Investment Financing in Kenya Real Estate

Real-estate investments in Kenya have the potential to double and even triple in value per year-with the right property. So, how does an investor finance a property investment? There are at-least two main options available in Kenya: group investments and mortgages.

Other than being able to prevaricate against risks such as rising inflation, real-estate investors are able to enhance their net worth, generate high capital gains and potentially register quick rates of appreciation.

Property Investment Financing Options

1.Group Investments

This is the most efficient and commonly used financing option by lower-middle class and those in informal employment who cannot qualify for bank mortgages and loans owing to their irregular source of income.

Group investments, locally referred to as ‘Chamas’, hold more than Ksh80 billion of wealth in Kenya in terms of savings and investment, with one adult in every three being an active member of a group investment club. They have registered the greatest success among women, youths and self-employed people.

To function, members make daily, weekly or monthly contributions for a specified duration of time and with a specific financial target. Once targets are reached, they identify a potential property, buy it and either start saving towards developing it or splitting it into equal portions among group members.

Alternatively, banks develop investment groups and invite interested parties to make monthly contributions. If the group member wishes to buy a property, they simply borrow (with interest rates applying) from the group based on their contribution. Group members co-sign the loans and they bear the cost of repaying the loan if one of the group members defaults.

The success of group investment is powerfully driven by a cultural impetus to pool funds together to invest and to borrow.

Most banking institutions and building societies in Kenya have realized the potential the option has and have developed programs targeted to boost group investments – it is based on the idea of creating a savings and investment opportunities.

2.Property Loans & Mortgages

There is a thin line between loans and mortgages in Kenya, and people often use the two terms synonymously.

These are facilities offered by various financial and lending institutions, such as banks and building societies, to help you buy property:

Loans and mortgages are given to successful loan applicants who meet the minimum loan-qualification requirements.
Loans and mortgages can be fully or partly financed by you. The majority of lenders, however, finance the property up to 90%.
Various lenders have varying interest rates and income-generating loans being charged a 15% interest rate per year and estate development attracting 13% p.a.
Property for owner-occupation may receive 80% financing while for investment property, such as rental units or holiday homes, may receive up to 70% financing.

Repayment duration for loans and mortgages

Maximum of:

15 years for individual borrowers
10 years for limited companies
2 years per phase for real-estate development

Additional Costs

Most loan and mortgage applicants in Kenya are oblivious to the hidden charges that come with taking loans and mortgages.

Stamp duty

Currently at 4% of the cost of property.

Valuation fees

Fees vary depending on the valuation surveyor, and it is crucial you have your own prior to the property being valued.

Legal charges

Determined by mortgage amount. Higher loan amounts attract higher legal fees. Banks have their preferred law firms they deal with, so ensure you learn from the lender their preferred law firm.

Bank facility charges

Varies between banks and is meant to cover loan facilitation


Charges for clearing the mortgage before the agreed time; varies between

Property insurance

It is not mandatory and it is paid per year. It protects the property during loan repayment period.

Mortgage life policy

Varies between lenders and covers your outstanding balance in case you die.

6 Tips on Choosing the RIght Credit Repair Company

Imagine waking up every morning without the burden of financial hardship or a poor credit situation.

As you sip on your morning coffee, you’d be relaxed knowing that if you were faced with an emergency, you could get your hands on the money you needed.

Trouble is, according to CNN Money 76% of Americans life paycheck to paycheck – which is why having a credit history is so critically important.

If you have decided to repair your credit rating, you’ve made a wise decision.

Bear in mind, it will take a bit of time and persistence to get yourself back on track – however the peace of mind you’ll gain will be well worth the effort.

Here are a few tips to get you started:

1. Find a Reputable Credit Counselor to Help You:

Credit repair can be a complicated process. Professional counselors can give you the advice you need, and help you create a repair plan that is best suited for your unique situation. Look for companies that provide a money back warranty, full customer support, as well as 24/7 online access to a portal that tracks your credit repair process.

2. Avoid Companies That Use Templates and Form Letters:

Credit bureaus receive hundred if not thousands of dispute letters every day. To manage this volume, they rely on an automated letter sorter that earmarks form letters and marks them with a lower priority. Select a company willing to customize your letter so you get faster, more efficient results.

