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5th October, 2022

3 minutes, 7 seconds read

Top 3 locations to live as a young family in Lagos

The factors that people consider when deciding on where to live vary with the different stages of life of the individual(s) involved. Things like cost, taste and fashion, proximity to work and family e.t.c are top on this list of factors depending o demography, income level and lifestyle. For instance, the availability of clubs, restaurants and other lifestyle amenities, maybe a major consideration for a young person who enjoys nightlife. On the other hand, a 70-year-old retiree would most likely be more concerned about living in a safe neighbourhood with quality healthcare facilities.  

There are many things to think about and prioritize when choosing a place. Typically, your commute time and, ultimately, the quality of life for you and your family, are influenced by where you reside. Some factors are more readily apparent than others. For young families, figuring out where to live and raise children, especially in “the busy Lagos” can be challenging. We have considered a number of factors, including the availability of quality schools, recreation and health facilities, among others and have profiled the best 3 locations to raise a family in Lagos. While there might not be a perfect location that satisfies all of your demands, hopefully, these suggestions will help you make an informed choice that is right for you.

Lekki Phase 1

Lekki Phase 1 emerged as the number one young-family-friendly location in Lagos State. Historically, Lekki Phase 1 has built a reputation for housing some of the best schools, hospitals and recreation centres in Lagos. Towards the end of 2021, Edusko, an education marketplace did an analysis of top schools in Lagos based on their performance in the international and national examinations, performance in both local and international competitions (academic and extracurricular), as well as their alumni achievements in recent years. Based on the analysis, Lekki Phase 1 houses 31% of the schools that fall within the top 25 schools in Lagos. With respect to healthcare, Lekki Phase 1 is also home to approximately 13% of the top 25 hospitals that we profiled in Lagos. Additionally, Lekki Phase 1 also has more than 20% of family/kid-centric recreation centres in Lagos including Upbeat and Fun Factory.

Ikeja GRA

Coming second on the ranking is Ikeja GRA. The Government Reserved Area is particularly notable for housing some of Lagos’ best hospitals and clinics, including the recently launched 72-bed Duchess Hospital on Joel Ogunnaike Street. Other notable hospitals in the neighbourhood include Reddington Hospital, Eko House Hospital, and Genesis Specialist Hospital, among others. Based on our analysis, Ikeja GRA is home to 12.5% of Lagos' best schools, 25% of the State’s best hospitals, and up to 20% of the City’s best recreation centres. Outside its serenity and good road network, Ikeja also has the most family-friendly restaurants, grocery stores and a lot of fun places for you and your young family to bond.

Ikoyi

Ikoyi is notably expensive, but if you are looking for a place where your kids can meet the children of the big wigs in society, then it might just be the best place. Gleaning from our analysis, Ikoyi emerged as the 3rd best location to raise a family in Lagos. With 9.4%, 12.5% and 20% of the best schools, hospitals and recreation centres respectively located here, Ikoyi is an ideal location to raise kids, with a quality of life that is almost at par with what you will find in some of the most advanced cities around the world. 


Closing thought

Barring concerns about high rental/property value, and some other personal nuances, Lekki Phase 1, Ikeja GRA and Ikoyi are the top 3 locations to raise your family in Lagos. In the end, the location you choose will be the one that checks off enough of your own requirements. Having said that, we hope that some of the three factors we've outlined in this piece will be helpful to you the next time you're trying to pick where to reside.

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26th September, 2022

2 minutes, 52 seconds read

Surging Inflation and how it is impacting the Lagos Residential Rental Market

In the last 12 months, Nigerians have referred to the economic situation as very daunting, especially for new renters in Lagos. With inflation surging over 20% in August 2022, the economic climate has not been very favourable for most low to middle-income earners in Nigeria. As the rising cost of goods and services continues to drive people to spend more in exchange for fewer items, Nigerians are constantly looking out for opportunities to cut down their expenses. 

One way we have seen this play out is in regard to new leases. Over the last half year, our interaction with real estate agents in Lagos has shown that existing tenants who before now considered moving to new apartments are reconsidering. The reasons for this move seem obvious. Cost! When we dug deeper, we found out that moving at this time can cost you almost twice what it will take to continue in your current space, and prospective renters have come to this realization. But why is this?


Rent has surged over 20% in the past 12 months.

