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Why You Should Invest in Kangundo Road

 

Kangundo road is located 59km from Nairobi which is a one-hour drive from CBD. Towns along the road include Ruai, kamulu, Joska and Malaa. Many people working in Nairobi have either built a home in one of those places or have rented a house there.

Here are 4 fascinating reasons why you should consider investing along kangundo road:

Kangundo road expansion

The expansion of Kangundo Road was started by the Kenya National Highway Authority at the beginning of the year. The road is anticipated to extend to Kangundo Town in Machakos County from Caltex Umoja, off the outer ring-ring road.

Both the commercial and residential sectors will benefit from the expansion. The number of real estate developments on kangundo road has greatly increased since the extension was announced. The cost of land has also increased.

Affordability

When compared to comparable locations like Rongai and Kitengela, the prices of land and homes are currently significantly lower.

One location is Twin falls City in Malaa, where bungalows sell for as little as 6.5 million while 4-bedroom mansions cost 8.85 million

The earlier you invest the better for you.

Safety and privacy

The majority of estates are gated communities. The extensive fencing and restricted entry convey a level of exclusivity unmatched in other areas, implying security. Residents can enjoy their pastimes pleasantly and privately without interruption thanks to the estate’s amenities. Some states have increased CCTV surveillance to keep an eye on questionable activity.

I would advise investing in such gated communities for the safety of both your family and your visitors.

Accessibility

From the CBD, Kangundo Road may be reached quickly via Mombasa Road or Thika Road.

It’s only 100ksh via bus.

The Bottom Line

A rise in commercial and residential gated properties has been caused by the continuing building of the  dual-carriage . Every day, the demand is increasing. Prices rise as demand rises. The better time to invest is now.

 

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List of schools along kangundo road

Are you new to kangundo road? Are you planning to live there? Below is a list of notable primary and secondary schools along Kangundo Road.

  1. Mission of hope schools Joska 
  2. Brookshine Schools
  3. Mukalwa Junior Academy Primary School 
  4. Magodo Complex Primary School 
  5. Tala Academy Primary School 
  6. Kwaken Primary School 
  7. Uthini Academy Primary School
  8. Mt Sinai Primary School
  9. Nguluni Countryside Education Centre Primary School
  10. Niceview Academy Primary School
  11. Lusam Glorious Primary School
  12. PCEA St. Pauls Education Centre 
  13. Newday Valley Academy 
  14. VickMery Schools 
  15. Twin Birds Academy Ruai 
  16. St. Mary’s Preparatory 
  17. Jubilant Junior School 
  18. Jasipa Primary School
  19. Elimu House Ruai
  20. Alimus Learnfield Academy 
  21. Josnah Schools 
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How does inflation affect real estate?

 

Inflation is the increase in prices or the increase in the cost of living in a country. The inflation rate in Kenya has been alarming, From 5.1% in February to 7.9% in June 2022. For 2022, projections indicated annual average inflation at five percent in Kenya, above the rate projected in other African countries. This is partly affected by the war in Ukraine and the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic.

The real estate sector will be affected in the following ways;

 Higher mortgage rates

The mortgage rates rise in tandem with the rate of inflation. When loan rates are low, more people borrow, which increases their disposable income. As a result, inflation increases. Consumers will often save more money than they spend as central banks raise interest rates to combat inflation because the gains from higher interest rates are more alluring. It is anticipated that by reducing consumer spending, inflation will drop. In Kenya, the monetary policy committee increased the rate by 50 basis points to 7.5% in May 2022, the first increase since July 2015 to curb inflation expectations.

Increase property value

Following ongoing Russia’s onslaught on Ukraine, there have been fears about supply. The price of key construction materials, including steel, paint, and cement has shot up due to local shortages. According to business daily, the prices of steel in the international market have moved up by around Sh15,390 per tonne since February 2022. Locally, a kilo of steel has risen to Sh180 from 100 while a bag of cement has moved from 600 to 1000. If this continues the property value will also increase.

Increasing Rents

While some people view inflation as a negative, investors view it as a positive. For those looking forward to investing in rental property now is a good time. For landlords, inflation is a positive thing because it will enable them to push rents up. There is also an opportunity for mortgage lenders If they increase the monthly rent while maintaining the same mortgage payment, you will have extra cash on hand. Having said that, investing in real estate now may present landlords with more chances down the road.

The Bottom-line.

It can be difficult for investors and property owners to navigate the effects of inflation on real estate. Depending on your viewpoint, inflation can be both harmful and positive. Fortunately, Mintvilla Housing is capable and willing to assist you. Contact us on 0711082929 or 0708888222 or email us at info@mintvillas.co.ke.

