According to the World Bank, Nigerians in diaspora; living abroad wired $22 billion home in 2017, making it the largest African record remittance and the fifth largest in the world. As the number of Nigerians in diaspora continuously increase, the desire to own property back home also increases. There are many reasons why you need to consider owning property back home. Here are a few:
There is no place like Home
Let’s face this: once you’re a Nigerian, you’re a Nigerian, even though you might not desire to live in Nigeria, it’s necessary to have something to your name back in Nigeria. A fundamental part of being connected to your roots is having a home back home. You could earn from it as well. You can also create an opportunity to reap in the future for you and your children. You can build a legacy.
Opportunity for Land Flipping
Land flipping is buying land at a relatively fair price and reselling after a period of time to make a profit. For example, you can buy a plot of land at Ikorodu for N700,000 and resell to another buyer at N1.3 million in a space of 6 months. Before considering to flip land, you need to take into consideration the location of the property. Certain areas like Lekki all the way down to Ibeju-Lekki are likely to appreciate faster than other regions.
An Additional Source Of Income
Investing in real estate is always a good idea especially as a long-term investment. Nigerians in the diaspora can acquire property for commercial or residential use. Whereby you can earn annual or monthly rents based on the agreement. For instance, you could acquire a property at Lekki phase 1 and redesign for commercial use to different vendors. When getting a property for commercial use, the rule of thumb is to get properties in centralized locations. The better centralized you are, the higher the rent you can charge. In the case of residential properties to rent out, location plays a great role too. It is always better to build in a growing area than a declining or saturated area. For example, it will be better to build at Sangotedo than Egbeda. The reason is, rent rates are subject to the laws of demand and supply. Also, certain areas attract value appreciation faster than others. You can effortlessly invest in real estate in Nigeria without having to relocate, as you can have all the necessary negotiations done online.
The Perfect Retirement Plan
Generally speaking, Lagos commands higher housing costs compared to other states in Nigeria and even West African countries. This stems from its constant growing population, leading to high demand for affordable housing. This need presents an excellent investment opportunity. You can invest in residential apartments or buy land to lease out or resell after a couple of years. This is one of the surest ways of building wealth for your family and as a retirement plan. Imagine if you had acquired property at the Ikeja, V.I or Ikoyi region 10-15 years ago. If you decided to resell the property in such a prime location today, you would earn a fortune. Today, Ibeju Lekki presents a fantastic opportunity to invest for the future.
Opportunities for Open Space Leasing
Open space leasing is one of the easiest ways to invest in real estate in Nigeria. All you need is to buy a property and remodel into a makeshift space or buy land and create a co-working space that can be leased out to different entrepreneurs for an agreed period of time. This is a win-win for you as your property appreciates in value, while you collect monthly or annual rents.
It is a Safe Investment
Compared to other types of investment in Nigeria like investing in agriculture or even stocks, real estate is more stable and safer. Property investments offer you double value; they increase in value over time and there are physical assets in your name.
If you’re still skeptical about investing in real estate in Nigeria, consider this:
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) recently released Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures for the second quarter of 2018 indicating that for the first time since the country’s exit from recession in 2017, economic growth was driven by the non-oil sector. Among the sectors that led the expansion in real term were the construction and slightly real-estate sectors.
You Don’t Need to be an Expert
Unlike any other venture, investing in real estate doesn’t necessarily require years of expertise or deep levels of knowledge. Anyone can invest in real estate. However, you must ensure you’re dealing with a transparent real-estate company or agent. Secondly, verify all property documents in connection to the property. Most of the verification process can easily be done by a family member or close friend living in Nigeria. If you’re concerned about choosing the perfect location to invest in, then you’re in luck as we have an in-house real estate consult who can walk you through the process.
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