Exclusive Interview with Real Estate Expert: Nashon Okowa

Lizzie Costabir, CEO of BuyRentKenya, sat down with Nashon Okowa a real estate expert to discuss his experiences and insights in the real estate industry.

Welcome to our interview series featuring top real estate industry experts in Kenya. In this edition, we had the pleasure of speaking with Nashon Okowa, a leading voice in the construction and real estate industry. Lizzie Costabir, CEO of BuyRentKenya, sat down with Nashon to discuss his experiences and insights in the real estate industry.

Nashon Okowa is the director at Beacon Africa Consultants, a Construction Management firm, and the immediate former chairman of the Association of Construction Managers of Kenya (ACMK). With extensive experience in construction and real estate project management, Nashon is an outspoken advocate for integrity in the industry. He has written a book titled “Don’t Buy That House,” which examines the pitfalls faced by home buyers who fail to undertake due diligence before committing their hard-earned money in off-plan homes. Nashon is also a mentor and is committed to empowering the next generation of professionals in the industry. His expertise and dedication have earned him a reputation as a thought leader and industry expert.

Lizzie Costabir is the CEO of BuyRentKenya, a leading online real estate platform in Kenya. With over a decade of experience in the industry, Lizzie is passionate about leveraging technology to drive innovation in the real estate sector. Under her leadership, BuyRentKenya has grown to become one of the most trusted and respected names in the industry, offering a range of innovative products and services to buyers, renters, and sellers. Lizzie is also a champion for transparency and accountability in the industry, and is committed to working with industry players to promote best practices and drive positive change.

In this interview, Nashon shares his journey in the industry, his thoughts on the current state of the real estate sector in Kenya, and his vision for the future. Lizzie and Nashon explore topics such as the impact of COVID-19 on the industry, the role of technology in driving innovation, and the need for greater transparency and accountability. With their combined experience and expertise, Lizzie and Nashon offer valuable insights and perspectives on the challenges and opportunities facing the real estate industry in Kenya today.

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Thank you for contributing as an expert to the BuyRentKenya “Property Advice Magazine”. Can you please introduce yourself and share a bit about your background in the Kenyan real estate industry?

Thank you for having me as a part of the BuyRentKenya “Property Advice Magazine.” My name is Nashon Okowa, and I was born in Kenya in 1986. I have been actively working in the real estate industry since 2011. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management (Hons) from the University of Nairobi. Over the years, I have built an impressive career as a Construction Project Manager, working on various projects across East Africa, including residential, commercial, mall, hotel, and industrial plant developments.
Currently, I serve as the Managing Director of Beacon Africa Consultants, a project and construction management consultancy firm based in Nairobi. Additionally, I was the Chairman of the Association of Construction Managers of Kenya (ACMK) from 2016 to 2022, a professional body for project and construction managers. My contributions to the advancement of the profession in the region have been recognized through various forums and activities.

I am also an advisory council member of the South Africa Construction Management Foundation (CMF). Apart from my professional work, I have been a columnist for Standard Newspaper, Kenya, for the last five years, and I am the author of two books, ‘Don’t Buy That House’ and ‘The Abnormal Student.’ These books provide valuable insights into the Kenyan real estate market and personal development, respectively.I look forward to sharing my expertise and experiences in the Kenyan real estate industry with your readers.

How did you become interested in real estate, and what inspired you to pursue a career in this field?

I landed into real estate not pragmatically by choice but more by default. I was to be a lawyer, rather that’s what my mother wanted me to pursue. However, I wanted to come to Nairobi City having studied in the rural area, so if I was to do law I then it had to be at University of Nairobi. Being that law at Univeristy of Nairobi is very competitive and noting that I was right on the cut-off point, I opted to change course to Construction Management. I didn’t know much about it, rather I was attracted by the name. The rest as they say is history – I made lemonade from lemon. I pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management, at the University of Nairobi. The diverse range of career opportunities in real estate inspired me to pursue a career in helping others achieve their real estate goals. 