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How to do an online title search

How to do an online title search

According to Huduma Kenya, a title deed is the only proof of land ownership. Before customers buy a real estate property, they ask for a title deed search to establish the actual owner before making an offer. There are two types of title deeds: 

Freehold -where the landowner has the maximum rights to the land without any time period or any other restrictions. 

Leasehold– This is a type of title deed where the ownership and use of the land are capped at a maximum of 99 years. At the end of the lease period, owners pay to extend the lease. 

Therefore, when purchasing a property always inquire what type of title deed the property has. 

How to do an online land search in Kenya 

To determine the legitimacy of your property you have to conduct a title search. It only costs  Ksh 500. You can do this through the E-Citizen platform. 

  1. Sign in or sign up to the E-citizen platform
  2. Click on the Ministry of Land, Housing & Urban Development link and choose the land search option
  3. Enter the title number and fill out the online land search form Kenya and submit.
  4. Confirm details and pay.
  5. Print the results.

Importance of a title search

A title search will help you determine; 

  • The owner of the property  
  • The land use -whether it’s agricultural, commercial, or residential 
  • Any encumbrances on the land such as court orders  
  • The exact location of the property 
  • The nature of title-freehold or leasehold 
  • Size in hectares 

 Bottom line 

A title deed is the most important document of a property. Don’t be conned in this era. Ask sellers for the title copy at the comfort of your house. At Mintvilla Housing we have ready freehold title deeds. Contact us on 0711082929 or email us at homes@mintvillas.coke  to book a unit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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List Of All Best Mortgage Lenders in Kenya

 

The following is a list of top institutions in the country that offers mortgages;

 KCB Bank

You can borrow from KES 100 million with up to 90% for owner-occupier,80% for income-generating properties, and 70% for plot purchase. The interest rate is 13.3%.

ABSA Bank of Kenya

Financing up to 90% financing with a repayment period of up to 25years

Stanbic Bank

Up to 105% finance of properties below Kes. 20M and up to 100% finance for construction of single residential houses below Kes. 20M.The payment period of up to 20 years

Standard chartered bank

You can borrow up to KES 100 million, with up to 100% financing and a long tenor of up to 25 years. The interest rate is 12.2%.

NCBA

It offers Up to 105% Financing of property value or market price. The maximum term of up to 25 years. NCBA mortgage loans are offered in Kenya in Shillings, Dollars, Pounds, and Euros.

EQUITY 

The loan amount is based on the customer’s ability to pay. The loan period is up to 180 months (15 years) and the  financing Margin – up to 100% financing.

HF Group

It offers up to 90% financing of the property value with an interest rate of 13%. The maximum repayment period is 20 years.

Citibank Kenya

Citibank offers fixed and adjustable-rate mortgages. The annual interest is 12.5%.

Gulf bank 

Gulf bank provides home financing solutions for property in any major city or town with flexible financing and repayment plans. It’s based on the Diminishing Musharaka Sharia’h Agreement. The repayment tenure is up to 20 years.

Bottom line

Consider your budget and long-term financial goals when determining the best terms for you. A longer payment period may appear appealing, but keep in mind that the interest rate will be higher than on short-term loans. It is important to note that the amount offered by banks does not include stamp duty, legal fees, negotiation fees, valuation fees, or insurance fees.

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4 Ways to Make Your Living Room Pop

The living room is where most interactions happen. It acts as a reception for guests. It’s where we relax after a long day at work and watch TV. It is therefore undoubtedly the most important room to consider when decorating a house. Decorating your living room should display who you are as a person or as a family. Here are 5 simple ways to make your living room stand out.

choose a color scheme

A color scheme cannot be chosen using a formula. What emotions do you want to elicit? Warm colors like orange and yellow trigger feelings of happiness, optimism, and energy. Cool colors (green, blue, and purple) evoke feelings of calmness, security, and trust.  Black symbolizes power, luxury, and mystery, whereas white denotes minimalism and simplicity. Consider colors that reflect your personality. Make certain that the colors you choose complement one another. You can find free color wheels on the internet. Do your research, use apps like Pinterest, and come up with the best color scheme.

Choosing furniture

Furniture is also an important aspect of the living room. It takes up the most room. The furniture should not only fit your home but also allow for movement. Before buying, make sure you have the correct measurements. When it comes to quality, don’t compromise. Set a budget and make sure to shop around for the best deal. Choose a color that complements your color scheme. I would suggest using neutral colors and choosing a material that is also easy to maintain. Above all, choose furniture that is warm and welcoming.

