The opportunity for the real estate industry starts with the people on the ground

Design Mission Africa, organised by IDE Consulting Services, is currently under way at the Sandton Convention Centre, bringing together stakeholders of the real estate industry to solve trade challenges, discuss sustainability issues and encourage investment. Three key points covered over the two days include efficient building measures, visual appeal and quality standards in terms of product and process.
The first day of the summit saw Nana Kwame Bediako, President, founder and CEO of Pretonia City (the first energy city in Africa) and WondaWorld Estates in Ghana deliver a keynote address on ‘Creating the new Africa: How the establishment of symbiotic relationships between industries will enable Africa to redefine real estate development’. He mentioned five things developers need to consider at the beginning of a project, namely location, city and property management, industrialisation, innovation, and gentrification. The key takeaway was to start at the end user’s needs – to live, work, play and pray – and develop around the community’s lifestyle. “First sell the lifestyle,” he said. “Then think about the development.”

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Adding to the keynote, a panel discussion on ‘Exploring new opportunities and benefits for improving buildings environmental performance in Africa’ featured Mike Aldous from Green Building and Sustainability Services, Shiree Darley of Darley Interior Architectural Design (DIAD), and Vere Shaba of Shaba Green Building Solutions.

Darley also emphasised the importance of being involved from the beginning, and similarly for Aldous, the focus is on having an integrated efficiency outlook, looking at buildings holistically over the course of their lifespan.

Sustainability challenges

Darley has seen an increased awareness around sustainability and green spaces as living environments. “The focus has moved towards the whole package,” and the value is in the building’s durability and longevity, she said.

A major challenge is that it’s more expensive to be green. “Developers shouldn’t be penalised for creating a green product,” which is what’s happening now. Instead, they should be rewarded, said Darley, pertaining to the support of manufacturers and suppliers to keep costs down where possible, policies to be put in place, and government incentives, or “we will have to find new ways to implement our visions”.

Aldous believes there’s a huge benefit to having a framework to guide your sustainability objectives. He suggests implementing policy at a baseline, and thinks that having a list of minimum requirements would raise the bar.

Knowledge and sponsorship are other major barriers, added Shaba. There needs to be a mind shift – an understanding that the benefits outweigh the percentage of expenditure on sustainable materials in the long-term.

Back to Darley’s point of being brought in from the beginning, Shaba thinks it would be more cost effective if the greening process is implemented from the conceptual stage. She believes that if consultants are first informed of the client’s needs, then the industry would catch up. “The opportunity really starts at the client’s end,” she said, and in this way, people can contribute to their own sustainability.

Cape Town’s Voortrekker Road Corridor project discussed at African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit

The Voortrekker Road Corridor offers a unique opportunity to invest in the urban core of Cape Town in one of its most important transit-oriented development corridors, taking advantage of the central location and extensive public transport infrastructure,” according to Councillor Johan van der Merwe, the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Environmental and Spatial Planning. The City of Cape Town will present its Voortrekker Road Corridor: Strategy and Investment Plan at the upcoming African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit at the Mother City’s CTICC from 2-3 November.

Cape Town’s Voortrekker Road Corridor project discussed at African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit
The presentation, which is open to industry professionals, forms part of an exciting line-up of high-level representatives from leading African cities, including Cape Town, Johannesburg, Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, Lusaka and Kampala, who will showcase the investment and development opportunities offered by their cities’ Urban Development Plans or specific major infrastructure projects.

“The City has spent in excess of R300 million on infrastructure investments,” says Councillor van der Merwe, “which are directly serving the corridor and significantly more on bulk infrastructure that contributes towards the corridor. One of the key infrastructure investments that we are making is providing financing to PRASA to undertake a study to develop a plan of improvements/upgrades to this important rail corridor.”

