Ask these questions to avoid a problematic housemates

How to interview right and prevent issues in the future

HousematesPassive aggressive notes left on the fridge. Constant mess in the common areas. Music blaring at all hours of the morning. Sharing your home with others can be stressful enough, but even more so when you end up with the housemate from hell.

Lamudi Kenya Managing Director said:

“When looking for a new roommate, asking the right questions can go a long way to keeping the peace at home. Interviewing the applicants face-to-face allows you to review their body language and get a better sense of what they would be like to live with.”

To help renters find their ideal future flatmate, global property portal Lamudi provides a list of five key questions to ask candidates who are interviewing for a room.

Where have you lived for the past five years?

Your aim here is to get as much information as possible about the applicant’s rental history. You want to find out whether they are a stable tenant and have a tendency to stay in one place for the long term. Be wary of people who have lived in several locations within a short period.

Why are you moving out of your current place?

Asking questions along these lines will help you gauge whether the applicant is a responsible tenant or not. Do they have to move on because the owners have decided to sell? Totally reasonable. But do they admit to leaving because of a conflict with a current roommate? Then alarm bells should be sounding straight away.

What is your current schedule like?

Living with someone whose schedule matches your own is a matter of personal preference. Perhaps you want your new housemate to become a good friend as well, which means having your schedules in sync could be ideal. At the same time, a night-owl could be disruptive to a morning person’s routine, so finding out these details will help you make a final decision.

What do you think is the best way to divide up the cleaning at home?

The cleaning roster is a common source of contention between housemates. Ask a practical question about household chores to gauge how they would approach this.

Do you currently have a partner?

This is another common cause of problems within share houses. What you really want to know here is how often their partner will be visiting – and whether you are comfortable with having them around that often – so follow up with a question along those lines.

ABOUT LAMUDI

Launched in 2013, Lamudi is a global property portal focusing exclusively on emerging markets. The fast-growing platform is currently available in 32 countries in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, with more than 800,000 real estate listings across its global network. The leading real estate marketplace offers sellers, buyers, landlords and renters a secure and easy-to-use platform to find or list properties online.

Impact of Satellite Cities in Real Estate in Kenya

Developers and the government are partnering to come up with satellite cities that will help decongest the capital city, Nairobi. The recent trend of satellite cities in real estate improves investment on amenities in the area and people do not have to rely on the  capital city but venture into other cities in the country.

The recent mini-city coming up in Limuru, Kiambu County is Tilisi. The plan was started two years ago in preparation for vision 2030. The project will cover 400 acres and is projected to turn the area into a world class residential and commercial area.

Lamudi Kenya Managing Director Dan Karua said:

“Satellite cities are mainly started due to demand from business developers in a certain area hoping they will solve aspects like urbanization and create modern cities that will complement the development of the country. The towns outside Nairobi are growing very fast and turning them into satellite cities is just one of the solutions for development.”

Konza city and Tatu city are also coming up and will help with spreading the population in different areas in the country. Tilisi will touch on all the pillars of Kiambu County by constructing educational institutions, residential blocks, playgrounds, a police post, business blocks and a medical centre. All these ensure that the area is a one-stop-shop for day- to -day activities. This project will also boost the real estate market in the area as people working here will be looking for housing, this means more investment opportunities especially for residential properties.

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We have some big projects coming up in the area that have started creating the change that is expected. Malls like Two-Rivers, Riviera and Village Market are attracting international brands and the middle class to upper class in the area. This is just to pave way for mini-cities like Tilisi

People in Kiambu County are looking for affordable yet beautiful housing that can fulfill the basic needs like security, water and convenience. Developers will now have a chance to provide this type of housing. It is expected that 70 percent of the population in Kenya is expected to live in urban areas like Kiambu by 2050.

ABOUT LAMUDI

Launched in 2013, Lamudi is a global property portal focusing exclusively on emerging markets. The fast-growing platform is currently available in 32 countries in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, with more than 900,000 real estate listings across its global network. The leading real estate marketplace offers sellers, buyers, landlords and renters a secure and easy-to-use platform to find or list properties online.

Just Married? Tips for buying your first home

Advice for couples looking to take the property plunge

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Married couples often have the upper hand when it comes to buying property. Thanks to combined incomes and higher spending power, coupling up can take you one step closer to purchasing your dream home.

However, there are some important differences in the home-buying process for couples and singles. With this in mind, global property portal Lamudi has provided a cheat sheet for newlyweds and other couples looking to enter the real estate market for the first time.

Look at both your finances

If you and your spouse both have a good credit history, your chances of qualifying for a mortgage increase. By pooling your combined income, you will be able to afford a larger down payment and get a better deal on your mortgage. Be honest with your partner about your credit history – from any existing credit card debt to outstanding students loans – so you are well-equipped to approach a financial institution.

Consider going solo

If one partner has a lower credit score, you might need to consider applying for a mortgage without your spouse. The person with the lowest credit score is most likely to come under the microscope during the application process. If it is possible that your partner’s poor credit history will hurt your chances of qualifying for a loan and securing the property you want, you may decide to leave them off the application.

Investigate a partnership agreement

For unmarried couples who are nevertheless looking to purchase a home together, a home buying partnership agreement could be worth your while. This serves as a kind of prenuptial agreement for your home and protects both parties if the relationship does not work out. The legally binding agreement will outline the ownership terms, who pays for expenses such as mortgage repayments and taxes, and how the property will be divided in the event of a break-up.

Track your finances

Once you have qualified for a mortgage, developing a good system for monitoring your combined finances is essential. The first step is to create a shared budget that you will both adhere to. Simple measures like applying for a joint bank account can simplify the process of tracking your finances. You might also consider using a budgeting app to stay organised. Above all, set a regular time to sit down together and review your goals and your financial position, and make sure you stay on track.

ABOUT LAMUDI

Launched in 2013, Lamudi is a global property portal focusing exclusively on emerging markets. The fast-growing platform is currently available in 32 countries in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, with more than 900,000 real estate listings across its global network. The leading real estate marketplace offers sellers, buyers, landlords and renters a secure and easy-to-use platform to find or list properties online.