My passion for real estate also stems from painful personal experiences with innocent Kenyans losing their money after investing in off-plan homes without proper due diligence and suffered financial losses. These experiences drove me to write my book, “Do Not Buy That House,” which examines the pitfalls faced by homebuyers who fail to undertake due diligence before investing their hard-earned money in off-plan homes.

As a mentor, I’m committed to empowering the next generation of professionals in the industry through education and mentorship. I believe that sharing knowledge and experience is critical in developing the skills and knowledge necessary for success in the real estate industry.

Can you tell us about the books you have authored on real estate in Kenya? What motivated you to write them and what can readers expect to learn from them?

Certainly, I’d be happy to talk about my books related to real estate in Kenya.

'Don't Buy That House' book by Nashon Okowa

My first book, “Don’t Buy That House,” is a comprehensive guide for individuals looking to buy a house off-plan. I was motivated to write this book due to the numerous challenges and risks associated with off-plan purchases. Many buyers have lost money in the process, often due to a lack of awareness about the essential factors to consider before investing in such properties. The primary goal of this book is to educate and empower potential homebuyers to make informed decisions when buying a house off-plan, ensuring they avoid pitfalls and successfully navigate through the process. Readers can expect to learn about the seven critical aspects they must investigate before making a purchase, including the developer’s history, project development team, financial arrangements, legal documentation, and construction quality, among others.

My second book, “The Abnormal Student,” although not directly related to real estate, is an inspirational guide for college students aspiring to stand out and excel in their academic and personal lives. I wrote this book to encourage young people to embrace their uniqueness and think beyond the conventional wisdom that often limits their potential. The book offers practical strategies and insights to help students develop fresh, alternative perspectives and unleash their greatness in their chosen fields. While the focus is on college students, many of the lessons shared in this book can also be applied to the real estate industry and other aspects of life.

By reading these books, individuals will not only gain valuable knowledge and insights about the Kenyan real estate market but also discover practical tools and strategies for personal growth and success.

The Kenyan real estate market has experienced significant growth and transformation in recent years, driven by various factors such as rapid urbanization, population growth, economic development, and the rise of the middle class. Some key changes and trends observed in the market include:

  1. Increased demand for affordable housing: With a growing urban population, there has been a surge in demand for affordable housing in Kenya, especially in major cities such as Nairobi. The government has initiated various affordable housing programs and aims to construct 250,000 houses every year for low income-earners. Public-private partnerships are also being explored to address the housing deficit.
  2. Expansion of the commercial property sector: The commercial property market, particularly Grade A office spaces, has experienced substantial growth in recent years, driven by the expanding service sector and increased foreign investments. However, with the advent of remote working due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there might be a shift towards more flexible office solutions and co-working spaces in the future.
  3. Growth of satellite towns and suburbs: As the urban centers become more congested, there has been an increase in the development of satellite towns and suburbs around major cities. These areas offer more affordable housing options and better living conditions, attracting both homebuyers and investors.

In the near future, I foresee technology playing an even more significant role in the real estate market, with the adoption of smart home technologies, blockchain, BIM, virtual tours, and digital platforms for property transactions becoming more widespread. Additionally, the demand for affordable housing is likely to remain strong, and the focus on sustainable development will continue to intensify.

What factors are currently driving the demand for residential and commercial properties in Kenya?

Several factors are currently driving the demand for residential and commercial properties in Kenya. These include:

  1. Population growth: Kenya has experienced a steady increase in population over the past few years, leading to a higher demand for housing and commercial spaces to accommodate the growing number of residents.
  2. Urbanization: The rapid urbanization in Kenya, particularly in major cities like Nairobi, Mombasa, and Kisumu, has resulted in increased demand for residential and commercial properties. As more people move to urban centers in search of better job opportunities and improved living standards, the need for housing and workspaces grows.
  3. Infrastructure development: The Kenyan government has invested heavily in infrastructure projects, such as roads, railways, and ports, to improve connectivity and facilitate economic growth. These developments have spurred demand for properties in newly accessible areas and created opportunities for real estate investments.
  4. Government policies and initiatives: The Kenyan government’s commitment to addressing the housing deficit through various initiatives cchas stimulated demand for affordable housing and encouraged investment in the real estate sector.
  5. Changing work patterns: With the rise of remote working and flexible work arrangements due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a shift in demand for commercial properties, with an increased need for co-working spaces and flexible office solutions.

