Factors to consider when buying a house and how it can affect your child’s development
Steps to buying a house can be very daunting and discouraging. It takes lots of mental strength and patience to buy the right home. Several studies show that the home a child is raised in can affect their cognitive and socio-emotional development. Factors like pollutants, noise, crowding, chaos, housing instability, school and the quality of neighbourhood can play a key role in a child’s mental and emotional development. For instance, numerous studies reveal that chronic noise exposure early in childhood can interfere with reading acquisition. Another study linked overcrowdedly or poorly maintained apartments to aggression, anxiety and depression during the early stages of development. A disruptive or unsuitable housing environment can induce stress at an early stage, triggering a host of developmental problems like slow or poor language development, deficits in reading, impaired cognitive development and a host of other issues.
Of course, how a child turns up doesn’t depend solely on the home you buy. It is a complex mix of factors mainly genes and environmental influences. However, how the family is structured and the factors to consider when buying a home can have a profound effect on your child’s well-being. Beginning from infancy and running through adolescence.
What does this mean to parents or intending parents?
Before choosing where to live or which home to buy, consider the long-term effects your neighbourhood will have on your children. The neighbourhood here includes the environment at your home, interaction with other neighbours and the overall ecosystem of the community you choose to live in. For instance, although there are many exceptions, kids that were raised in the barracks back-in-the-day tend to have certain character traits. The Barracks were usually crowded with loud noises, invasion of privacy and in some cases a lot of adult exposure. This sort of environment affected a child’s understanding of the world and how things work.
Here are some of the ways the environment can affect your child’s health and development:
The quality of the home a child is raised in can either improve or deteriorate the health of a child. In situations where the family’s at the brink of homelessness or eviction, neglect of the child is common. Also, consider the costs of housing in relation to other factors like food or health care. You need to make sure you don’t go broke from buying a house and then be unable to pay for other basic necessities.
Where your house is located should not be underestimated. When it comes to buying a home, don’t simply inspect the house, examine the locality as well. What is the area known for? What kind of neighbours would you have?
You definitely wouldn’t want to live close to neighbours who party into the night or close to a car park that’s always rowdy.
Tips for buying the perfect home for your family
Buying a home to raise a family is a bit complex than just buying a regular house as an individual. An individual may settle for almost anything but kids require a lot more attention and a stable environment. Consider having a decent home as a vaccine that gives your child resilience and immunity against future threats. These tips include the following:
Location is everything. You could find an incredible house at a perfect price but it could still be unsuitable if it’s located in an unstable neighbourhood. You may think you can keep the stuff you don’t like outside your walls but they usually find a way to creep up the walls.
The location of the home you’re buying should be top priority. Consider the following questions: Does the area have safety issues? What’s the distance to school? What are the available health facilities? Is there access to shops? Are there provisions for extracurricular activities like a playground for kids? What’s the demography of your neighbours?
Pay a little less attention to trivia things and focus more on getting the right features that would help you and your family feel safe and properly nurtured. You will feel more confident as a parent and homeowner.
Choose the right Amenities
Evaluate the functionality of the home. Consider the size of your family in answering questions like; is the kitchen and dining room space sufficient? Is the laundry room spacious enough to fit a washing machine? What about the number and placement of sockets and doorknobs especially if you have an infant?
Is the closet large enough? Can you conveniently place a cabin for extra storage? If you value outdoor activities, is there a yard? How easy is it to clean the house?
A house with glass walls may not be very practical or suitable for a family with young kids.
Safety and Size
The size of your family determines how much room you need. Determining the right size for a family typically depends on preference. Certain building designs may actually be dangerous for your infant child who would crawl wondrously around the house. Consider the layout, fixtures and furniture in the house. Find out if built-in closets or cupboards can trap your toddlers inside or are the stairs safe?
Do countertops, tables and shelves have sharp, dangerous corners? Are the wiring and sockets out of reach or at least childproof? Is there an open pool nearby?
Safety concerns also extend beyond your house. Ask around for information about the crime rate of the area. How close is the house from a major highway? Is traffic moderated? Are the streets safe for kids to cross? Do drivers slow down or do they ignore road signs?
Are there any factories or other sources of pollution that may affect your children’s health?
The answers to these questions will determine to a large extent the well-being of your children and your peace of mind.
