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Guide to Buying Property in Kenya: Step-by-Step Process

Posted by Shadrack Muuo Mutuku on February 28, 2024

Are you considering buying property in Kenya? Whether you’re a first-time buyer or looking to expand your real estate portfolio, navigating the property market can be an exciting yet complex journey. Understanding the step-by-step process can help you make informed decisions and ensure a smooth transaction. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through each stage of buying property in Kenya, from research to closing the deal. As your trusted partner in real estate, Azizi Realtors is here to guide you through the process every step of the way. 

Here’s a comprehensive breakdown of buying property in Kenya:

1. Define Your Needs & Budget:

  • Property Type: Are you looking to buy land, an apartment, a townhouse, or something else?
  • Location: Considering preferred area, proximity to amenities, and future development plans.
  • Budget: Determine your comfortable spending limit, factoring in purchase price, legal fees, potential renovations, and ongoing costs like property taxes and maintenance.

2. Secure Your Finances:

  • Cash Purchase: If paying upfront, ensure you have sufficient funds readily available.
  • Mortgage: Research loan options from different financial institutions. Consider factors like interest rates, loan terms, and required down payment. Pre-approval from a lender strengthens your offer. You can also reach us through a call or visit our offices at Lavington Mall where we shall guide you through the most preferred and affordable Mortgage plans.

3. Find a Reputable Real Estate Agent:

  • Experience: Seek an agent with experience in your desired location and property type.
  • Credentials: Ensure they are licensed by the Estate Agents Registration Board of Kenya (EARB).
  • Reputation: Read online reviews, ask for recommendations from friends and family, and interview potential agents to assess their communication style and knowledge.

4. Search for Properties:

  • Collaborate with your agent: Share your specific requirements and preferences.
  • Online platforms: Utilize reputable property listing websites and social media groups relevant to the Kenyan market.
  • Open houses: Attend open houses to get a firsthand feel for different properties.

5. Conduct Due Diligence:

  • Land Registry Search: Crucial to verify ownership, identify any encumbrances on the property, and confirm its size and location.
  • Physical Inspection: Schedule thorough inspections to assess the property’s condition, identifying any potential repairs or renovations needed. Consider hiring a professional inspector for a detailed report.
  • Legal Advice: Consult a lawyer specializing in real estate law to review contracts, title deeds, and any legal complexities involved in the transaction.

6. Make an Offer and Negotiate:

  • Formal Offer: Your agent will help you craft a formal offer outlining the proposed purchase price, payment terms, and any contingencies.
  • Negotiation: Be prepared to negotiate based on your research, due diligence findings, and prevailing market conditions. Your agent will guide you through this process and negotiate on your behalf.

7. Secure the Agreement:

  • Sale Agreement: Once an agreement is reached, a Sale Agreement will be drafted by the property owner or developer’s lawyer, outlining the terms of the sale, payment schedule, and transfer of ownership process.
  • Deposit Payment: Pay an agreed-upon deposit to demonstrate your commitment to the purchase.

8. Land Control Board Clearance (Applicable to Land Purchases):

  • For land purchases, an application for Land Control Board (LCB) clearance is required. This process involves background checks and verification of the seller’s right to sell the land. Your lawyer will handle this process. At Azizi Realtors we will guide you through this smoothly.

9. Transfer of Ownership:

  • Completion: Upon fulfilling all agreed-upon terms and receiving LCB clearance (if applicable), the property ownership will be transferred to your name. This involves updating the Land Registry and paying any necessary government fees and stamp duty.

10. After the Purchase:

  • Property Taxes and Maintenance: Familiarize yourself with ongoing property taxes and maintenance responsibilities by signing up for our monthly Webinar.
  • Insurance: Consider acquiring appropriate property insurance to protect your investment.

Additional Tips:

  • Remain informed: Stay updated on the Kenyan property market trends through local news, industry reports, and consultations with your real estate agent.
  • Be transparent and ethical: Maintain open communication with your agent, seller, and lawyer throughout the process.
  • Seek professional guidance: Don’t hesitate to seek clarification or further assistance from your lawyer or real estate agent whenever needed.

By following these steps and working with a trusted real estate professional like Azizi Realtors, you can navigate the property buying process in Kenya with confidence and make informed decisions. Remember, Azizi Realtors is here to support you every step of the way, ensuring a smooth and successful journey towards your dream property!

One thought on “Guide to Buying Property in Kenya: Step-by-Step Process

  • on March 3, 2024

    I’m amazed at the quality and depth of your content. Fantastic job!

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