international organisations to expand housing microfinance services in the country.
  • 100 per cent financing does not make loans cheaper

    5 years ago
    More lenders could soon follow in the footsteps of Housing Finance and start offering either 100 per cent or more than 100 per cent financing to mortgage borrowers.
  • The changing face of mortgage market

    5 years ago
    With lenders now offering 100 per cent mortgage financing, Francis Ayieko explores the question of banks over-exposing themselves and whether the risk profile of mortgage takers is changing
  • Is Kenya ready for secondary mortgages?

    5 years ago
    In a country where the number of primary mortgage holders is still small, the idea of a higher-tier home loans market where lenders resell mortgages to external investors using the value of mortgage loans as collateral may sound far-fetched.
  • Who’s to blame for low mortgage uptake?

    5 years ago
    A Central Bank of Kenya report singles out bank’s fixation with variable interest rates for blame, but experts argue volatile interest rates make it difficult for lending institutions to have fixed interest rates, writes FRANCIS AYIEKO