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Real Estate in Kenya

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jun 26, 2023

Summary: An expat looking to buy a home in Kenya should start by researching the different areas of the country and the types of properties available. They should also consider their budget and the type of amenities they are looking for. It is also important to research the local laws and regulations regarding foreign ownership of property. Homes in Kenya typically include amenities such as running water, electricity, and internet access. Many homes also have security features such as gates, fences, and alarm systems. Foreigners are allowed to own property in Kenya, but there are certain restrictions. For example, foreigners are not allowed to own land in certain areas, such as near the coast or in national parks. Additionally, foreigners must obtain permission from the government before they can purchase property.

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How do I find a place to live in Kenya?

We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:

"One of the best ways to find a place to live in Kenya is to use online resources such as property websites, classifieds, and social media. You can also contact local real estate agents who can help you find a suitable place to live. Additionally, you can ask friends and family who live in Kenya for recommendations. Finally, you can also look for rental postings in newspapers and other local publications," explained one person living in Kenya.

"Our employer Kaluworks provided us a well furnished apartment in an expat compound in Tudor," said one expat in Mombasa.

"Was born here so I am somewhat familiar with the areas, but after so many years away, use someone local that you trust. Keep in mind "Help" is not free in Kenya, even when people are supposed to do their job," remarked one member in Nairobi, the whole country.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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