If you are looking to rent a new apartment, it is most likely that you will spend 20% more for the same type of apartment in the same location than you would have one year ago. For tenants who have stayed long in their old apartment, the percentage increase will likely be more than that. Where the apartment is newer, especially with modern amenities, the additional premium being charged by Developers and Landlords can go as high as 30% or more depending on the location. When considered holistically, this additional rental burden is a major discouragement for people looking to relocate or move into newer apartments.


Agency commission, legal fees and caution deposits can cost as much as 50% of the rent.

In most parts of the world, traditional estate agents' fees range from 0.5% to 5%, depending on the value of the transaction and negotiating power of the parties. In the UK for instance, the range is 0.75% to 3% according to MoveWise, a UK-based real estate advisor. In the US, the commission is usually between 4% to 6%. Across most African cities, the percentage is higher and can range between 5% and 10%. We have found that for residential rentals especially of less than 10m value, most agents usually insist on a 10% agency commission. In some locations around Lagos, they can go as high as 20% for rental properties of less than a million. In addition to this, a 10% legal fee is usually mandatory, and some landlords can charge as high as 20% extra as a caution deposit. The impact of this is that it shoots up the total amount that prospective tenants end up paying for new leases, and has been a major discouraging factor for most prospects.


The additional hassle of moving and settling in can be very daunting in busy Lagos

Relocation costs can make things worse, but outside the financial cost, the hassle that comes with it wears out quite a number of people. Based on a sample relocation cost quote we got from Packmyload and a number of other Nigerian-based logistics companies, it costs a minimum of 150,000 to move furnishing items in a 2-bedroom apartment in Ikeja to Lekki Phase 1. Judging from the average rental price data that we are currently tracking Lekki Phase 1, this means that a prospective renter will need to pay between 5% and 10% of the rent on logistics.


Closing thoughts.

When considered individually, these costs may be insignificant but can sum up to almost the same amount that a prospective tenant is paying as rent, or even more. What has been your experience with renting a new apartment in Lagos? Share with us by sending a DM or commenting on our social media handles. 


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19th September, 2022

3 minutes, 18 seconds read

To rent or to buy - 3 reasons renting can be a better choice irrespective of financial capacity

In most parts of the world, there is so much prestige attached to owning a home. In a research publication by NOI Polls in 2013, 85% of Nigerians who were surveyed, indicated that they would like to own their own personal houses if they had access to a mortgage. While owning a home may appear attractive to a number of people, renting may be a smarter choice for several reasons. Outside the upfront financial implication that comes with an outright purchase, evolving work and lifestyle cultures can are make renting an accommodation more attractive than purchasing. In this article, we dig into the implications of home ownership across multiple countries, providing reasons why renting could be a better choice for you than purchasing out rightly.

 To start with, the rental cost in most cities is rising as property price continues to surge

Around the world, the rule of thumb in regards to renting an apartment is that a household should spend 30% or even better less than 30% of its annual income on accommodation. In some places in the UK, Australia and US, some households are spending closer to 50% of their annual income on rent, and in Lagos, our research has shown that some households especially in Lagos could be spending up to 70% of their net annual income on rent.

Although 68% of the world’s population currently own their homes as reported by RentCafe, more people across the world are becoming cost-burdened by rent. As property prices continue to surge, more people are less likely to afford to buy their own homes, making renting a more sustainable option. Let’s take a closer look at the other factors associated with home purchases. 

It will cost an average earner in Nigeria almost a lifetime to save up to purchase a property

 

Buying property is also very expensive and almost impossible for most of the world’s population to afford without aid. In even moderately priced places across the US, it will take median wage earners approximately ten years to save for a 20% down payment, according to Libertina Brandt of Business Insider. According to research from Unison, it will take the average earner up to 12 years to save up the down payment for a property in Columbus, Ohio.

The average earner in San Francisco will need to save for about 40 years, and those timespans extend significantly farther for people who want to reside in even more pricey locations. Even though renters might need to put down a security deposit, it will almost certainly be significantly less than a down payment and closing charges. In Nigeria and across most African cities, it will cost an average earner almost a lifetime to save up to purchase a property, and renting can be more sustainable than purchasing for many people.

Renters don't have to pay property taxes

Outside the initial cost of purchasing a home, there are also annual recurring expenses that are typically borne by landlords. One of such is government taxes and levies on real estate. This can range from stamp duty to annual rental income tax and can significantly push up the costs associated with home ownership. Stamp duty can range from 10% to almost 15% of property value or more in most countries. Even when the owner decides to sell, the gains realized on the asset is also subject to taxes, and can range from nothing to 30% in most countries. Outside the financial burden, the process of administering these taxes is sometimes very complex with very detrimental repercussions for non-compliance. 