These factors, along with the overall economic growth and development of the country, continue to drive the demand for residential and commercial properties in Kenya.

In your opinion, what are the most promising investment opportunities in the Kenyan real estate market today?

In my opinion, several promising investment opportunities are emerging within the Kenyan real estate market, driven by current market trends and the country’s economic growth. Some of these opportunities include:

  1. Affordable housing: For a long time developments were focused primarily in the high-end markets. But now with the growing demand for affordable housing in Kenya, investing in residential developments targeted at the middle and lower-income segments of the population presents significant potential for returns. The Kenyan government has also initiated various affordable housing programs and aims to construct 250,000 houses every year for low income-earners. Public-private partnerships also create a favorable environment for investment in this sector.
  2. Commercial properties: Despite the recent shift towards remote working, there remains a strong demand for Grade A office spaces and retail outlets in prime locations within major cities. Investing in well-located commercial properties with modern amenities and flexible office solutions can provide attractive returns.
  3. Satellite towns and suburbs: As urban centers become increasingly congested, there is growing interest in satellite towns and suburban developments surrounding major cities. These areas offer more affordable real estate options and improved living conditions, attracting homebuyers and investors alike. Investing in residential or commercial properties in these emerging locations can yield substantial long-term gains.
  4. Student housing: With a large number of universities and colleges in Kenya, there is a persistent demand for quality student housing. Investing in purpose-built student accommodations near educational institutions can generate stable rental income and cater to this underserved market segment.
  5. Green and sustainable real estate: As environmental consciousness grows and sustainable development becomes a priority, investing in eco-friendly residential and commercial properties can provide a competitive edge and appeal to environmentally conscious tenants and buyers.

These are just a few of the promising investment opportunities within the Kenyan real estate market. However, it’s essential to conduct thorough due diligence and market research before making any investment decisions to ensure the best possible returns and minimize risks.

How do you think Kenya’s affordable housing initiatives have impacted the market, and what challenges still need to be addressed in this area?

First, it is a commendable thing to have the government’s attention on housing, some countries long for such. The agenda is to construct 250,000 houses every year for low income-earners. This initiative has brought attention to the need for affordable housing, mobilized resources, and encouraged public-private partnerships to address the housing deficit. Some of the key impacts include:

  1. Increased awareness: The government’s focus on affordable housing has raised awareness among developers, investors, and the public about the importance of providing housing solutions for the growing urban population.
  2. Policy and regulatory changes: To support affordable housing initiatives, the Kenyan government has introduced various policy and regulatory changes, such as tax incentives for developers and reduced corporate tax rates for companies involved in affordable housing projects. These measures have helped create a more favorable environment for investment in the sector.
  3. Financing options: The government has also worked to improve access to financing for affordable housing projects, establishing the Kenya Mortgage Refinance Company (KMRC) to provide long-term, low-cost funding to banks and other financial institutions that offer mortgages to eligible homebuyers.

Despite these efforts, several challenges still need to be addressed in the affordable housing sector:

  1. High cost of land: The high cost of land, particularly in urban areas, remains a significant barrier to the development of affordable housing projects. Land prices need to be regulated or subsidized to make it more feasible for developers to undertake affordable housing projects.
  2. Access to affordable financing: While the establishment of the KMRC has improved access to financing for some homebuyers, many Kenyans still struggle to secure affordable mortgages or loans to purchase homes. Expanding financial inclusion and offering more accessible financing options for low- and middle-income homebuyers are crucial to addressing this challenge.
  3. Infrastructure and amenities: Developing affordable housing projects in areas lacking adequate infrastructure, such as roads, water, and electricity, can be challenging and costly. The government needs to invest in infrastructure development to support the growth of affordable housing in new and existing communities.

