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Investors identify opportunities in Nigeria’s real estate sector at $400bn

The housing deficit in Nigeria, estimated at 17 million units has created immense opportunities in the country’s real estate sector, making it a preferred destination for local and foreign investors. The middle to the lower-middle class market alone needs about four million housing units, representing about 20-25 percent of the deficit and Richard Nyong, CEO of Lekki Gardens Limited, estimates ...

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How NIPC aids foreign investment in Nigeria

The recent drop in global crude oil price and the persistent efforts of the Federal Government of Nigeria to diversify her economy and move away from overreliance on the oil and gas sector have made Nigeria a fertile ground for investments. In spite of the attempts of both Government and indigenous companies, the telecommunication, energy, tourism and hospitality, agriculture, security, ...

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HOUSING: FMBN approves mortgage loan for RSL

Resort Savings and Loans Plc says it has secured the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria’s approval for N1.5bn mortgages for more than 125 beneficiaries under the National Housing Fund Scheme. According to the mortgage bank, this comes amid the struggle by the nation to tackle the challenge of providing affordable housing for its citizens. A statement from the company quoted ...

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Upgraded Lagos City Mall attracts high profile tenants

As the upgrading of The City Mall, Onikan, nears completion, high profile companies are already taking tenancy at the Mall. Among the newest tenants are Genesis Cinemas, a leading Nigerian cinema brand, and Playzone, a fast growing family entertainment brand in Nigeria. Both companies recently signed a contract with Ibukun Efuntayo & Company, the property manager of The City Mall, ...

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Election postponement to have adverse effect on investors – LCCI

The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry has expressed concern about the negative impact of the election postponement on businesses and investors’ confidence. The LCCI, in a statement on Sunday, said investors needed to have an idea of the direction of the country’s political and economic governance in order to manage policy and political risks of investments. The President, LCCI, ...

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Developers drop property prices by 20%

A stable supply of choice homes without the commensurate demand in Nigeria’s high end property market is compelling real estate developers in this segment to drop rates by up to 20 percent. Also, operators in this segment, known for demanding rent in foreign currencies (dollars) now accept naira from prospective customers, this is according to a BusinessDay report. The developers ...

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STANBIC IBTC and experts solicit enhanced REIT transactions

In order to facilitate the establishment of an efficient and viable Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) regime in the country, experts have urged the authorities to fashion out a new tax regulation that will enhance equitable administration of value in the real estate sector. They also called for an urban planning processes to create an improved enabling environment, which will ...

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Innovative strategies for housing in Nigeria

African union for housing finance

Reducing housing deficits requires a number of essential ingredients to be in place to ensure a well-functioning housing finance system. This means achieving macroeconomic stability, effective legal and regulatory infrastructure, and ensuring appropriate levels of government intervention and support. In Nigeria with its underdeveloped housing finance systems or systems that only provide access to finance for high-income households, forcing low-income ...

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Falling Oil Prices: Nigeria may double VAT

The federal government plans to double its value-added tax (VAT) and cancel government projects if oil prices continue to slide. Coordinating Minister for the Economy/Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said this in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. According to OKonjo-Iweala, the country is reviewing some 6,000 ongoing projects to see which will be kept, delayed, or scrapped. ...

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Every developer is a Local Government – UPDC boss

Real estate developers are always confronted with the perennial problem of being responsible for the provision of basic public amenities that should ordinarily be provided by the government in the bid for developers to make the houses they are constructing livable. This was the view of Mr Hakeem Ogunniran, Managing Director of UACN Property Development Company (UPDC) Plc, who in ...

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