He foresees the main challenges to be “urban management, which includes crime, grime and maintenance, which is a key issue within the corridor. Solving this challenge is key to attracting investors to the area. We see the solution to this challenge emanating from the continuation and further development of partnerships between the City, the Greater Tygerberg Partnership, city improvement districts, land owners, business operators, civic organisations and residents. In addition to this partnership approach, we are working with the City improvement districts and the Greater Tygerberg Partnership to provide additional services in key locations.”

Cape Town’s Voortrekker Road Corridor project discussed at African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit

African city of the future

More headline speakers at the African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit who will also focus on key case studies of visionary city planning, investment opportunities in the commercial and residential real estate sector, the African city of the future and the challenges of urbanisation are:

Tim Harris, CEO, WESGRO
Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General, UCLG-A*
Lord Mayor, Hon. Isaya Mwita Charles, Dar es Salaam
Lekwalo Mosienyane, Director, Business Botswana
Mokena Makeka, Founder & Principal, Makeka Design Lab, South Africa
Kecia Rust, Director & Founder, Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa/Secretariat to the African Union for Housing Finance, UN-Habitat, South Africa
Amine Turki, Secretary General, Africa Union of Architects, Tunisia
Professor Vanessa Watson, School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics, University of Cape

*UCLG-A: United Cities and Local Governments of Africa

The African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit will gather the full spectrum of the continent’s real estate sector and will assist African cities and governments to secure international investment for commercial real estate development and infrastructure projects that will contribute to Urban Development Plans (UDPs).

Cape Town’s Voortrekker Road Corridor project discussed at African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit

The African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit is organised by Spintelligent, leading Cape Town-based trade exhibition and conference organiser, and the African office of Clarion Events Ltd, based in the UK.

Spintelligent is well known for organising exhibitions and conferences across the continent in the infrastructure, energy, mining, agriculture and education sectors. Longstanding flagship events by Spintelligent include African Utility Week, East African Power Industry Convention (EAPIC), West African Power Industry Convention (WAPIC), Agritech Expo, DRC Mining Week and EduWeek.

The African city of the future

The African Real Estate and Infrastructure Summit in November will gather developers, investors and planners together on the continent to discuss the future of the African city and come up with a unique model that serves the interests of all people on the continent.
Nairobi, Kenya. Image by 123RF
Nairobi, Kenya. Image by 123RF
“New forms of urban planning in African cities seem to be dedicated to transforming them into replicas of Dubai, Shanghai and Singapore,” says Professor Vanessa Watson, of the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics, University of Cape Town.

According to Prof Watson, the main challenge of the real estate sector on the continent currently is “to find approaches to real estate development which are not only for the wealthy, and which find architectural and planning approaches which are not simplistic ‘cut and pastes’ of cities elsewhere in the world.”

Watson is part of the speaker line-up at the upcoming African Real Estate and Infrastructure Summit in Cape Town, from 2-3 November 2016, with a contribution that will focus on ‘African cities for sale. Worldclass, smart, eco or just profitable?’

She explains: “Rapid growth of African cities means that urban development is required, but noting that the vast majority of this growth is of poor and unemployed households. The very small urban middle-class offers limited opportunity for real estate aimed high-income households. Finding housing models for lower income households is absolutely possible and offers far greater opportunity.”

Other exciting speakers on the programme include Jose Miranda, regional director Africa, Aurecon, who will be part of a presentation entitled: ‘What makes an $800-billion project in Africa?’ about the international, award-winning General Master Plan for Luanda City (2030 Luanda Plan), outlining the sustainable transformation and development plans; and Albert Smuts, architect and director, Fieldworks Design Group, who is part of a panel discussion on ‘Making African cities of tomorrow inclusive’, at the event next month.

Says Miranda: “Water, energy and sanitation are fundamental needs for all human beings. Preserving Luanda’s natural environment, whilst providing the people of Luanda with a future city they will benefit from, is an important priority to Aurecon within the Luanda City Master Plan or Plano Director Geral Metropolitano de Luanda (PDGML).

“As part of the strategic city and provincial wide infrastructure planning service provided, we attempted to ensure the people of Luanda and surrounds have access to energy, drinkable water, sanitation, and increased waste recycling.”