3. Start Building a Good History of New Credit Accounts:

An effective strategy to boost your credit score is to open new lines of credit. New credit accounts will impact your credit score by as much as 30%. It’s best to select a company with a close connection to creditors. That way it will be easier for you to gain approval for new credit accounts even if you have a low credit score or poor credit history.

4. Become Knowledgeable About the Way Credit Works:

Credit repair can be a long and tedious process. It’s best to deal with a company who is willing to explain and educate you about the credit process. The more knowledge you have the easier it will be to avoid the same credit pitfalls in the future. Select credit repair companies with a high rate of success: Far too many credit repair companies simply send out form letters and take your money.

5. Ask For a Professional Contract:

Legitimate credit repair companies will provide you with an agreement or contract.
Be sure that your contract covers all of the information that you have been told verbally. Take the time to read all of the fine print, and don’t move forward unless the terms of the agreement are clearly stated in writing. When interviewing companies remember to ask them about their “deletion rate.” The deletion rate is the percentage of negative accounts that are typically removed from a client’s profile. It will give you a good idea as to how effective their methods are.

6. Make sure electronic payments are available to track your investment:

Never pay with cash or deposit service fees into an account. Professional companies create a paper trail. They will accept credit cards or online payments that can be verified after the fact. You don’t necessarily have to meet face to face because most credit repair companies are set up to handle business virtually, but make sure that the company you deal with doesn’t ask you for unusual requests.

In a nutshell, there are several credit repair companies to choose from, some are good, some are not. It’s always in your best interest to review their credentials and verify their success.

Three Ways A Car Dealer Can Attract The Millennial Market

For a car dealer, competition can be tough, and the trick to creating brand and business loyalty is to lure in the next generation. Many have tried to produce interesting ads featuring hip-hop music, computer graphics, and cutting-edge humor, but they have found that that really isn’t enough to pull in the generation known as the “millennials.” This demographic has been notoriously hard to reach, and television advertising to the younger buyer is nearly a moot point in the age of DVR recordings, YouTube, and Netflix.

The age group’s importance to auto sellers is also compounded by the fact that they have much less interest in driving than those in previous generations. However, there are still recent high school and college grads that are ready to become proud owners of their first vehicles that are not registered to Mom and Dad. So, how can a car dealer cater to these new consumers? Here are a few things that vehicle sellers can do to maximize their sales to young adults:

1. Recognize The Extent Of Their Smartphone Dependence

Young adults these days use their smartphones as electronic guides to the world. Why wouldn’t they? After all, they don’t really know life any differently. This demographic relies on their phone, or better yet, the Internet, to get directions to the dealership, find reviews, get showroom hours, and browse inventory. Therefore, the savvy car dealer will ensure that he or she has an updated and informative, mobile-friendly website, and perhaps even a mobile app.

2. Respect The Fact That They Have Already Done Their Research

Many vehicle salespeople get frustrated when attempting to pitch various automobile models to college-aged clients. Younger drivers already spend countless hours researching each automobile online to see if all their standards are met. After doing their homework, most of the adults in this age group visit the car dealer after their choices have already been narrowed down to one or two models.

3. Get Straight To The Point Without Gimmicks

Many millennials already have quotes from up to four competing sellers at the time that they walk through the door of a dealership. In this day and age, many younger auto buyers realize that they have the power and opportunity to leave a seller as soon as they hear something that they don’t want to hear.

Google’s statistics have shown that most adults in their early twenties tend to visit an average of 25 websites before they decide to purchase an automobile. This only reinforces the idea that an informative website is crucial for modern-day marketing. Auto sellers should also take note that young adults prefer quick responses to any online inquiries that they send through the seller’s website. Many young consumers wish to hear from the business immediately, not after several hours or days.

Hopefully, each neighborhood car dealer will eventually understand these modern ideas so they may earn the business of the next generation of consumers. Just like any other industry, automobile sellers will have to research the methods used by younger customers to shop for vehicles, and incorporate what they find into unique ways to market to that audience.

Ask Yourself: Are You Relevant?

