The real estate industry in Ghana continues to boom as new residential facilities spring up in several parts of the country with impressive improvement in infrastructure.
Owning a property is considered one of the biggest investments one could ever make in life and it is mostly considered as an adorable feat to attain. Affordability of house or land is the prime question that comes to mind when trying to secure a property. Over the years, various governments have attempted to activate affordable housing schemes to provide shelter for citizens as part of their development agenda.
Housing units being described as affordable are going for approximately US$29,000 for a two-bedroom unit and US$57,000 for a three-bedroom unit. These units meant for the low and middle-income public, civil servants and security service personnel, are clearly out of their range, meaning, lower income earners within the country may never benefit from affordable housing projects.
What baffles most Ghanaians is why real estate developers sell their properties in dollars and not cedis. Speaking at the 2018 edition of the meQasa Property Expo, Director of Sales at Estatepedia, Richard Osafo on the topic, How to Spot a Home With Investor Potential explained to investors, “ideally, the dollar has some sort of weight (as) against the cedi. Now the reason why some of us deal in dollars is because of a few things. First of all, if we list it in dollars, we don’t lose out on the actual principal we invested in the product. The dollar keeps on increasing so it helps to make some sort of mark-up”.
He further added that although it is not fair on their part to list their properties in dollars, there are no restrictions imposed on them as to how far they can go.
This article originally appeared on Business Insider by Pulse Ghana titled “Here is Why Real Estate Developers Sell Thier Properties in Dollars” and was written by Desmond Frimpong.