Addressing these challenges will be essential for the continued success and growth of affordable housing initiatives in Kenya, ultimately improving the lives of millions of Kenyans in need of decent and affordable housing.

Are there any emerging neighborhoods or regions in Kenya that you believe are particularly attractive for real estate investment?

Yes, there are several emerging neighborhoods and regions in Kenya that are gaining attention as attractive real estate investment opportunities. These areas often benefit from ongoing infrastructure development, proximity to urban centers, and favorable government policies. Some of these include:

  1. Kajiado County: Located to the south of Nairobi, Kajiado County has witnessed rapid growth in recent years, with towns like Kitengela, Ongata Rongai, and Ngong becoming popular residential destinations. Improved infrastructure, such as the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) and the expansion of the Nairobi-Namanga highway, has contributed to the increased attractiveness of this region.
  2. Kiambu County: Neighboring Nairobi to the north, Kiambu County has seen substantial real estate development in towns such as Thika, Ruiru, Juja, and Limuru. The region’s proximity to the capital, ongoing infrastructure projects, and availability of affordable land make it an appealing option for real estate investors.
  3. Machakos County: Situated to the southeast of Nairobi, Machakos County has experienced significant growth in recent years, with towns like Athi River, Mavoko, and Syokimau emerging as investment hotspots. The county benefits from improved road networks, the SGR, and the development of industrial parks, which contribute to its growing appeal.
  4. Nakuru County: As one of Kenya’s fastest-growing urban centers, Nakuru has become an attractive destination for real estate investment. The expansion of the Nairobi-Nakuru highway, the development of an upcoming international airport, and its strategic location between Nairobi and the western parts of Kenya all contribute to Nakuru’s potential for growth.

It’s essential for investors to conduct thorough research and due diligence when considering investments in these emerging neighborhoods and regions, as market dynamics can vary significantly depending on the location and specific project type.

What role do you think technology and innovation are playing in shaping the future of the Kenyan real estate market?

Technology and innovation are playing a significant role in shaping the future of the Kenyan real estate market, impacting various aspects of the industry, from property search and transactions to construction techniques and property management. Some of the key ways technology and innovation are transforming the Kenyan real estate market include:

  1. Online property platforms: The rise of online property search platforms, such as BuyRentKenya, has revolutionized the way people search for and market properties. These platforms provide greater transparency, convenience, and access to information, making it easier for potential buyers, tenants, and investors to find and compare properties from the comfort of their homes.
  2. Big data and analytics: The use of big data and advanced analytics tools in the real estate industry allows developers, investors, and other stakeholders to make data-driven decisions, better understand market trends, and forecast future demand. This can lead to more informed investment choices and optimized property development strategies.
  3. Green building technologies: As environmental concerns and sustainability become increasingly important, green building technologies and materials are gaining traction in the Kenyan real estate market. This includes energy-efficient building designs, solar power systems, rainwater harvesting, and the use of eco-friendly materials, all of which contribute to reduced environmental impact and lower operational costs.
  4. Prefabrication and modular construction: The adoption of prefabrication and modular construction techniques is another innovation that has the potential to transform the Kenyan real estate market. These methods can significantly reduce construction time and costs, improve quality control, and contribute to more affordable housing solutions.

As technology continues to evolve, its role in shaping the future of the Kenyan real estate market will only grow. Embracing these innovations can help the industry adapt to changing demands and preferences, improve efficiency, and create more sustainable, attractive, and functional properties for the future.

Can you share your insights on the environmental sustainability of real estate projects in Kenya, and what steps are being taken to ensure that new developments are eco-friendly?