I have been thinking about this for quite a while. Have you ever asked yourself the question: Am I relevant?

What does it mean to be relevant? When I ask myself this question I think of the people I look to when I have a question. If I reach out for an answer from someone; I must believe in one way or another they have relevance to the answer I want or need.

If I have a problem with my car, in most cases, I typically will not go to my banker for an answer. I don’t go to my banker because I do not feel this individual is relevant to my question. On the other hand, I would not go to my doctor if I wanted an answer regarding a Certificate of Deposit or CD (not to be confused with a music CD). And I would not go to my auto mechanic if I had a back problem.

When we have questions we look to those who can possibly help.

Taking the scenarios above one step further; I might go to my mechanic when I have a back problem if I’m looking for a referral and I know my mechanic recently experienced back problems and the doctor had remedied the situation. My mechanic just became relevant because of recent experience and knowledge of someone who might be able to help me.

The same goes for the other scenarios above; there may be relevance but a different kind of relevance; they may not have the answer, but may have the ability to lead you to the answer.

Now we go back to the initial question. Are you relevant? Do people look to you for answers to their questions? Do they look to you when they need a referral? Do friends, family, co-workers, customers, supervisors, etc. turn to you when they are looking for answers?

For example if you work on a manufacturing line, do people come to you with questions regarding the operation of the line; if so, at least this individual believes you to be relevant. In this manufacturing role; do supervisors or managers ever come to you with questions regarding the line or seeking advice on the operations of the line; if so, you are relevant to even more people and to people who may be higher than you in the organization.

Maybe the questions presented to you are not directly related to your job or maybe they are completely unrelated; meaning you are considered a relevant or reliable source about something other than your day-to-day work. You may have relevance because of a hobby, a sport’s interest, family experience, visiting a certain city or area of the country; whatever it is something where people look to you for answers; makes you relevant.

Why is this important; you may be trying to advance your career and being recognized as relevant can go a long way toward reaching your career objective or current goal? You may be starting a business and relevance to your customers is critical to the success of your business.

The information you possess may make you relevant to other individuals or groups that are attempting to solve a problem and you are able to expedite the process because of your knowledge. These individuals may be prospective customers, suppliers, business partners, or may simply be someone who works – as Malcolm Gladwell identifies in his book, “The Tipping Point” – as a connector; one who brings others together.

Possessing knowledge or additional information makes you special and makes you someone people want to know better, you have become a person of interest.

Combining the Love of Travel With a Home Based Travel Business

Merging the love of travel with owning your own travel business is perfectly doable!

Travel is an 8 trillion dollar industry and is expected to continue to grow in the next decade. It is a product that is always in constant demand. That means the world is your market!

Owning your own home based travel business will allow you to accomplish both goals. 1) Pursue your love of travel and 2) fulfill your dream of becoming an entrepreneur.

One of the great things about being a part of the travel industry is it allows you to become a student of the world. You learn about so many different cultures and political systems; see awesome and unique majestic scenery, landscapes and animal kingdoms. Not to mention, all the many ways in which to have fun!

You’ll be surprised just how easy it is to achieve your objective. One sure way is to become a certified travel agent. Certified travel agents sell travel that’s their business. They are an independent contractor. They also get to travel themselves at a significantly lower rate than the consumer. In fact, they are encouraged to do so. The more they experience the product they are selling, the more knowledgeable they will become. Remember, travel is a product and in business you have to know your product.

One thing to keep in mind though, travel is large. It’s impossible to be completely knowledgeable about all things travel. Therefore, it would be best if you focus on just a few targeted niche areas such as: cruising, wedding destinations, family vacations, etc. You should essentially become an expert in your perspective niche field. It could make you one of the most sought after agents in the business.

No experience is needed to become a certified travel agent. However, extensive training is required. In addition, hard work and persistent effort is a must. There are numerous resources in which to obtain training. You can enroll in a online home study course or attend college. However, the quickest and most direct way is to become an intern at an already established travel agency. Travel agencies are always looking for new recruits. A host agency will help you become certified and there is no license required..

If you are a highly motivated individual and are looking for a business opportunity that will allow you to become financially independent, then the travel business is an ideal choice.

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