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State Of Affairs: Nigerian Real Estate In Focus – Q3, 2023

Welcome to the 7th Edition of REMNs – Nigerian Real Estate: X Files. 

In this edition, you will get the highlight of major events that have taken place in the Nigerian real estate market spanning the third quarter of 2023.

So strap in, get your popcorn, and let’s get into this exciting edition of REMNs – Nigerian Real Estate: X Files.

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The Nigerian real estate market experienced mixed performance in the third quarter of 2023, with some positive and negative trends emerging.

Market Performance:

  • The real estate sector contributed 5.58% to Nigeria’s GDP in the third quarter of 2023, slightly higher than the 5.29% recorded in the second quarter.
  • The construction sector, however, recorded impressive growth, In terms of its contribution to the total economy, the construction sector made up 3.36% in the third quarter of 2023. This is a bit more than the same time last year and more than the immediate past quarter, fueled by continued government investments in infrastructure projects.
  • The residential market witnessed a slowdown in activity due to several factors, including high inflation, currency depreciation, and rising interest rates.
  • The commercial real estate market also saw a decline in demand, particularly for office spaces, as companies continued to embrace remote work arrangements.
  • However, the industrial and logistics sector remained resilient, driven by the growth of e-commerce and increased demand for warehouse space.

Key Events and Trends:

  • Mortgage Market: The mortgage market continued to face challenges, with limited access to affordable financing remaining a major obstacle for potential homebuyers.
  • Shift towards alternative funding: With traditional mortgage financing limited, developers increasingly explored alternative funding sources like private equity and joint ventures to fuel projects.
  • Proptech: The adoption of PropTech solutions has been further accelerated, with new platforms and technologies emerging to address various needs within the industry.
  • Sustainability: Sustainability has become increasingly important, with more developers and investors incorporating eco-friendly practices into their projects.
  • Urban Development: The government launched new initiatives to address the housing shortage in major cities, focusing on affordable housing and urban regeneration projects.
  • Legal and Regulatory Environment: The government introduced new policies aimed at improving transparency and reducing corruption within the real estate sector. Moreover, the implementation of current regulations can be observed to diminish undesired occurrences such as the frequent incidents of building collapses, which have emerged as a recurring concern.

Regional Insights:

  • Lagos: The Lagos real estate market remained the most active in the country, with continued demand for luxury and mid-range residential properties.
  • Abuja: The Abuja market slowed down, with reduced activity in the commercial and residential sectors.
  • Other Regions: Major cities like Port Harcourt, Ibadan, and Kano also witnessed some notable projects and investments, indicating growing interest in regional markets.

Challenges and Opportunities:

  • Economic Challenges: Inflation, currency depreciation, and interest rate hikes remain major challenges for the real estate market.
  • Housing Shortage: The growing population continues to outpace housing supply, particularly in urban areas.
  • Infrastructure Deficit: The lack of adequate infrastructure, such as roads, power, and water, is hindering development in some areas.
  • Investment Opportunities: Despite the challenges, there are still opportunities for investors in the Nigerian real estate market, particularly in niche sectors such as healthcare, education, and logistics.

Looking Ahead:

The Nigerian real estate market has the potential for significant growth in the coming years, driven by its large population, rapid urbanization, and growing middle class. However, addressing the key challenges and seizing the emerging opportunities will be crucial to unlocking this potential and ensuring a sustainable and inclusive real estate sector for the future.

Moses Oyong
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Moses Oyong is a luxury real estate advisor with a passion for arts and culture, music, fashion, and all things luxurious. With a keen eye for beauty and attention to detail. I strive to help my clients find their dream homes that reflect their unique sense of style and taste whilst providing them with the right information to ease the stress of the decision-making process.

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