Housing Finance in Botswana

Overview

Botswana has a growing housing finance sector. As the mortgage market does not yet meet the breadth of the population who might afford a mortgage, most households still finance their housing independently, with savings or non-mortgage credit.

 There are currently 20 000 mortgages in the country, with the average mortgage size being US$ 50 500. The cheapest newly built house by a developer recorded by CAHF is US$ 36 000, which is for a 60 square metre unit. Cement prices are lower than the continental average, at US$ 4.30 for a 50-kilogram bag.

With an urbanisation rate of 2.35 percent, demand for affordable housing will remain strong, both for rental and purchase. Housing microfinance will play an important role in increasing the supply of housing, and efforts to increase access should be undertaken. Botswana Building Society and the Botswana Housing Company, both African Union for Housing Finance (AUHF) members, continue to be important players in the market. There are efforts to increase affordaiblity, and the implementation of a national land registration system should support property market growth. With a good macroeconomic environment, sound policy, better data and increased access to affordable credit, an enabled housing market can increasingly provide housing that the average household in Botswana can afford.

Find out more information on the housing finance sector of Botswana, including key stakeholders, important policies and housing affordability:


Each year, CAHF publishes its Housing Finance in Africa Yearbook. The profile above is from the 2016 edition, which has up-to-date profiles for 51 African countries.

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