Return on Investment for Rent vs Sale in Kenya.

Return on Investment for Rent vs Sale in Kenya.

Real Estate investors can opt to invest in rental or sale properties.
Each of these has its own advantages and disadvantages.

Rental property.


Assured regular monthly income for a long time.
Lower cost of construction compared to projects for sale.
Ability to let kin inherit property.


Its harder for banks to finance projects for rent compared to projects for sale. Developer will need huge % of personal savings to construct.
Returns on Investment take many years . The market average is between 10 to 15 years.
Need for regular building maintenance and dealing with problematic tenants.

Sale property.


Shorter Return on Investment. The market average is between 20 to 30% ROI within 2 to 3 years.
Easy to obtain capital from banks and Joint Venture partners.
Less headaches from Nonexistent building maintenance issues and tenants.


Higher cost of construction so as to entice end buyers.

Joint Venture equity provider.
A JV equity provider can easily get a Return on Investment of between 100 to 300% within 2 to 3 years in the case of investment in property for sale.

Francis Gichuhi Kamau, Architect.

Francis Gichuhi (692 Posts)

Architect Francis Gichuhi . B.Arch. University of Nairobi. Registered Architect, Kenya. Member, Architectural Association of Kenya. Contacts. email Telephone +254721410684


  1 comment for “Return on Investment for Rent vs Sale in Kenya.

  1. James
    September 22, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Good Day

    What is the yield achieved by residential investment property in Nairobi?

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