Archives June 2019

What is a Letter of Offer when buying land or a house?

A letter of offer is a document that details the terms and conditions of the transaction. It is drafted before any payments are made and signed by both the buyer and seller. On the other side, a sale agreement stipulates the mutual consent of both parties and signed by them and their lawyers as witnesses….

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All Saints Cathedral Nairobi was built by the Freemasons and Africans were not allowed to worship there until 1963 after independence

After the construction that lasted 35 years, Nairobi was bequeathed the All Saints’ Cathedral, a magnificent building rich in symbolism that seeks to mirror the spiritual journey of an Anglican. Located at the intersection of Kenyatta Avenue and Processional Way, the building has been a crucial element in the history of the country over the…

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You will no longer have the convenience of buying cooking gas at your neighbourhood kiosk or nearest petrol station

While the new rules will greatly inconvenience consumers, they have made a major stride in ensuring user safety, placing the responsibility of making sure gas cylinders are safe on the LPG marketers. This will mean that the marketers will be answerable for accidents caused by cylinder gas leaks and other incidences, including payments to victims…

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Forget US GreenCard, If you buy a house in Greece you will automatically get permanent residency visas for you, your parents and children

Greek realtors have launched an Africa-wide charm offensive targeting affluent investor-families keen on moving to the European Union (EU) member country through purchase of at least Sh30 million property. Enterprise Greece board member George Zissimatos said the campaign officially launched in Nairobi last week is aimed at exciting the Greece real-estate sector, which lost up…

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How to call without using my credit

Safaricom has announced availability of its “Reverse Call” feature. The service, also known as ‘call collecting’ is available to its more than 31 million customers and allows for one to transfer the call cost to the receiver. To access the feature, a caller will have to add ‘#” before the number they are calling. For example,…

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Tax collected on home and land transfer, stamp duty, will drop 21.5 per cent in the year end June, reflecting the drop in property sales

Fresh statistics show the Treasury expects revenue from stamp duty to dip to Sh9.51 billion from Sh12.13 billion recorded in the previous year ended June 2018. The fall in revenue from stamp duty is a pointer to reduced deals in land and houses, reflecting the recent slump in activities in real estate sector. The tax…

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How Moi sent assassins to trail and kill Koigi Wa Wamwere in Norway

In February of 1987, Kenya’s Environment Minister, Jeremiah Nyaga, was visiting Scandinavia. Addressing officials, he said: “It is better for Koigi (pictured) to be incarcerated in a Kenyan prison than for him to face an uncertain future in Norway…” A few weeks back, dissident Koigi Wamwere had fled to Norway, having sneaked out of Kenya…

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Things you must do before you start building your house

Before building a house do your homework to avoid inconveniences and counter obstacles that may arise. Simple checks and covering all your bases before deciding to take the leap to build your dream home can save you from foreseeable losses. Here’s a checklist that will make the building process more conducive, especially for a first…

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Suraya- some investors think it’s a ponzi protected by the ‘people fro above’…but is it?

Suraya was one of Kenya’s most advertised off-plan developers. Its portfolio includes about 20 housing and mixed-used properties, including Fourways Junction, whose land is currently the centre of a court case with the Gatabaki family, the Spring Valley Business Park and apartment complexes off Mombasa Road and Ngong Road. Laurie Akinyi Akello, 44, was one…

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How human poop is being used to make strong building bricks

An Australian professor Abbas Mohajerani has found a way of turning human waste into bricks for building. “By turning biosolids into bricks, you can recycle the world’s stockpiles of treated sewage sludge and boost sustainability in the construction industry,” Mohajerani and his team of researchers wrote in their study, “Green building materials”, and published in…

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Government has banned cooking gas cylinder exchange, brands are only allow to fill their own cylinders

Consumers of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) are headed back to the old regime of having to exchange their empty cylinders for same brands, ending a decade of shopping convenience. The revised Energy (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) Regulations of 2009, which take effect this week, have abolished the mandatory cylinder exchange pool that marketers blame for opening…

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How to Advertise on Makao Bora

 To advertise your property on Makao Bora simply  Register with your email address(also as your username)   Check for a confirmation email with a verification link.  Follow the link to set a password and login. You can now start advertising your land/houses for-sale or to-let. Each Ad costs Ksh400 OR  You can simply send us the details of the property, imaged…

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Parliament has slashed the budget for digitisation of land transactions

The Budget and Appropriations Committee (BAC) has slashed Sh200 million for the year starting July. The ministry had planned to condense the land procedures into three steps under the Public Land Information Management System (PLIMS) project to save time and costs involved in registering land. However, this has not happened after government opted to domicile…

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