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Seven steps that demystify the property transfer process

The process of property transfer has become an ordeal to many Kenyans who hurriedly acquire property without following the right procedures, often leading to legal battles. The following are seven steps to ensure that the given property is transferred in the right way. Identification of property A buyer should seek the services of a reputable…

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Why you still need that professional estate agent when buying a house

The search for a house that meets your budget and interests can often be an arduous one. In fact, it can be an overwhelming and time-consuming process unless you don’t mind making home shopping a part time job. Although many people report that buying a house can be quite stressful, a professional estate agent is…

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How can you protect yourself from rogue landlords?

According to the Kenya National Housing Survey 2012/2013, up to 80% of Kenya’s urban dwellers are tenants. With home ownership a distant dream for a large number of people, tenant-landlord relationships are gaining greater prominence. Often times when house hunting, tenants tend to be in such a state of distress that they hurry and sometimes…

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Is low-cost housing by the government a pipe dream?

The Constitution of Kenya recognizes housing as a right under Article 43 (b) thus: “Every person has a right to accessible and adequate housing and to reasonable standards of sanitation.” Affordable housing is one of the President Uhuru Kenyatta’s big four action plan as he resumes office for his second term. As we are made…

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What determines the value of a property?

Many people wonder why one plot will command a higher price than the other or why one apartment will be sold at a higher price than the other in the same vicinity or even the same compound. In order to appreciate why these differences arise, it is important to understand the concept of value. Value…

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