Lighting

We have natural and artificial lighting. They are both significant. In a living room, lighting not only improves mood but also increases safety. Lighting also brightens up dark rooms. Always measure to ensure that lighting fixtures fit properly. Consider the weight as well. Designer Billy Ceglia suggests that if it’s light and airy, it’s best to size up, whereas if it’s dark and massive, sizing down is a better option.  Lighting can be a focal point in your living room too. Chandeliers, for example, can serve this purpose. Experiment with what works best in your living room.

decorative items

These are esthetically pleasing items you can add to your house to make it look exquisite. The items you choose should fit and blend in with the space in terms of color and texture. Choose unique and quality items to bring that elegant aura. Décor items include:

  • Mirrors
  • Rugs
  • Plants
  • Wall art
  • Clock
  • Books

The bottom line

When it comes to the living room, collect items that are unique to you, and your home will become a story. A house’s items should communicate with one another, as well as respond to and balance one another. Above all, let your living space mirror your style and taste. For more information contact us on 0711082929 or email us on homes@mintvillas.co.ke.Let us know what you think on the comment box below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 Financial Habits you Should Cultivate.

Do you know that it will only take you 10 years to attain financial freedom if you start now? Fascinating as it may sound here is how you get started;

Budgeting and tracking your finances.

You should be aware of where all of your money goes. Tracking is as simple as writing down your daily expenses and analyzing them at the end of the month. Budget once you’ve defined where your money goes. You can apply the 50/30/20 rule, which states that 50% of your money should go toward needs and essentials, 30% toward wants, and 20% toward savings. Another option is to pay yourself first, take care of the necessities first, including savings, and then spend the rest of the money on wants. You could also use budgeting apps. Whatever method works best for you in the long run.

Saving

If you are considering early retirement, you should save at least 20% of your income. Saving money usually necessitates setting a goal. What are your objectives? Is it a down payment on a house, a vacation, or even education? The next step is to prioritize your goals and assign a time limit to them. Automating your savings is a good way to save. This will keep you from being tempted to ‘steal’ from yourself. Is there any unnecessary spending you should eliminate? Eating out and shopping without planning are two examples. The only difficult aspect of saving is getting started. Begin right away!

Get a side hustle

Is there a business idea you’ve been putting off for a while? Is there anything you can do in your spare time to earn money? Determine what you enjoy doing and what you are good at. Start a side hustle.  It will not only increase your income but will also allow you to meet your financial goals faster.   Consider the time you want to take on that side hustle and ensure you balance it with your full-time job and personal life; if all appears to be going well, add another side hustle.

Living below your means

living below your means spending less money than you earn. For example, if you earn Ksh 35,000 but only spend Ksh 30,000, you are living Ksh 5000 below your means. Living below your means teaches you financial discipline. Every expenditure will be deliberate, and You will have the capital to invest. You’ll be amazed at how confident you’ll become in managing your personal finances once you start reaping the benefits of living below your means.

The bottom line

Financial freedom calls for discipline and sacrifice. It may seem like a struggle when you start but you will enjoy the fruits of your labor in no time. The earlier you start the better for you. If you need any financial advice kindly contact us on  0711082929 or email us at homes@mintvillas.co.ke

 

 

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3 Simple Ways to Budget For your finances

 

Budgeting is the process of planning how you spend your money. It is merely a comparison of how much you bring in and your expected expenses monthly or quarterly or yearly. A budget is important because it helps you determine your spending plan and in turn, shows you where you should limit your spending and what you can afford to spend more money on. There are three ways you can budget:

  1. Zero-Based Budgeting

This is where you have to write down and budget where every shilling goes ahead of time. This method is good for people who feel like they are not in control of their money. The following are simple steps for creating a zero-based budget

  1. Write all fixed expenses and their cost
  2. Write all expenses that vary and their costs
  3. Add fixed and variable expenses and deduct them from your monthly income
  4. The remaining amount is divided between savings, financial goals, and entertainment or whatever you may need

2.50/30/20 Rule

This rule had its origin in the book All Your Worth by Elizabeth Warrant. The 50-30-20 rule is a straightforward template that helps you in budgeting for your finances.

50% of your income-Needs

These are the bills you must pay and things necessary for survival. They include the following:

  • Food
  • Transport
  • Rent or mortgage
  • Electricity
  • Water

30% -Wants

These are expenses that will advance your lifestyle/non-essential expenses. You can live without them though. They include:

  • A new phone
  • Television
  • New home décor
  • Eating out
  • Entertainment subscriptions
  • New clothes

20% -Savings

The remaining 20% can be used for savings or to pay off debts if you have any. It depends on your ultimate goal. Whether it is to buy a house, education, or anything that you may be aiming for.

