By Prudence Minayo
The real estate sector in the country has been vibrant over the years. This makes it a very lucrative form of investment for property developers, investors and owners. Hence, Kenya has dozens of real estate companies that provide services ranging from sales, property development, consultancy and advisory services to property letting. Most big real estate companies are based within Nairobi and its environs.
This writer lists some of the big names in the real estate sector in Kenya.
With a number of awards attached to its name, Optiven is a leading real estate company. It has helped more than 10,000 Kenyans acquire land in different parts of the country over the past decade. Under the leadership of its founder and CEO George Wachiuru, the company has a number of ambitious goals for the future. By 2030, they hope to have employed 30,000 direct employees. The company is also hugely involved in charity and some of its awards include:
- Best Company in Customer Orientation and Marketing at the COYA Awards in 2015.
- Best Employer in East Africa 2019 by East Africa Best Employer
Knight Frank Kenya (KFK) was established in 1998 and has a network that spreads across different countries around the world. They offer a variety of services including property management, agency, valuation, project management, feasibility and research-led consultancy. They offer advisory services to both national and international residential and commercial property developers, investors, owners and occupiers.
Their notable clients include:
- Barclays bank
- NIS bank
- Embassy of South Korea
- Toyota East Africa
- Rockefeller Foundation
- The British High Commission
- Embassy of Japan
- CARE International
HassConsult Ltd was formed in 1992 and has not loosened its foothold in the property industry. The company is always working on new innovations in response to the dynamism in the Kenyan market. Their services include new property development and consultancy, letting, selling and managing of residential and commercial property, and valuating of properties from hotels, businesses to industries.
The East Africa property awards meted them with a number of awards in 2014 including:
- Best Office Development
- Best Development Market
- Best Property website
- Best Real Estate Agency Firm
Its notable projects include Astoria, Nova, Montave, Grand Riverside, Nine Oak, Nasidai, Aramis, Hideaway, MorningSide Park and Brookside Pearl.
Villa care Limited
This real estate company has been in existence for over two decades. The company started with only four staff members but currently employs over 200 people. From its initial five clients, the company has grown to attract thousands of clients. It provides a number of services including property management and sale of residential properties and a number of commercial properties not just in Kenya but in East Africa as well.
Pam Golding Kenya
Pam Golding Kenya has its headquarters in Nairobi. The Kenyan subsidiary is part of a large group with more than 300 offices in Africa and other offices in the UK, Germany and France. They started trading in Kenya in 2012 with the head office in Westland’s Fortis Tower. Their second office opened at the Hub, Karen in 2016 and in 2019, they opened their third office at Garden City Mall.
It offers real estate property sales and letting, development sales, property management and commercial real estate.
AMG Ltd Kenya
AMG is a premier real estate company which has been in the country for about nine years. They deal in properties in Nakuru, Nanyuki, Emali, the Aberdares, Naivasha and Malindi. They have ready title deeds and a 60 days money back guarantee on the title deed. They provide leading sales and property management services in areas where they have in-depth knowledge.
This is a sales, letting and property management company. Azizi is a Swahili name for the word treasure. At Azizi, they believe that property is a treasure and, therefore, strive to provide customers with the best properties possible. They have been offering real estate consultancy services for quite sometime now. Other services offered by the realtor include: residential property sales, residential property leasing, commercial property and investment and development.
Fanaka Real Estate
Founded in 2015, their goal is to deliver quality services that leave their customers happy and satisfied. They are located in Nairobi’s Ruai area and offer properties within Nairobi and its environs. They sell properties along Kangundo Road in Kamulu, Joska and Malaa towns ranging from 300k to 2 million Kenyan Shillings.
They source land near upcoming government and private sector projects thus ensuring their plots appreciate in value within a short time. Fanaka also offer flexible payment plans where one can begin by a down payment with the rest of the money being paid in installment. They also have ready title deeds ensuring the process is fast and seamless.
Dunhill Consulting Ltd
The company was incorporated in 2003 and is known for the construction of the Thika Road Mall, often shortened to TRM. This became the largest mall in East Africa at the time of its completion. Their practice area includes sales, letting, management, development and advisory services. They focus on residential, commercial, retail and warehouse development.
In 2016, their property sales amounted to 7 billion Kenyan Shillings. They are also invested in the welfare of the community and have participated in a number of charity projects. The projects include
- Providing food for more than 1,000 school going children living in the slums.
- Digging boreholes for a number of communities that live in dry areas so as to ensure children get education without strain.
- Helping children living with cerebral palsy by providing them with care, food and needed equipment.
This is a realtor that believes in teamwork, loyalty, innovation and most of all quality. Their projects include: The Getaway, The Marquis, The Crescent, Elixir and The Address. The company has been a recipient of various recognition thanks to its projects. For Example: For its architecture and design, the Marquis property won the International Property Awards 2019/2020.
They offer affordable prices, landscape, design, architectural design, furniture design and believe in timely construction of buildings. The company focuses on both residential and commercial properties.