Showing posts with label market. Show all posts
Showing posts with label market. Show all posts

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Lekki outpaces Ikoyi, others as most prized real estate market

With a phenomenal growth driven by a combination of factors including expansion of Lekki-Epe Expressway, proposed Lekki International Airport and Deep Seaport, the Lekki corridor in Lagos has been identified as one of the most prized real estate markets in Nigeria, outpacing Ikoyi and Victoria Island.

Current market trends in the corridor shows its uniqueness in that properties are available for all types of income earners—the high, upper middle, and budget buyers.

Olayinka Omotosho, a chartered surveyor, who gave these hints in his paper titled ‘Real Estate Business Dynamics in 21st Century with Focus on the Lekki-Epe Axis’, noted that this axis has the largest concentration of new wealth on the African continent,  catapulting many families to the rank of the nouveau riche.

Omotosho, who was a lead speaker at the first Lekki-Epe Real Estate and Business Conference in Lagos recently, called for more investments in Lekki in order for investors to create wealth for themselves.

The conference paraded an array of speakers including Kayode Omotosho, executive secretary of the Mortgage Banking Association of Nigeria (MBAN); Bode Araba, principal partner of EPDM Nigeria, and Godspower Omozusi, the principal partner of GP Omozusi & Company, a firm of estate surveyors & valuers.

The lead speaker took a critical look at modern real estate business, saying, “21st Century has often been referred to as the era”. He explained that many companies are now able to do more business using the internet, adding that more clients are more knowledgeable of the property market these days.

“The introduction of blogs, products, social media like facebook, twitter and smart phones have allowed for more interaction between professionals and their clients, beyond what was previously obtainable”, he pointed out.

According to him, new technology has brought about interface between clients and professionals, sophisticated marketing, globalization of the local property market and the need for due diligence to verify information given on the internet.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Actis $1.5bn investment in Nigeria, others’ property market targets middle class

Actis, a private equity company, will lead investment of as much as $1.5 billion in African commercial property to meet rising demand from international companies targeting a growing middle class, its officials have revealed.

The London-based company has a five-year plan to invest in projects including shopping centers, office towers and industrial parks in fast-growing economies such as Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya.
Kevin Teeroovengadum, director of Actis’ sub-Saharan Africa real estate unit, revealed recently in an interview in Johannesburg that the company is seeing a shift in interest from South African brands to European retailers.

Michael Chu’di Ejekam, Teeroovengadum’s counterpart in Nigeria, had noted in Lagos that African market is “huge, under-supplied and growing”, adding that there is a sharp demand-supply imbalance which they are trying to bridge.
“This is sub-Saharan Africa and in comparison with some other markets, it is one of the fastest growing in the entire world. Africa dominates the list of the fastest growing economies in the world”, Ejekam, who spoke in an interview with BusinessDay, said.
African Development Bank’s annual outlook also notes that Africa’s economy, excluding Libya and Somalia, is forecast to expand 4.5 percent in 2013 and 5.2 percent next year amid a rise in oil and mining projects and direct investment from foreign companies.
Teeroovengadum points out that Nigeria, the continent’s most populous country, grew 6.6 percent in the first quarter while South Africa, the continent’s biggest economy, expanded by an annualised 0.9 percent.
Actis has raised about $1.4 billion across seven Africa funds since 2003, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The company is also pursuing deals in South America and Southeast Asia in sectors including energy and technology.

McKinsey & Co. says in a 2010 report that Africa is home to the world’s youngest and fastest-growing population, predicting that household expenditure in the continent is forecast to expand 63 percent to $1.4 trillion by 2020. Shantayanan Devarajan, World Bank’s chief economist for Africa, said in May last year that “this is a very good time for retailers to get a foothold in Africa.”
In Nigeria, Ejekam notes that within 8-kilometre radius of Ikeja City Mall in Lagos, household expenditure is about $18,000 per annum per household, adding that with about one million households within this radius, household expenditure per annum is about $18 billion. “For us as private equity investors, we find this very compelling”, he said.

This is the number of jobs the Federal Government is proposing to create on a yearly basis.
The Information Minister, Labran Maku said it is part of a deliberate policy to expand the Nigerian economy.
With an average official rate of unemployment put at about 18 million adults or about 23 percent of the adult population, it would take the Federal Government an average of 49 years to absorb all the unemployed even if the unemployment rate remains unchanged.
What this clearly shows is that the creation of jobs will have to go beyond what the Federal Government can do directly to enable the private sector also create jobs.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Lagos actions to guard investors in property market

Plans are underway by the Lagos State government to protect the interest of real-estate investors and everyone through sanitisation and regulation of the actual estate market, Kehinde Abayomi, director of estate in the state ministry of housing, has said.

Abayomi, who represented Bosun Jeje, the state commissioner for housing, at the opening ceremony of the ninth edition of the Luxury Living Africa Property Exhibition, said the move was necessary to help curb the excesses of dubious real-estate agents who defraud investors in the sector.

“Real-estate agents must register with the state before they could be licensed as the sanitisation process may also involve screening and training of accredited estate agents within the metropolis,” he said.

Organised by Campaign Hype, the exhibition created a platform for trade promotions, exploring of investment opportunities, networking and market development for all stakeholders in the actual estate sector.

The expo also afforded property developers opportunity to showcase their recent products to prospective customers. “The aim of the exhibition is to display innovative real-estate products as Nigerians now see real-estate as new hub for investment after the crash of the stock market,” said Ike Steve, head, organising team.

“The growth of Africa's real-estate industry within the last six years has been impressive, signalling that the entranceway for opportunity and innovation has opened right in Africa; the need for a platform where new real-estate products could be showcased is important,” he explained.

The event also provided a platform for stakeholders to go over and chart the way in which forward on what investors can benefit from the mini property boom on the continent at present.

A number of the exhibitors at the expo include Rainbow Town Development Limited, developer of Rainbow Town, Port Harcourt; Vava Furniture, Howard Roark Multi Dynamics Limited, developer of Lakeview Park; Beaufort Properties, developer of Beaufort Ridge, Accra, and Kano Emirate Council, developer of Ado Bayero Royal City, Kano, etc.