Smuts says there seems to be a measurable disconnect between the public sector and private sector regarding city planning. “There is very little in the form of readily available land intended for private development within our urban centres, and in turn governmental city planning suffers because of the consequential sprawl.”

He continues: “the rate of urbanisation in Africa far exceeds that of the western world, which means that un-programmed, unprotected open land becomes quickly commoditised. This exacerbates issues associated with the expansion of suburbia and urban sprawl.”

More headline speakers at the African Real Estate and Infrastructure Summit are: Tim Harris, CEO, WESGRO; Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, secretary general, UCLG-A; Lekwalo Mosienyane, director, Business Botswana; Mokena Makeka, founder and principal, Makeka Design Lab, South Africa; Kecia Rust, director and founder, Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa / Secretariat to the African Union for Housing Finance, UN-Habitat; Amine Turki, secretary general, Africa Union of Architects, Tunisia.

The Summit will gather the full spectrum of the continent’s real estate sector and will assist African cities and governments to secure international investment for commercial real estate development and infrastructure projects that will contribute to Urban Development Plans (UDPs).
The African Real Estate and Infrastructure Summit is organised by Spintelligent and the African office of Clarion Events, based in the UK.

Chelan County Short Subdivision

According to Chelan County/WA a short subdivision aka Short Plat is the division of land into four or fewer lots, plots, sites, parcels, or tracts. note: examples are based on Chelan County Code but, the same principles are used in all counties. Check with your jurisdiction on the different type of subdivision they offer.

This means that if a parcel of land’s zoning allows for division of land, then a person can go through the short plat process and achieve this division. Example: A 10 acre parcel, zoned RR2.5 or 2.5 acre min. lot size, can be short subdivided into four separate lots each with separate parcel numbers. As you can see this can create a tremendous amount of value. Note: Zoning designations can be different in different counties, cities and states, check with a professional or local agencies to find out the current zoning for a specific property.

This process is commonly thought of as dividing a large plat of land but, this same process can be used in Urban areas. Example No. 2 – A 20,000 sq. ft. lot, zoned UR3 (Urban Residential 3) Chelan County WA, can be divided into four, 5,000 sq. ft lots or 7,000 sq. ft. lot with a duplex.

Example 3 – Through your research your calculation determine that you can subdivide into 6 lots based on the zoning and parcel size. Within Chelan County WA you would then have to go through a formal subdivision process. This process will take at least 6-8 weeks longer to complete, require two hearings with the county and a significant increase in development costs i.e. roads, utilities, engineering etc. As you can see the variable cost of developing 2 additional lots may exceed your return.

The advantages of a short plat are reduced application process time, reduced development costs, reduced project risk and earlier return on investment. Check with your county or cities planning department to determine what process is right for your project. Or Contact a professional land use consulting firm to perform a project analysis.

Web Development Companies Of Sydney Fosters Effective Rise In Online Sales

In web technologies Australia have been a frontrunner and it is interesting to note that that this country was first to effectively implement electronic commerce. From real estate to retail sector and from newsagents to the trans-state railways, all have interactive web portals. The web development companies of Sydney are now of have high repute, their reputation is not only limited within Australia but it has spreaded across the planet. The Australian website design and website development companies offer cheap but lucrative solutions.

There are plenty of web site development companies and selection of the proper one is indeed a major job. Selection matters and we all weren’t to get the best web based presence. This is nothing but a common fact that web presence is now must to do business better. In the recent past even after global economic slow down, online trade remained unchanged. There are different stages of web development and it is good idea to have basic overview of the processes that these Sydney web development companies follow.

Foremost the web development companies send the functional consultants to know the client’s requirement better. As the prominent web development and design companies if Sydney focuses high on the client’s expectations, each specification of the client is taken seriously. A close comparison is drawn between the competitor sites to judge the best and innovative way of developing a site. As several tools and software are in use while developing a site, the different options of selection of these tools are provided before the clients. As the client specifies the, the developmental process begins.