Environmental sustainability is becoming increasingly important in the Kenyan real estate market, as developers, investors, and end-users recognize the long-term benefits of eco-friendly buildings and developments. Several steps are being taken to ensure that new real estate projects in Kenya prioritize environmental sustainability:

  1. Green building certifications: The adoption of green building certifications, such as the Green Building Society of Kenya’s Green Star rating system or the international LEED certification, helps ensure that new developments adhere to strict environmental standards. These certifications encourage the use of sustainable building materials, energy-efficient designs, and environmentally responsible construction practices.
  2. Energy-efficient building designs: Architects and developers are increasingly incorporating energy-efficient building designs into new projects, which can reduce energy consumption and lower operational costs. Examples include passive solar designs, natural ventilation systems, and green roofs, all of which can help regulate indoor temperatures and minimize the need for mechanical heating or cooling.
  3. Renewable energy systems: The installation of renewable energy systems, such as solar panels or solar water heaters, is becoming more common in Kenyan real estate projects. These systems can help reduce dependence on non-renewable energy sources and lower electricity costs for occupants.
  4. Water conservation and management: Water conservation measures, such as rainwater harvesting systems, greywater recycling, and low-flow fixtures, are being integrated into new developments to minimize water usage and promote more sustainable water management practices.
  5. Sustainable construction materials: The use of sustainable and locally sourced construction materials, such as bamboo, earth blocks, or recycled materials, can help reduce the environmental impact of real estate projects. These materials often have lower carbon footprints and can contribute to more sustainable construction practices.
  6. Waste management and recycling: Developers are increasingly incorporating waste management and recycling facilities into their projects, encouraging occupants to reduce, reuse, and recycle waste materials. This can help minimize the environmental impact of waste disposal and contribute to a more sustainable lifestyle.

These are just a few of the steps being taken to ensure that new real estate developments in Kenya prioritize environmental sustainability. By embracing eco-friendly practices, the industry can contribute to a more sustainable future for both the environment and its inhabitants.

How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected the Kenyan real estate market, and what long-term impacts do you anticipate?

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a considerable impact on the Kenyan real estate market, just as it has on markets around the world. The effects have been felt across various segments, including residential, commercial, retail, and hospitality. Here are some of the key impacts and potential long-term consequences of the pandemic on the Kenyan real estate market:

  1. Shift in demand for residential properties: With more people working from home due to the pandemic, there has been a growing demand for larger and more spacious residential properties that can accommodate home offices and provide adequate space for families. This has led to increased interest in suburban areas and gated communities with more affordable and spacious housing options.
  2. Slowdown in commercial real estate: The pandemic has caused a slowdown in the commercial real estate sector, as many businesses have faced financial challenges and reduced their office space requirements. As remote working becomes more prevalent, the demand for large office spaces may continue to decline, leading to potential long-term changes in the commercial real estate landscape.
  3. Construction delays and cost increases: The pandemic has also led to construction delays and cost increases for real estate projects due to disruptions in supply chains, labor shortages, and implementation of health and safety measures. These challenges may continue to affect the industry in the short to medium term.
  4. Digital transformation: The pandemic has accelerated the digital transformation of the real estate industry, with increased adoption of virtual property tours, online transactions, and proptech solutions. These trends are likely to persist beyond the pandemic, as technology continues to play a significant role in the way people search for, buy, and manage properties.

While the full extent of the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Kenyan real estate market remains uncertain, it is clear that the industry has experienced significant challenges and changes. In the post-pandemic world, adaptability, innovation, and a focus on sustainability will be key factors for success in the real estate sector.

In your books and through your work, you often discuss the importance of due diligence in property transactions. Can you elaborate on the key aspects that investors should consider when purchasing property in Kenya?

