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Are Virtual Tours finally going to see an increase in adoption during the lockdown?

The COVID-19 pandemic has come with a devastating effect on most sectors of the economy. The Real Estate sector is one of those hit hardest by the lockdown. Construction has been halted on all sites, developments are being stalled as a result of the exchange rate volatility and agents are having difficulty closing deals. While […]


Real Estate Investment Opportunities for Young Professionals

In an economy like Nigeria’s, it has become increasingly difficult for the ‘average man’, especially younger people, to get ahead financially. People tend to believe that they must have made a large amount of money before they can start investing. Many others believe that the investment space is too complicated, volatile and has a high […]


Why has Nigeria’s Real Estate Service Sector has been in recession for 9 consecutive quarters?

The end of Q1:2018 marked the 9th consecutive negative growth quarter for the Nigerian real estate service sector and its worst quarter in over 5 years. Why? To begin with, the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS) tracks the performance of the sector by recording the sum of fees and commissions for services rendered through data […]


Hotel groups address lengthy development periods in West Africa

West Africa has been at the heart of the continent’s growth and economic transformation in recent years.  Notwithstanding the sharp slowdown experienced in 2016 and 2017, the region’s economy is expected to rebound in 2017 onwards.  Commodity-based economies, like Nigeria, are slowly recovering from the fall in oil prices and oil production, while countries like […]


#EAPI2017 Roundup: Unpacking the East African Hotel Market

The East Africa Property Investment Summit was held on the 5th and 6th of April, 2017, at the Radisson Blu Upper Hill, Nairobi.  The hotel-focused panel at the conference featured some key speakers from the hotel industry on the continent, namely:  Andrew McLachlan, Senior Vice President, Carlson Rezidor Group, South Africa; Lasse Ristolainen, Development Director, Hilton […]


CEO panel at Berlin Hotel Conference discuss hotel trends

At the recently concluded International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) held in Berlin, the “CEO Debate” panel underscored the need for hoteliers to remain agile, flexible and responsive to changing guest needs.  The CEO panel included Puneet Chhatwal of Deutsche Hospitality; David Kong of Best Western Hotels & Resorts; Stefan Leser of Jumeirah Group; Simon Naudi […]


Agbaje or Ambode – Who’s Better For Real Estate in Lagos?

With less than a week left till Lagos’ hotly contended elections between Jimi Agbaje of PDP and Akinwumni Ambode of APC, we would like to embark on a fact presenting exercise to see which candidate may be better for Lagos’ real estate sector based on what was presented in their manifestos and more. Both Manifesto’s […]


What a Buhari win means for Nigeria’s economy

On the eve of the election of General Muhammadu Bahuri as the next President of Federal Republic of Nigeria, Yvonne Mhango, the Sub-Saharan Africa Economist at Renaissance Capital published an analysis of what his appointment could mean for the country on How We Made It In Africa. It touches on implications to the macro economy, potential challenges that may be faced, […]


Opinion: 6 Challenges facing the Nigerian REIT Industry

Last month I attended a roundtable discussion organised by Stanbic on the Nigerian REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) sector, where investors, stakeholders and regulators attempted to tackle the key problems currently being faced. The 3 discussions, ‘Asset Acquisition and Valuation Considerations’, ‘Creating Successful REITs’ and ‘Land Acquisitions and Physical Planning’ though very interesting, illustrated to me […]


Research Note: Analysis of Nigeria’s Newest REIT

Here’s a short research note with a few thoughts on the new REIT, Haldane McCall Real Estate Investment Trust. Haldane McCall owns The Suru Group, a private limited company focused mainly on residential developments and the hospitality sector in Lagos. They have already commenced an initial public offering, which will be closing on the 14th of January next year. IPO Background & Strategy They are […]


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