Renting provides more freedom and flexibility as to where to live

A research article by McKinsey reported that 35% of the American population across all kinds of jobs, in every part of the country and sector of the economy, including traditionally labelled “blue collar” jobs in 2022, have the opportunity to work from home five times a week. Across the world, the global workplace has evolved. Geographic location, academic qualifications and other traditional considerations for employment are becoming less important and employees now have more flexibility to work from anywhere in the world.

 

With this trend, renting an apartment for most people may be an ideal decision against buying. With most jobs allowing for remote working, renting provides you with the flexibility to relocate to any country of your choice, without having to bother about disposing of your home or the pain of buying a new home in your new country of residence.

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12th September, 2022

4 minutes, 52 seconds read

Nigeria's Top Residential Locations and what is making them alluring for HNIs

It is no news that the residential housing landscape varies largely across the country. Though Nigeria has remained a low-income country since its independence in 1960, its residential market accommodates projects across all residential classifications with a reputation for hosting some of the world’s most expensive estates. In different buckets across the country, one can find residential estates that cater to the affordable, middle-income, deluxe, luxury and even ultra-luxury segments of the market. What is even more interesting is that Nigeria’s ultra-wealthy locations have consistently made it to the global radar of high-end residential markets, becoming case studies for major real estate teaching institutions across the world, including the University of Reading and Havard Business School. We did a deep-dive on 5 of Nigeria’s ultrawealthy projects, and their allure to investors. 

➢     Rent and sales prices of apartments across Nigeria's ultra-wealthy neighborhoods are typically priced in dollars.

➢     Banana Island in Lagos and Maitama in the FCT, Abuja, houses Nigeria’s top 1% and are reputable for being the playground of High Networth Individuals, Expatriates and Nigeria’s Political elites.

➢     Estates in the top 1% category enjoy rare design and functionality privileges including underground power systems, sewerage and security.

NAF Harmony, the restrained zone for the wealthy in Port Harcourt 

Harmony Estate in Port Harcourt is developed by The Nigerian Air Force Housing and Construction Company Ltd (NAFHCC), a subsidiary of the Nigerian Air Force Holding Company (NAFHC). NAFHCC according to the Nigerian Airforce was set up to provide ‘’affordable post-service houses that are decently finished, functional and accessible to the personnel of the Nigerian Air Force’’  

To date, NAFHCC has built 5 other estates in other parts of the country, including NAF Valley Estate in Asokoro among others. Projects by the NAFHCC are typically 60% occupied by Air Force officers, while 40% are made available for the general public, who are mostly top government officials and expatriates.

The Harmony Estate stands out among other projects in Porthacourt in many ways and is reputed to be one of the most conducive, secure neighborhoods in Port Harcourt with uninterrupted power supply. The average price of a parcel of land in Harmony Estate is ₦133,000 per square meter. The average rental and sales price of a 5-bedroom house in the estate stands at ₦5,000,000 annually and ₦250,000,000 respectively. 

Maitama, the Playground of Abuja’s ultra-wealthy 

The Maitama District is situated in the North-Eastern part of the Abuja Municipality and is bordered to the South by Aguiyi Ironsi Road and to the North by Murtala Mohammed Way. The area is known for its expansive luxury homes that are also notoriously pricey. Despite the investment requirements, Maitama has a good blend of mixed-use with a lot of commercial activity in squares and independent stores, especially along major streets like Gana Street. Several government parastatals including the Nigerian Communications Commission, National Universities Commission (NUC), Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Central Affairs Commission, and National Youth Service also have their headquarters in this region.

A few European and Asian embassies, like those of Spain and Belgium, are also located there. Due to its exclusivity, Maitama is notable for being the playground of the ultra-wealthy people in Abuja who buy apartments and houses there. A notable attraction for rich people in Maitama is the IBB International Golf and Country Club located inside the exclusive Maitama Avenue. The most expensive location in Maitama is the Madeira estate, formerly Shell Imani. The average price of land in Maitama is ₦347,000 per square meter. The average rental and sales price of a 5-bedroom house in the estate stands at ₦18,000,000 annually and ₦455,000,000 respectively.  