In case of any change in use of tools and technologies, the clients are informed immediately. And it is only after the approval from the client’s end, the Sydney web development companies progress. There are several models of system development and the educated Sydney web developers proceed only as per the system development life cycle. In web sites, look and feel matters a lot and the Sydney web development service providers recruit highly skilled and trained designers and developers who have a strong sense of artistry.

In case of web hoisting, the Sydney web development companies offer cheap rates. Often in case of hosting in Linux platform, special rates are provided. For the client’s convenience, different web development companies of Sydney maintain toll free numbers. In case of any urgent requirement the client can punch in these numbers and can inform. So, it can be summarized that the Sydney web development companies offer amazing services at best rates.

There are several companies that offer web based solutions and especially in the city of Sydney, there are plenty of web development companies. Self study along with suggestion from the people who have already taken assistance of these companies can provide a clear insight. This indeed helps to be in the safer side, web development involves investment and a wrong investment without the desired return may be just wastage of bucks.

The community newspapers and the local tabloids might provide information on the different web solution providers of Australia. In Sydney the newsagents may help to obtain a proper newspaper that provides address and details of the different web developers. Still, the final decision making rests upon the shoulder of service seeker.

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Dwarka Flats Price Has Doubled In 3 Years

In current years, the property market of Dwarka has certainly seen a standard shift. Dwarka Property is witnessing a new trend in living the lifestyle, with tall buildings and commercial malls. Apart from residential society apartments, flats the concept of integrated town also inaugurating Dwarka with many major players in real estate development projects engaged exclusively in this field. Dwarka Property value has doubled in the last three or four years. Currently it is almost impossible to find a good residential property in less than 75 lakh rupees. The most key factor in pumping the housing boom of Dwarka is Metro, which has emerged as an crucial matter of convenience for residents here. Before that, it was hard for residents to travel to remote areas, like cannaught place, south delhi and North Delhi.

Dwarka is the prime colony in Asia and has a total of 29 sectors, of which 23 are functional. If CBI clears all the residential flats in dwarka, you can climb to 75-80%. In Delhi, there are many family who are very interested in buying a property in Dwarka. And just only because of the Delhi Metro, Flyover and underpass of Dwarka. After some time, ISBT also come-up in Sector 23, Dwarka and it will also boom property in dwarka.

Dwarka has a great deal to offer its residents.

1. It is very bring to a close connected with the domestic and international airport.
2. It has wide roads, big markets and shopping malls.
3. It is well connected with major parts of Delhi by metro, DTC buses and very close to both South Delhi and West Delhi.

Another reason why Dwarka has witnessed immense development is that because of the scarcity of land in the rest of Delhi, has become an obvious alternative for real estate development. Sector. 23 is almost developed and Sector 24, 25 and 26 are in development from the 29 sectors of Dwarka. Moreover, the arrival of 32 lanes, which is closely linked to Dwarka Delhi, and real estate values here have an optimal impact of growth.

There are about 350 CGHS which are now operational and an average of 100 family are in a society. Dwarka Compared to other big colonies like Rohini, gurgaon and noida, one will find the apartments in Dwarka are much more expensive. A normal residential apartment and simple Rohini expenses around Rs 45 lakh while the same costs Rs 75 lakh in Dwarka. To purchase a residential apartment in Dwarka, people are selling their apartments in nearby societies and people want to live in an area with new construction, better social infrastructure.

The Delhi Development Authority has risen to fourty thousands residential units in the self-financing plans mega housing units, HIG, MIG and incremental. It has been designed especially to the economically weaker sections (EWS) of residential society. The delhi development authority has planned a series of early warning systems, LIG and Resettlement of homes in the area of systems. There are about 20 thousands flats in Dwarka DDA which are held from 8.000 to 10.000. Among all the DDA flats in Dwarka, over 70 percent are ready and we are expecting the award.

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