Housing Finance in Seychelles

Overview

Seychelles 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.

The lowest recorded interest rate on a mortgage in Seychelles is 7.5 percent, as of September 2016, and requires at least a 10 percent down payment. The cheapest newly built house by a developer recorded by CAHF is US$ 164 000, which is for a 100 square metre unit. Cement prices are lower than the continental average, at US$ 7.96 for a 50-kilogram bag.

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. Two state-owned companies, Housing Finance Company and Property Management Company, support market growth with a range of products. 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 Seychelles can afford.

Find out more information on the housing finance sector of Seychelles, 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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