Asokoro, the rich kids’ domain 

Maitama is another upscale residential location in Abuja that is notable for housing the presidential villa. The region has a mix of residential and commercial usage zones and is home to important landmarks like the World Health Organization, the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), the secretariat of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the ECOWAS Park.  

High net worth individuals and government officials live in this neighborhood reportedly because of its reputation for security. Its western, southern, and northern boundaries are the Central Business District, Garki Phase 2, and Maitama, respectively. Like Maitama, properties in Asokoro are expensive and typically priced in dollars. The average price of land in Asokoro is ₦142,000 per square meter. The average rental and sales price of a 5-bedroom house in the estate stands at ₦11,000,000 annually and ₦350,000,000 respectively. 

Victoria Island, home of the much-revered Eko Atlantic City 

Some of Nigeria's highest-calibre residential developments are located in Lagos's upper-middle-to-high-income suburb, Victoria Island. In addition to numerous streams and lagoons, it borders the Atlantic Ocean in the south, giving several neighborhood projects a view of a lagoon. An upscale neighborhood with easy access to Ikoyi, Lagos Island, and Lekki Phase 1 is Victoria Island. Several embassies are located in the region, which is the main business centre of Lagos.  

Numerous national and international organizations and companies also have their headquarters here. Major commercial developments in Victoria Island include the Nestoil Tower, Churchgate Tower, and Standard Chartered Bank HQ Building, among others. A few sizable leisure and hospitality complexes also include the Twinwaters entertainment Center, Four Points by Sheraton, and the well-known Eko Hotel and Suites. Recently, the area has gained even more prominence, being the home of the popular Eko Atlantic city. The average price of land in Victoria Island is ₦500,000 per square meter. The average rental and sales price of a 5-bedroom house in the estate stands at ₦10,000,000 annually and ₦300,000,000 respectively. 

 

Ikoyi, more specifically, Banana Island 

Ikoyi, the wealthiest district in Lagos, and arguably the entire country is primarily populated by high-net-worth individuals, including politicians, corporate executives, and foreign nationals. It is the location of some of Nigeria's finest business, hotel, and residential structures, including 4 Bourdillon and the upcoming Cuddle project. Across all property typologies, Ikoyi is notably pricey, making it a location that only the ultra-wealthy in Nigeria can afford. 

Ikoyi's residential developments are frequently valued in US dollars, and some of the most well-known in the neighborhood include Cuddle by Cadwell, No. 4 Bourdillon, Tango Tower, and The Ultimate Apartments. Most importantly, however, Ikoyi also houses Banana Island, Africa’s most expensive residential estate. Based on data that we have on BuyLetLive, the average price of land in Ikoyi is ₦950,000 per square meter. The average rental and sales price of a 5-bedroom house in the estate stands at ₦25,000,000 and ₦800,000,000 respectively. 

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12th September, 2022

2 minutes, 43 seconds read

Why You Should Consider Investing Your 13th Month Salary in Real Estate

As we all know, real estate has been a very viable sector in Nigeria for some years now, who would have thought this will be possible in a country that has always focused on oil and gas for wealth creation for decades. Fortunately, the narrative has changed, thanks to technology and real estate.

According to one of our most recent data published on www.buyletlive.com statistics shows that price volatility in the Nigerian real estate market is due to the overwhelming demand and supply imbalance, especially in Lagos. What this tells us is that there is an abundance of opportunities in the Nigerian real estate market for those who are willing to invest because there is an obvious need for properties which seems to continually grow. With around a million people coming into Lagos on a daily basis (according to Lagos State Government Data Base) for both commercial and other purposes, the demand for land, accommodation and office spaces is always on the high side, this is where we see an opportunity for investment to solve a rising challenge and put some money in your pocket.

While only a few developers and real estate companies can solely build structures on their own, there are many other realtors and developers who are willing and open to take your money to put up structures while you get ROI over time. Due to the exponential success recorded in the Nigerian real estate space in the last decade, returns are certain to be very reasonable, unlike uncertainties that investment in financial instruments present.

Now, the next question would be how do you invest as a ‘small’ income earner? My 13th month? Why invest your 13th month salary? Isn’t this salary supposed to be for some extra enjoyment during the Christmas and new year season? Shouldn’t you save this money ahead of a very long January? Yes, these are all valid questions, but which would you prefer, saving up your money to spend on things that have no value later on or investing it and getting almost double of it or even double in the future? The later seems like a much better choice. Whilst not every employer pays the popular 13th month salary, a reasonable number still do and if you happen to be amongst the fortunate employees, you should take advantage of this idea of investing that money into real estate. From some research we made, it was discovered that real estate companies usually create discounted juicy investment opportunities during the Christmas season, as a form of market strategy to get more people into the real estate space, while this is good business for them it is also very rewarding for an investor on the long run.

