Frequently Asked Questions
Am I Ready to Be a Homeowner?
Buying a home is one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make. Our team can help you determine if you’re ready to purchase a home and then develop a personalized plan to help you do just that.
Reviewing basic information about your current financial situation
– Obtaining and reviewing your current credit report
– Determining your ability to qualify for a mortgage at this point in time
– Establishing a housing affordability range for a home purchase price or mortgage limit
– Identifying programs that may assist you in purchasing a home
– Developing a home buying plan, outlining steps you can take to qualify for a mortgage
Is Renting or Buying Better?
Renting a home
The advantages of renting
Renting a property gives you more flexibility to move quickly
Renting a property can be arranged quicker than buying a home
Renting carries a lower financial risk than buying
By renting, you won’t have to worry about maintenance or repairs
By renting, you may be able to live in an area where you couldn’t afford to buy
The disadvantages of renting
By renting, you’re paying off your landlord’s mortgage rather than your own
It’s harder to put down roots and settle in an area when you’re renting
A rental property isn’t yours – so you can’t decorate or make changes
Your rent could increase when your tenancy is due to renew
You won’t benefit if the property grows in value over time
Buying a home
The advantages of buying
Buying a property means you have an investment for the future
You could benefit from capital growth in your home over the long term
It’s your home – so you can decorate it and make changes that suit you
You have the added security of owning your own home
The mortgage you pay may be cheaper than rent
The disadvantages of buying
Buying a home comes with a lot of additional costs
Owning a property can make things complicated in the event of a spousal break-up
Interest rates can go up, which means you may end up paying more on your mortgage
What Is the Lender's Formula?
LENDERS IN Kenya are mostly banks, all provide three major types of mortgage facilities to their clients
- Employed persons
- self-employed and partnership
- limited and investment companies
What Do I Look for in Homes?
- Homestyle and size
- Home amenities
- Quality of schools
- Taxes and cost of living
- Size of the property
- Homeowners’ association (if applicable)
Do I Need a Home Warranty?
Yes, it is advisable that the developer provide a warrant that he can fix or repair any issues that may arise within the first year or within an agreed timeline.
Why do you need to conduct a Search?
- To ascertain the ownership of the property
- To check the property for any encumbrances
- To check for any land rates that may have accrued.
If it’s a company or land buying company, obtain the CR12 from the Registrar of Companies to ascertain that.
- The company is still in existence.
- Who are the directors of the company.
What Is Land Survey Plan
A land survey plan is a specialized map of a parcel of land. It determines and delineates boundary locations, building locations, and physical features. The plans are issued by the Ministry of Lands and Physical Planning through the Department of Survey
WHY IS LOCATION OF PROPERTY IMPORTANT
The location of the property should be such that many things should be nearby like market, railway station, airport, school, college, etc. If all or most of these places are nearby, the buyer will not face any problem, as he will be able to get everything nearby. This will lower down the expenditure on transport. If parks and gardens are nearby, he can take his children for a visit.
What you need to know:
- Property is a long-term investment so you cannot afford to go wrong. Therefore it is important to know as much as possible about the market so that you know the trends that determine the best time to buy.
- It is prudent to heed the saying, “knowledge is power”, because it will enable you to negotiate with the seller and make a decision from an informed position.
- A buyer has more leeway to negotiate for low prices during the early stages of the project’s development since the seller is desperate to repay the loans he or she took so that he or she can begin the project on time as well as raise cash for the continuation of the project.
Types of Real Estate
There are several types of real estate, each with a unique purpose and utility. The main categories are:
Land is the baseline for all types of real property. Land typically refers to undeveloped property and vacant land. Developers acquire land and combine it with other properties (called assembly) and rezone it so they can increase the density and increase the value of the property.
Residential real estate consists of housing for individuals, families, or groups of people. This is the most common type of estate and is the asset class that most people are familiar with. Within residential, there are single-family homes, apartments, condominiums, townhouses, and other types of living arrangements.
Commercial property refers to land and buildings that are used by businesses to carry out their operations. Examples include shopping malls, individual stores, office buildings, parking lots, medical centers, and hotels.
Industrial real estate refers to land and buildings that are used by industrial businesses for activities such as factories, mechanical productions, research and development, construction, transportation, logistics, and warehousing.
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