An apartment building in Lavington, Nairobi County

Kenyans bought more apartments than bungalows and maisonettes between October and December 2018, The Kenya Bankers Association (KBA) House Price Index Q4 shows.

According to the report, uptake of apartments grew 64% from 27.03% in Q3 to 76.3% in Q4 to beat the uptake of bungalows whose uptake plunged 67% to 12.1% from 37.84 in Q3.

Buyers also shied away from acquiring maisonettes with sales plummeting 67% to 11.6% from 35.1% in Q3.

KBA’s report attributed Kenyans’ preference for apartments to affordability meaning that money was the biggest determining factor in the choice of house that buyers acquired during the period under review.

“The extent of dynamism in homeowners’ preferences with respect to house types reveals the rapid shifts in preferences among homeowners and the rise in demand for apartments should be seen in light of its affordability to home buyers given the lower cost of construction per unit on the developers’ side,” reads the report.

Price and location where developers acquired land to construct the apartments was also key as the houses were cheaper in the lower segment cadre making it easy for buyers to acquire.

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Besides the pricing, the age of the house, number of bedrooms, number of floors and the number of bathrooms were the other factors that buyers carefully considered before choosing which house to buy.

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