Generally, cost of living is assumed to be on the high side during the Christmas season, and there is always an unspoken rule and pressure to spend hugely and celebrate the season, it is usually a period when most families get the time to see one another after so many years, there is usually a higher number of flights tickets sales during this period, however, whilst all these things counts as good memories, you must remember that there is life after the celebration and an opportunity to expand wealth must not be thrown out the window.


So, whether your 13th month salary is 100%, 50% or less of your salary, you must start considering investing it in real estate this year. Remember, you have just three months before December 2022, we trust you to make the wise decision and earn a big smile in the future.

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9th September, 2022

4 minutes, 0 seconds read

Why real estate in other states cannot match Lagos

In many African countries, there seems to be an imbalance in the spread of growth seen in commercial cities compared to the rest of the country. By this, we mean in terms of GDP across all sectors and industries. Looking critically into the real estate market there’s an obvious gap that keeps widening even further. For instance, the performance of the real estate market in Cairo, Nairobi, Cape Town and Kigali, far outstrips what you will find in other states in Egypt, Kenya, South Africa and Rwanda respectively, and the list goes on.

This is understandable, and even in Nigeria, there is a much bigger and more obvious disparity. Except for Abuja, of course, the playground of the country's big wigs (expatriates, diplomats and high-net-worth individuals), and Port Harcourt, the country's oil hub, no state’s real estate market can boast of anything close to what Lagos does. This is interesting because even in other African countries, especially South Africa and Egypt, the gap is not as wide as what you will find in Nigeria. For example, there is still a close match in real estate market performance in Capetown, Pretoria, Bloemfontein, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and a few other provinces across South Africa. 

While Lagos is definitely getting a number of things right, the uneven allocation of key national resources puts the state in a very advantageous position over others. A number of factors explain this tilt:

Lagos’ economic prowess makes it a difficult match

Lagos is home to Nigeria’s Financial Services Sector, a major hub for the Capital and Money Market housing 97% of Commercial Banks’ Head Offices and over 200 financial institutions operating within the state. Lagos is referred to as the commercial nerve of Nigeria. The state also boasts of 29 Industrial Estates and 4 Central Business Districts, attracting over 70% of Nigeria’s industrial investment. It is also home to the nation's chief ports including the Apapa and Tin Can Island ports that receive up to 70% of total national cargo freight. 


In terms of entertainment, aviation, and even financial performance, Lagos also leads the rest of the country. Over 50% of Nigeria’s Public Telecommunications operators (PTO/GSM) are residents in Lagos, and this city also has the busiest international/regional aviation hub in the country. For context, the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja attracts over 70.61% of international and 58.30 % of domestic traffic, and Lagos’ Internally Generated Revenue accounts for over 60% of the State’s annual budget, no state in the country does anything close to this.

Of course, real estate market performance draws so much from what is happening with the overall economy. Lagos, in particular, has been able to thrive in real estate, largely because other sectors of the State’s economy are working, at least, better than the rest of the country. In the real sense of it, Lagos is not only big in the context of Nigeria. The City is also one of the largest economies in Africa. But there’s more to why Lagos keeps leading the rest of the country in real estate performance. Let’s get a little deeper.

Lagos occupies only 0.13% of Nigeria’s 923.768 square kilometre land area but houses more than 10% of the country’s population. This seemingly small city’s GDP is reportedly more than 30% of the country's GDP. However, in terms of real estate performance, some key factors put its real estate market in a more advantaged position. One of those is the quantum of its budget that goes into infrastructure.

 In terms of budget, Lagos spends more on infrastructure than any other state in the country

Infrastructural development to a large extent influences the real estate market and is one of the biggest value drivers across all real estate subsectors. People who are looking to buy properties either for owner occupation or for investment need to be certain that there is access road to the property, electricity connection, water supply, and good schools for their kids. In terms of what goes into infrastructure projects, Lagos spends over 18% of its annual budget building roads, bridges, and everything that makes life conducive for its residents. Compared to the rest of the country, this is over 152% more than the percentage spend for other states in 2022 and 122% more than the percentage spend on the national infrastructure budget.

