‘He is not a full man who does not own a piece of land,’ goes the popular saying. Needless to say, land is one of the most coveted acquisition in modern times. Before you put money down please do the following;

  1. Identify the area
    Ideally, the first thing you should do is to identify the location that you intend to buy into. This can be a general area; a county or even a city.
  2. Engage a real estate firm/agent
    Once you know where you want to buy, you can now engage in specific search for projects and real estate firms working in the given area.
  3. Site visit
    The next obvious step will be to visit the site. Real estate agents should at least provide you with a minimum of 3 options. This would be the ideally time to verify the measurements of the land, accessibility and the amenities on the ground.
  4. Due Diligence
    You might want to engage a lawyer at this point. Should you not have resources to do so, you can conduct a site visit independently and talk to the neighbors about the history of the said property. Such unverified information although useful should not be treated as the entire truth. A land search at the Ministry of lands is the most vital.
  5. Agreement/Payment
    The real estate firm should prepare the paperwork for you. If you already have a lawyer, he should be able to advise you on the next move which is payment. Should you not have a lawyer, read through the agreement carefully before appending your signature. You can involve a spouse or partner before making the payment.
    The land transfer period in Kenya may take a maximum of 90 days.