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If you forget the hassle of moving boxes; moving into a new home can be quite exciting; new neighbours, new home… a fresh start. Every new neighbourhood has something unique to offer and as a newcomer, you need to explore every single expectation of your new community. Before choosing where to buy a new home, here are some essential questions to ask when evaluating if it’s a good fit for you and your family:
Imagine moving into an estate that seems serene and quiet only to find there’s a club being built two blocks away from your house. It’s worth finding out the master plan of the estate you’re moving in. Ask to see the master design if possible, to help you choose a suitable location for your house or apartment. Also, checking out whether there are any planned developments fills you with a positive expectancy for the future especially if the estate is still being constructed. Find out if there’s provision for:
Central powered generators
Treated running water
Playground for kids or a clubhouse and recreation centres etc.
Are you going to be waking up to the sound of your neighbour’s generator or is to the beeping sound of cars driving along the road a few inches from your window? Noise pollution is something worth considering if you want to have a peaceful new home. Unless noise pollution wouldn’t bother you or your family, find out how sane the estate is during the day and at night time. Find out their policies against loud parties that extend late into the night.
Living in a beautiful new home is wonderful except, no one would like to live in the middle of nowhere. Consider the accessibility to road network systems around the neighbourhood. Suppose there’s an emergency, are there any hospitals or clinics around? What about access to public transport or perhaps ATM machines? You also need to consider the traffic situation coming from and entering into your neighbourhood. Moving around Lagos can be tedious. You want to ensure that you’re not stuck in traffic just by driving out of your estate. These are things to be mindful of.
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One of the biggest factors to consider when moving into a new estate is to take into considerations the schools in the locality especially if you have children or intend on having children. When looking out for good schools around in the area, check out the record. Picking a school for your kids has an impact on how they behave and assimilate knowledge. Your children’s education is a priority.
Ideally, most estates have recreational parks or clubhouses where people can hang out, and kids can have fun. Green areas and clubhouses are ideal for hosting events like mini-parties or a place where kids can have fun and play. Find out if there’s a plan for such a recreational park and if there is, visit and check if it’s functional. You do not want to pay for services and then, be unable to use them because they’re poorly maintained or inaccessible.
It’s 7 am and you discover you’ve run out of bread or water; can you quickly find a shop to buy around? Living close to a grocery store is very important. It’s easy to underestimate its importance, but it makes life easy. Living near a shop is great for emergency supplies, imagine you get an impromptu visit from family or friends and you desperately need some drinks, all you would need is go down a few blocks to buy the items you need.
This is one of the most important factors to consider before moving into an estate. Find out what the security is like; do they allow random people to move in and out of the estate? do they have a patrol team on standby? is there a police station around?
Ask around to find out if they’ve been any major or minor incidence in the past. If they’ve been an incident, investigate further to ascertain if it was a one-off or a regular occurrence. You can never be too careful when it comes to ensuring safety for you and your family especially in Nigeria.
VULNERABILITY TO FLOODING:
If you live in Lagos or other coastal regions in Nigeria, there’s a high probability of experiencing flooding during the wet season. Although your agent might show you a perfect house during the dry season, do your investigations to find out if there’s flooding during the wet season. You don’t want to use a canoe to leave your house after it rains and live in fear of water damaging your belongings. Another alternative would be to explore insurance costs to ensure that you can afford adequate coverage suppose there’s an unexpected disaster.
Above all else, a home should be comfortable. As your life progress, your needs transform. These needs affect everything you do including the type of house you need and where to live. Some of the questions to keep in mind in determining if a neighbourhood fits your lifestyle are; are your neighbours mostly young professionals? Do they have families with children?
Determine what you need; are you looking at a community with older residents or a bubbling young community? This should give you better perceptive in ensuring you don’t feel out of place in your new community.
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We understand the importance of choosing the right new home and so, we’ve got just the perfect home that you’ll absolutely love. LekkiVale Estate is located in the heart of the Ibeju Lekki Peninsula; encapsulates all it takes to give you a new home. We’ve aligned all the factors necessary to give you an absolutely comfortable and luxurious lifestyle.
Every aspect of LekkiVale Estate radiates a lifestyle of sheer relaxation and soft elegance, well deserving for you.
