Housing Finance in Sudan


Sudan 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 Sudan is 12 percent, as of September 2016, and requires at least a 50 percent down payment. The cheapest newly built house by a developer recorded by CAHF is US$ 16 000, which is for an 80 square metre unit. Cement prices are higher than the continental average, at US$ 11.00 for a 50-kilogram bag.

With an urbanisation rate of 2.77 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. The building and construction sector only makes up 3.4 percent of GDP, while only 311 000 serviced plots were distributed between 1956 and 2007. 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 Sudan can afford.

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