Online house hunters value secure neighbourhoods

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Data on internet searches to rent, buy or sale property reveals that security is a top priority for potential home buyers when they are seeking to buy or rent property.

With 26.1 million Kenyans now online, the internet offers a great platform for real estate agents, sellers, landlords and potential tenants to transact business. Data on internet searches to rent, buy or sale property reveals that security is a top priority for potential home buyers when they are seeking to buy or rent property.

With the increasing reports of burglary, armed robbery and other cases of insecurity, it is understandable that many would want to be assured of their safety before buying or renting a house.

The clients will normally enquire about the developer’s  efforts to make the property secure. “Houses that have specifics like a perimeter wall, have enlisted the services of a security firm to guard the gates and have cameras installed are bought or occupied faster”, he said.

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By assessing online site visits, Prit, a property Agent at Dunhill Consulting arrived at the conclusion that people in Nairobi are willing to forgo the convenience and cost factor as long as they are assured of security. “A house may be available at a place closer to where they work but they will forego it the moment they hear there is no wall around it or there is a shop at the building’s ground floor”.

Lavington emerged as most popular for buying homes.

“Many people prefer Lavington because there is no room to erect all manner of buildings in that neighbourhood”, he said, “When people are buying a home they will live in forever, they run away from places that look like the next big investment area for apartments or flats, they want peace and quiet”, he said.

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