Investors need returns, and like every other investment, people who are deploying capital in Nigeria’s real estate market, will only do so in States where there is economic traction, and Lagos happens to be that state in Nigeria. As the real estate market in Lagos reaches its peak, there is a dire need for real estate markets in other states need to grow much more. So, what is the Way forward?

 Closing thoughts

 We need to open up other cities for growth.  Nigeria needs new models of development and infrastructure allocation. The presence of infrastructure and the overall economic impetus of a region is the fuel needed for real estate to thrive. To achieve this in other states in Nigeria, we need to democratize the allocation of core resources. By doing so, we are helping Nigeria's second-tier cities to reach their full potential, and once this is achieved, economic opportunities will be extended throughout the nation, and the real estate market in other states can begin to see more traction.

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6th September, 2022

2 minutes, 17 seconds read

3 Important Items to Add to Your Due Diligence Checklist

As a general rule, prospective homebuyers understand the basic sense of due diligence. In simple terms, “look before you leap”. Legal due diligence which usually takes the most focus is only one of the important aspects. Full scope real estate due diligence is complex with many aspects to it. In broad terms, there are legal, financial, environmental, technical, cadastral, market and tax aspects to consider.

Out of these, Property value positioning within the local environment, professional home Inspection requirements and future market value are essential but often overlooked. You need to add them to your due diligence checklist. The challenges that arise in not properly investigating these details tend to bite on the tail after purchase is complete. If you are familiar with property acquisition in Nigeria, then you understand how frustrating this can get.

Property Value Positioning – Is the price right for this property?

When you consider the local market where the property is domiciled, are the parameters in your favor? This step in due diligence is the Local Market Value evaluation. You will need to take a look at the history of the price movements in that area. Rental value, capital appreciation, yield & ROI, market trends, and others are great options to start with.

You can enlist the help of a real estate consultant who is familiar with the terrain to pick out the fine details on your behalf. The outcome of your activities in this step can even place you in a better position to review your offer and negotiate more favorable terms for the purchase.

Professional Home Inspection – Are you really getting what you see?

This is an offshoot of cadastral due diligence. It involves an onsite inspection of a property’s condition and structure by qualified professionals like Civil Engineers, Structural Engineers or Building Engineers. You need a thorough assessment to ensure the construction was done to specification in the building plans, that the land registry documents and title deeds correspond accurately with each other to give a true representation of the plot and property.

Basically, separate the fancy physical look from what’s on paper. Is this building durable in the long term?

Potential Future Valuation- Can I make money from this property in the future?

This bit is encouraged on the basis of planning ahead using the market realities. Should you decide to sell in the future, how valuable will this property be? For example, if you were to put up a 3-bedroom flat for sale in Lekki, what factors now influence the amount of work you need to do to get the property up to standard and if losses arise, are there options to create a better deal for yourself?

You need to determine your holding period and consider various trends related to it that will affect future pricing.

As always, remember to enlist the help of professionals when purchasing a property. At BuyLetLive, we have properties for sale and Lands for sale in Lagos and other parts of the country. We can help you inspect property documents and fulfil certain aspects of search requirements for properties. Reach out to us on +234 913 103 7985 or visit here to get started.


5th September, 2022

2 minutes, 56 seconds read

Nigeria's GDP drops for the 4th consecutive quarter. What does this mean for the property market?

Since the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS) started tracking the real estate and construction sector in Nigeria, we have seen very strong correlations between the performance of Nigeria’s GDP as a whole, and the real estate services and construction sectors. Typically, as in most economies, the real estate services and construction sector amplifies the performance of the overall economy. Particularly, we have seen these sectors perform much better when the economy is booming and also dropping significantly during periods of recession. Since Q2:2021, Nigeria’s GDP had dropped 13% Quarter on Quarter, and because it has an impact on Real Estate and Construction, we are concerned about how this will affect the performance of the property market in the coming quarters. In this article, we will be discussing the sector that has performed in the past, and what to expect in the coming future, but before we dive in, let us get some background from the numbers.  

The telecom deregulation/GSM introduction in the early 2,000s alongside the Banking reform in 2015 positioned Nigeria’s market for growth. 

With the establishment of the Decree 75 of 1992, the telecommunication industry in Nigeria saw massive liberalisation that ushered in the creation of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and opened up the terminal end equipment market to competition and private sector involvement. The impact of this was the extinction of the NITEL regime, which was characterized by poor communication service. Although NITEL still retained its monopolistic rights, new players were able to come into the country and spurred phenomenal economic growth between 2,000 and 2005. This was further exacerbated by the introduction of the Global System for Communication (GSM) in 2001 which brought Econet (now Airtel) and MTN into the market.