3. pay yourself first method of budgeting

Last but not least is the pay yourself reverse budgeting strategy where you take care of the necessities first including savings and then spend the rest of the money on wants, stress-free.

The following are the steps to pay yourself first;

  • Note or calculate your monthly income
  • Add the money you spend on needs and that for your financial goals
  • Deduct the sum above from your monthly income
  • Enjoy the leftover money stress-free

The Bottom-line

Budgeting can be hectic but once you figure out which method works for you, then you are good to go in achieving your financial goals. Do not wait to start, start now. Have you budgeted for a house? It is not too late. The dream homeownership can be achieved easily if you know how to manage your finances. For more advice and information contact Mintvilla Housing +(254) 711 08 29 29 or email us at homes@mintvillas.co.ke

 

 

 

 

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Am i eligible for a mortgage loan?

Kenyans Earning Less than KSh 150k Eligible for KSh 549 Million Mortgage Loans from Co-op Bank

The Kenya Mortgage Refinance Company (KMRC) has given Co-operative Bank a KSh 549.8 million for onward lending. Co-operative Bank will lend the amount to home buyers, thus boosting its mortgage availability and loan accounts Pay attention.

The bank received a KSh 549.8 million loan from KMRC in June 2021 to finance affordable housing mortgage loans. Under the deal, Cooperative bank will lend the money to home buyers earning less than KSh 150,000 per month at single-digit interest rates.

The lender will see mortgage loans increase to KSh 749.8 million upon lending the whole amount received to home buyers.

The move by the lender will boost mortgage availability and loan accounts, which recorded a 3.7% decline to 26,971 in December 2020 from 27,993 in December 2019. The loan from KMRC represents 1.3% of the bank’s total borrowed funds worth KSh 42.9 billion as of December 2021.

The deal between the two parties would increase mortgage uptake and boost homeownership rates in Kenya, which currently stands at 21.3% in urban areas as of 2020, compared to other African countries such as South Africa and Ghana at 53.0% and 47.2%.

The move is also in addition to KMRC’s aggressive efforts to provide affordable home loans to Kenyans through various strategies such as debt sourcing and corporate bonds.

 

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Investing In Real-Estate

Did you know that the Diaspora remittance inflows by June 2021, amounted to USD 305.9 million? This, in comparison to a study done by Central Bank in 2017 where the remittance was USD 143.9 shows a remarkable increase in investment. Most funds are sent to relatives with real estate, food, education, and health. If you currently live and work abroad one of the best ways to put your money to good use is to invest in real estate. But before you do, here are 5 key things you need to ponder:

What is your plan?

  If you don’t plan, you plan to fail. Having clear strategies in place will deter you from making mistakes that could result in financial loss. Looking forward to investing? Reflect on  the following questions to determine your goal:

  • What is Your Financial Goal?
  • What type of property do you wish to invest in?
  • Which is the best location to invest in?
  • Are you looking to buy a house to live in or rent out?

Should You Seek Finance or Invest Your Own Money?

What is your budget? How much can I afford? Am I going to take out a loan? How much do I have saved for a down payment? The answer to these questions depends on your goals. While cash is King and may land you the best deal, a mortgage gives you flexibility. There is a variety of financing options in the Kenyan market that are tailored to different customers ranging from banks to Saccos. The choice is yours.

What professionals do I need onboard?

Real estate investment is a complex project that requires you to sign contracts and go through procedures. You may need a lawyer to run you through that. To get value for your money you may also bee need to hire a quantity surveyor to determine the real value of a property if the property meets quality standards and the estimated maintenance cost of the property. Lastly, a real estate agent will save you the hustle of finding a house of your preference.

Are you working with a Legitimate Real Estate Agency?

Because real estate investments are risky, do your homework. How do you know you are dealing with a legit real estate company? Consider the following

  • Can someone view the site? Can they hand you a copy of the title to do a title search? Do they have a physical office? Where?
  • What’s the company’s portfolio. Do they have previous successful projects?
  • Do they have a lawyer that oversees the signing of legal documents?
  • What are the customer reviews concerning the company? Can they be trusted?

Conclusion

Real estate is a long-term investment. Take your time, and analyze before investing. Ask friends, consult professionals and grow your network to get more information. Remember, it’s normal to have uncertainties: the process becomes easier once you understand your goal and get the right partners.

Get in touch with Mintvilla today to make this dream a success. Call 0711082929  or email us at homes@mintvillas.co.ke