Absolutely, due diligence is a critical aspect of property transactions, as it helps investors avoid potential pitfalls and make well-informed decisions when purchasing property in Kenya. Here are some key aspects that investors should consider during the due diligence process:

  1. Title search and verification: Conducting a title search at the relevant Land Registry is crucial to verify the ownership, legal status, and any encumbrances on the property. This helps ensure that the seller has the legal right to sell the property and that there are no outstanding issues that could affect the transfer of ownership.
  2. Land use and zoning regulations: It’s essential to understand the land use and zoning regulations governing the property in question, as these can dictate the type of development allowed on the land and any restrictions that may apply. This information can be obtained from the local planning authorities or the relevant County Government.
  3. Property valuation: Obtaining an independent property valuation can provide an accurate estimate of the property’s market value, helping investors make an informed decision on their purchase. Valuation reports also offer insights into the property’s condition, location, and comparables in the area.
  4. Physical inspection: Physically inspecting the property allows investors to assess its condition, identify any potential issues, and confirm the accuracy of the information provided by the seller or agent. It’s advisable to engage a professional surveyor or engineer to conduct a thorough inspection and provide a detailed report on the property’s structural integrity and any necessary repairs or improvements.
  5. Environmental assessment: Conducting an environmental assessment can help identify any potential environmental risks or hazards associated with the property, such as soil contamination, flooding, or proximity to hazardous facilities. This information can be critical in determining the property’s suitability for the intended use and potential future liabilities.
  6. Review of permits and approvals: Ensuring that the property has all the necessary permits and approvals in place, such as building permits, occupancy certificates, and environmental clearances, is crucial to avoid any legal complications or delays in the future.
  7. Tax compliance: Confirming that all property-related taxes, such as land rates and stamp duty, have been paid up to date is essential to ensure a smooth transaction and avoid any potential penalties or fines.
  8. Legal review of contracts and agreements: Engaging a lawyer to review all contracts and agreements associated with the property transaction can help identify any potential risks, discrepancies, or unfavorable terms that may need to be addressed before proceeding with the purchase.

By conducting thorough due diligence and considering these key aspects, investors can mitigate risks, make informed decisions, and maximize their chances of success in the Kenyan real estate market.

As an expert in the Kenyan real estate market, what advice would you give to first-time property buyers or investors looking to enter the market?

Entering the Kenyan real estate market as a first-time buyer or investor can be both exciting and challenging.  Here are some essential pieces of advice to help you navigate the market successfully:

  1. Normalized returns: Contend with the reality that this is largely a buyers market. The returns, though still god compared to other industries, have normalised. This is not the boom era of supernormal returns. The urge for shortcuts normally arises when people think the returns are still supernormal.
  2. Define your goals and objectives: Start by identifying your primary objectives for purchasing a property, whether it’s for personal use, rental income, or long-term capital appreciation. This will help you determine the type of property, location, and price range that best aligns with your goals.
  3. Conduct thorough research: Educate yourself about the real estate market in Kenya, focusing on current trends, market performance, and future projections. Familiarize yourself with different neighborhoods, property types, and price ranges to better understand the opportunities available to you.
  4. Perform due diligence: As mentioned earlier, due diligence is crucial in any property transaction. Make sure to verify property ownership, conduct a title search, check land use and zoning regulations, and obtain an independent property valuation. A thorough physical inspection and environmental assessment are also essential to ensure you’re making a well-informed decision.
  5. Consider financing options: If you plan to use financing to acquire the property, research different mortgage or loan products, and compare their terms, interest rates, and fees. Get pre-approved for a loan to understand your borrowing capacity and gain a competitive advantage when negotiating with sellers.
  6. Be patient and flexible: The property-buying process can be time-consuming, and it’s essential to remain patient and flexible. Be prepared to adjust your expectations, view multiple properties, and potentially make compromises to find the right investment opportunity.
  7. Registered Professionals: Always ensure you use professional consultants and contractors registered by the government. Run away from unlicensed or unregistered quacks.

By following this advice and approaching the Kenyan real estate market with a well-researched and strategic plan, first-time buyers and investors can increase their chances of success and build a solid foundation for their property portfolio.

Do you have any ongoing or upcoming projects, such as new books, research, or speaking engagements, that our audience might be interested in?