From the elegantly designed buildings to our unmatched amenities offering:
• A central connection of treated running water
• 24 hours generated power supply
• Well paved roads and covered drainage systems
• Top notch 24 hours security and access control
• Sewage treatment
• Green areas and Kids Park
• Recreation centre
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For Nigerians in diaspora, investing in real estate can be tricky yet straight forward. While it’s true that anyone can invest in real estate, there’s a lot of ins and outs you would need to navigate to earn big. The key to staying on top of your game as a real estate investor is to stay informed. In real estate, information is key. If you’re a first-time investor seeking to diversify your investment portfolio or an investor considering the prospects of investing in real estate, consider the following factors:
Be Informed. Don’t Speculate
It’s easy to assume when investing in real estate. We assume a certain area is booming or another is declining without figures or projections to back it up. Sometimes, these assumptions might carry a bit of truth but too often the basis for them are weak. As a first-time real estate investor, before pouring income into any property research on the growth potential of the area you’re looking to invest in. All investments are risky. Limit your risk by being thoroughly informed about your chosen location. Talk to real-estate investment experts.
Too often you find first-time investors looking for a quick money fix in real estate. While there are different real-estate investments that can allow a short-term turnover, significant turnover in real estate takes years. Be realistic about the time frame required for value appreciation. You’ll likely not buy property at Lekki and sell in six months at a 30% profit; it’s possible but not likely. Keep your expectations in check and set realistic time frames for profitable ROIs.
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Find Out Your Why
As with all things, it’s important to be clear of your “why” of investing in real estate. It could be one of many reasons:
Diversify your investment portfolio.
Build land equity.
Long-term investment plan.
Leaving something behind for your family
Sustainable, safe investment option
There are many reasons why people invest in real estate. Finding out what yours is will help in determining the type of property you need and where such a property should be located. It also identifies possible limitations and acts as a guide in deciding which option best fits your objectives.
Choose a credible and professional real-estate company
You can have great deals from buying real estate directly with a professional real-estate company, without needing to set foot on Nigeria. However, there are good eggs and there are bad ones. If you aren’t familiar with the real-estate market, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
Find out as much as you can from the developer online.
Request a video call to tour their office.
Record every transaction including texts and voice calls.
Verify that the estate is actually where it’s said to be located.
A better option would be to get your family or friends to go for an inspection of the property and verify all property documents.
If you’re buying off the plan, you can ask to be updated regularly with process pictures of the project. Ensure you’re constantly communicating with the real-estate agent or company you’ve chosen to work with.
The real-estate market is constantly changing. Certain places become more valuable while others become less desirable.The Real estate market requires quick action when opportunities come up. For instance, the Ibeju-Lekki region is showing prospects of becoming a booming real-estate hub. However, amidst all the rush, not all the lands there are viable. Some are government lands, others are along the coastlines and thus prone to flooding, while others are located in tricky locations that are prone to pollution. Investigate the region closely. Keep Your Eyes Open.
Think about security
Land security boils down to getting the right land title. Every other security concern can be resolved once you have the right land title in Nigeria. The ultimate land title that guarantees safety from omonile issues or litigation issues is the Certificate of Occupancy (C of O). Avoid lands with the ‘excision in process’ land title, irrespective of how juicy the deal might seem. Forget it! One of the advantages of dealing directly with a reputable real-estate company is the security of your land even after you’ve purchased it. You can be certain that the entire property would be fenced, thus preventing unlawful intrusion on your property in your absence.
Establish Your Budget
Investing in real estate costs money. Depending on the property you’re buying, you’re going to need a lot of it. Determine how much you willing to pay before even looking or deciding on the best place to buy. Once you’ve determined how much you can spend, stick to your budget. Avoid making hasty or emotional decisions when choosing the property to buy. Most real-estate companies give you the opportunity to spread payments over a period of time for up to 12 months. Ensure you choose a payment plan you can keep up with.
When looking to buy property, determine if you’re looking to hold the property and rent or seeking a land flip or fix to flip. Be specific.
If you’re looking to fix and flip for a quick profit, consider the additional cost required for the entire renovation and the cost of properties in the neighbourhood. This should help you in pricing the property for positive returns. If you’re buying land to hold (which is relatively cheap to maintain) look out for where the development is going and then, buy land and wait.
While the goal might be to make billions from investing in real estate, start small. If you’re a first-time real-estate investor, it’s ok to start with a plot of land and then two, and then five… make sure the property is easy to maintain.
