The 22-floor office space for the Uganda Revenue Authority is the latest picturesque piece of real estate to grace Kampala’s skyline. The ultra-modern office block is armed with a modern intelligent building management system that automatically controls facilities like energy, making it an energy efficient (a green) building).
By Jackie Asasira & Daniel Otto
Housing is like clothing fashion. The designs of houses, styles, ownership type, finishing tastes and even building materials are dynamic and reflective of the society’s psyche. It portrays the society’s current socio-economic and political state of mind. From housing patterns, you can tell generational differences, state of security of a country, economic prosperity and to some extent the political thinking of a people.
Dfcu Bank seeks to boost home loan portfolio through property developers, slashes interest rates to 17 per cent
As a way to increase the uptake of its home loans, Dfcu Bank has accredited property developers from around the country, who can work with the bank to increase purchase of home using loans from the bank, thereby boosting the banks home loan portfolio.
Under the arrangement, sales staff of the accredited property developers will receive free monthly home loans training. This, Dfcu Bank said, is expected to drive up property sellers’ closing chances by 80 per cent, as well as grow their network base across the country.
Uganda hosted the 33rd African Union for Housing Finance Conference from 17-19 October 2017. Facilitated by Terwilliger Center for Innovation and Shelter, Habitat for Humanity International and co-hosted by both the African Union for Housing Finance Conference (AUHF) and Housing Finance Bank Uganda.
The conference attracted representatives from 25 African countries to deliberate on ways for bettering housing across the continent.
The National Housing & Construction Company plans to put 5,000 housing units to the market in Kampala and municipalities around the country by 2020, to meet the country’s bulging demand for housing. At the same time, the company announced that it is slashing prices for its units currently in the market in Namungoona in Kampala and Rwizi in Mbarara.
Works for the construction of the tallest building on the African continent- the Pinnacle Towers in Nairobi, have been commissioned. Standing at 900 feet (274 metres) the Tower will overtake the current holder of the title of the tallest building on the African continent- Johannesburg’s Carlton Centre. The Carlton Centre stands at 732 feet (223 metres), with 50 floors.