As a real estate expert, I am constantly involved in various projects and initiatives to help educate and inform people about the Kenyan property market. Here are a few ongoing or upcoming endeavors that your audience might find interesting:

  1. New book: I’m soon, in June, starting to write my third book, which will focus on real estate investment rules in Kenya. The book will provide practical advice for investors at all levels, on the rules they must follow when investing in real estate. Keep an eye out for announcements regarding the book’s release date and availability.
  2. Research projects: I am collaborating with academic institutions and industry partners on several research projects aimed at understanding the dynamics of the Kenyan real estate market, including the impact of government policies, urbanization trends, and affordable housing initiatives. The findings of these studies will be published in academic journals and presented at conferences, providing valuable insights for industry stakeholders and policymakers.
  3. Speaking engagements: I regularly participate in real estate conferences, seminars, and panel discussions, both locally and internationally. In the upcoming months, I will be speaking at several events on topics such as Construction technologies, sustainable development, financial feasibilities, time management of projects, and the future of the Kenyan real estate market. Keep an eye on my social media channels and website for updates on these speaking engagements.
  4. Online webinars and workshops: Given the current global situation and the increasing reliance on digital platforms, I have been hosting and participating in online webinars and workshops on various real estate topics. These virtual events are a great way for people to learn more about the Kenyan property market and engage in discussions with industry experts from the comfort of their homes.
  5. Continued column contributions: I will continue to contribute to the Standard Newspaper, Kenya, where I share insights, analysis, and advice on the local real estate market. Be sure to check out my regular column for valuable tips and information.
  6. Beacon Africa Consultants: As the Managing Director of Beacon Africa Consultants. I am involved in several construction and project management initiatives across East Africa. Our company is dedicated to providing innovative and sustainable solutions for our clients. We have several exciting projects in the pipeline.

To stay up-to-date on my ongoing and upcoming projects, I encourage you to follow me on social media and visit my website regularly. By staying informed, you’ll be better equipped to navigate the ever-changing landscape of the Kenyan real estate market.

Lastly, where can our readers find more information about your work, your books, and how to connect with you for professional advice or consultations? Please also mention Articles you recently published online and your social media channels?

Readers interested in learning more about my work, books, and professional advice can access various resources and connect with me through the following channels:

  1. Website: Visit my website for detailed information on what we do at Beacon Africa. You can also find contact information for professional advice or consultations.
  2. Books: My books, “Don’t Buy That House” and “The Abnormal Student,” are available for purchase online through major retailers such as Amazon, as well as in local bookstores in Kenya, Nuria and Rafu bookstores.
  3. Articles: I regularly contribute articles on real estate and construction topics for the Standard Newspaper, Kenya. You can find my articles on their website by searching for my name in the author section. Additionally, I occasionally publish articles on various online platforms, such as Medium and LinkedIn.
  4. Social media channels: Connect with me on social media to stay updated on my latest projects, publications, and speaking engagements. You can find me on the following platforms:
  5. Recent articles: Here are some recent articles that I have published online:

By following these channels and staying connected, you can gain access to valuable insights, updates, and professional advice related to the Kenyan real estate market. Don’t hesitate to reach out for consultations or to discuss potential collaborations. I am always eager to connect with like-minded professionals and readers interested in this dynamic industry.

Additionally, My mentorship program is an initiative that I launched in 2019 to support and guide young professionals. The program is designed to equip mentees with the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in the industry by learning from my experiences and expertise. Through the program, mentees have the opportunity to network with other professionals and gain valuable insights into the industry. The program is aimed at empowering the next generation of professionals and leaving a lasting impact on the industry. It is a platform for mentees to learn and grow, and I am proud to be a part of their journey.

Lizzie Costabir, BRK with Nashon Okowa

I would like to express my gratitude for the opportunity to contribute to the magazine through this interview. I feel honored to have been recognized as an industry expert and appreciate the chance to share my knowledge. Thank you for the privilege.

Lizzie Costabir, CEO of BuyRentKenya & PigiaMe
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