Housing Finance in Central African Republic

Overview

Central African Republic has a limited 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.

The lowest recorded interest rate on a mortgage in Central African Republic is 15 percent, as of September 2016, and requires at least a 30 percent down payment. The cheapest newly built house by a developer recorded by CAHF is US$ 24 000, which is for a 50 square metre unit. Cement prices are higher than the continental average, at US$ 17.30 for a 50-kilogram bag.

With an urbanisation rate of 2.62 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. Inflation and forex risk are mitigated by membership to Communauté Économique et Monétaire des Etats de l’Afrique Centrale (CEMAC), but political instability has limited housing market development. 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 Central African Republic can afford.

Find out more information on the housing finance sector of Central African Republic, 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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