In 2005, the Federal government in an attempt to reform the banking sector, introduced the Bank Consolidation Policy. In particular, it took steps to address safety, soundness, and accessibility in the banking sector, by lowering entrance barriers, liberalising lending and savings rates, establishing an interbank foreign currency market, deregulating interbank lending, and privatising a number of banks and financial institutions. This reform alongside the telecom deregulation stabilised the economy between 2005 through 2014 before the economy took a negative turn. To date, the Nigerian telecommunication and banking sector is now a significant economic driver for the country, accounting for more than 34.2% of the entire market capitalization of the Nigerian Stock Exchange's equity market (NSE).  

Even though the NBS just started tracking in 2013, there is sufficient evidence of strong ties. 

Data from the NBS depicts that even though sector contribution has been relatively stable, the growth rate is still low. In economics, the nominal value is measured in terms of money invested in a sector. A real value is one that has been adjusted for inflation. 

In terms of the performance of the Nigerian Real Estate and Construction sector in nominal terms, the sector has seen growth over the period, but the impact has historically been eroded by inflation. The 2016 recession and the COVID-19 pandemic further pushed the industry into negative territory and have remained low ever since.

 

While the future may look unexciting judging from the past performance of the real estate and construction sector in real terms, the emergence of technology is driving phenomenal growth. Additionally, we expect that the come-back rush will continue to provide an additional boost to construction GDP in the coming quarters. Like other conventional industries, real estate has not altered much in recent years, but the emergence of Protech companies is a sign that it is beginning to evolve. We are happy to see Nigerian businesses flourishing in the wake of the new technological wave and are leveraging technology to disrupt and enhance the way we buy, rent, sell, plan, construct, manage, and make choices on property investments and we are excited to be playing a key role in driving the sector to prosperity.

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29th August, 2022

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Nigeria's GDP growth drops for the 4th consecutive quarter. What does this mean for the property market?

Since 2013, there has been very strong correlations between the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS)’s report on the performance of Nigeria’s GDP as a whole, and the real estate services and construction sector contribution. Typically, as in most economies, a growth in the overall economy influences a higher growth in the real estate services and construction sector. The same applies when the economy is in a period of recession. Since Q2:2021, Nigeria’s GDP had dropped by 13% Quarterly on an average, and because it has a different impact on Real Estate and Construction, it raises some concerns on how the sector is impacted. We assessed performances in the past and looked at expectations for the sector.  

The telecom deregulation/GSM introduction in the early 2,000s alongside the Banking reform in 2015 positioned Nigeria’s market for growth. 

With the establishment of the Decree 75 of 1992, the telecommunication industry in Nigeria saw massive liberalization that ushered in the creation of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and opened up the terminal end equipment market to competition and private sector involvement. The impact of this was the extinction of the NITEL regime, which was characterized by poor communication service. Although NITEL still retained its monopolistic rights, new players were able to come into the country and spurred phenomenal economic growth between 2,000 and 2005. This was further exacerbated by the introduction of the Global System for Communication (GSM) in 2001 which brought Econet (now Airtel) and MTN into the market.

In 2005, the Federal government in an attempt to reform the banking sector, introduced the Bank Consolidation Policy. In particular, it took steps to address safety, soundness, and accessibility in the banking sector, by lowering entrance barriers, liberalizing lending and savings rates, establishing an interbank foreign currency market, deregulating interbank lending, and privatizing a number of banks and financial institutions. This reform alongside the telecom deregulation stabilized the economy between 2005 through 2014 before the economy took a negative turn. To date, the Nigerian telecommunication and banking sector is now a significant economic driver for the country. The banking sector accounts for more than 34.2% of the entire market capitalization of the Nigerian Stock Exchange's equity market (NSE).

 Data from the NBS depicts that even though sector contribution has been relatively stable, the growth rate is still low. In economics, nominal value is measured in terms of money invested in a sector. A real value is one that has been adjusted for inflation.

In terms of the performance of the Nigerian Real Estate and Construction sector in nominal terms, the sector has seen growth over the period, but the impact has historically been eroded by inflation. The 2016 recession and the COVID-19 pandemic further pushed the industry into a negative territory and has remained low ever since.