As you take baby steps, learn the market, understand the trends. You don’t need to rely on agents to know what a good deal is. Take out time to know the market value of your property at any given time. It’s easy to go big in real estate once you’ve gotten the hang of it.
Find Out If It’s A Good Investment
Rule of thumb: don’t confuse where you would want to live with where you should invest. Most first-time investors tend to confuse where they would live personally with where they should invest. With Investments, all you need to concern yourself with is distinguishing between immediate income and future value.
There are properties located in transforming neighbourhoods that are currently showcasing lower returns but offer higher future returns for your money and others that look promising but might likely become less desirable in the future. Pay attention to growing areas like Ibeju-Lekki.
Don’t Skip the First Step
The biggest mistake new investors make is to jump into investing without taking the time to get educated on what strategy is best for them. Jumping in without the right investment tools can lead to bad investments, lower returns and much higher risk. The first question to ask yourself is, which resource do you have more of, time or money?
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.
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.
Nigerians in Diaspora
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.
Femi and Ada have been married for eight years. When they first got married, they both agreed to buy their first home in two years. Like most young couples, they spent a good part of their savings on their first baby who arrived sooner than they had planned.
Femi figured it wouldn’t be a bad idea to hold a little longer on the housing project, coupled with the fact that he was now saddled with more bills. Ada had to take a break from work for a year to take care of their baby. Their savings dwindled and by the time Ada was ready to work again, the focus was now on paying school fees for their young son.
Five years passed and Ada got pregnant again with their second baby. Femi took up a side hustle to stay afloat with all their growing expenses. Ada once again had to take a break from work. The cycle continued. They managed to keep up with everything else except their dream of buying their own home.
The idea, however, crossed Ada’s mind from time to time. She wanted a bigger kitchen, an extra room for guests and a play area for her kids. Spending time alone at home with her second baby gave her ample time to think and plan. She looked at the possibility of them buying a home upfront but, before the thought settled, she quickly ruled that out as there was no visible way to make that happen in the nearest future.
Ada wanted a house in Sangotedo; it wasn’t too far from V.I, Ikoyi and the rest of Lekki. Cost of houses in the area where relatively fair and the location was serene for raising kids.
Ada shared her concerns with Femi, sharing her findings of Sangotedo. Femi wasn’t thrilled at first but was ready to actively work towards the goal of homeownership. It meant doubling up at work and saving a lot more. Ada too opted to take on baking and making small chops in her spare time. They both agreed to drastically cut back on expenses, completely taking off the following:
Takeouts and eating at restaurants.
Friday night hangouts and drinks with the boys.
Sold off belongings they weren’t using like their old couch that sat in a storage room.
Minimized her movements to the precise places to maximize fuel consumption.
Cut down on power and gas usage; switching off lights that weren’t used and monitoring gas consumption.
With Ada’s new food business and Femi putting in more work, it wasn’t long before Femi earned a good commission for closing a client he’d been working on. Meanwhile, Ada used most of her daily income to run their home. After six months, they made a 30% down payment on their newly finished four-bedroom house at Sangotedo.
Saving for a home
They opted for a mortgage loan to cover the rest of the payment for a period of five years. Of course, they could have continued saving and directing most of their income towards their housing project but they had other expenditure to worry about like school fees, health care and savings to re-invest in their respective businesses.
Their mortgage program was approved for a period of five years. They set their monthly payment at 20% of their total monthly income. Femi plans to complete the payment even before then. He’s truly grateful for the experience of putting more effort at work and saving more.
He said that the process of buying their first house has instilled a good dose of discipline in him and he wouldn’t stop putting much effort in achieving his goals.When we asked Ada what was the one thing that had driven them to achieve their goal, she said, it was taking the decision to make it happen.
In her words, “when you decide it’s time to own your home, and stay committed to that decision, everything else begins to fall into place. You come up with new ideas, you find better ways to spend money and in short, you become a better person for it.”
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We’ve got the best deal for you. Buying a house is a huge decision to make. There’s a lot to choose from and a lot of uncertainties and paperwork, not to mention they cost m. Let’s narrow it down for you. LekkiVale Estate, located in the heart of Ibeju Lekki encapsulates all it takes to give you a home. We’ve aligned all the factors necessary to give you the type of comfort and luxurious lifestyle you deserve:
A home located within the urban area of Lekki
24/7 electricity and water supply
Ample parking space
A valid C of O land title document
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