What’s Trending in Residential Property Sales?

Admin June 15, 2022

With the first half of 2022 coming to an end, we thought it might be important to  summarize for you the trends that we have picked in the first six months of the year. We have also cast our eyes on the projections of the market going into the rest of the year. 

The property market still remains quite unpredictable in terms of sales trends with some areas having more supply than demand, but there are plenty of buyers on the market and accurately priced properties are selling well. The majority of development activity is being witnessed in the residential segment which also continues to dominate sales activity as densification and expansion of cities continue.


Entry-level purchases

The country is facing a daunting national housing backlog estimated to be around 1.25 million units, with social amenities infrastructure also in deficiency. Demand for housing is high but capacity and affordability remains an issue for many potential buyers. 

Lack of mortgage funding has created a huge market of people buying stands on credit terms and self build overtime. The combination of low funding and affordability is pushing first time buyers to opt for buying residential stands in new developments mostly in peri-urban areas. This has seen an uptick in demand for such properties.


Luxury Properties

While entry-level properties are the most popular, there has also been a surprising uptick in sales for exclusive and luxurious development in the form of Gated/Cluster apartments. 

The middle and upper middle class are pushing demand for such properties as they seek to upgrade lifestyles. 


Redevelopment Properties

In Harare, sales have increased within new commercial corridors across the city along major roads such as Emmerson Mnangagwa Road (formerly  Enterprise), Liberation Legacy Way (formerly Borrowdale Road), Harare Drive, Churchill Road, Samora Machel Avenue East-West,Second Street, etc.

Properties in such areas are being targeted for redevelopment and change of use from residential to commercial uses. In old neighbourhoods such as Greendale, Mandara, Marlborough, Hatfield, Waterfalls, etc buyers are buying to redevelop into cluster developments.


Low Cost Housing 

Low-income housing supply is expected to improve as more banks are entering the development market in partnership with government and local authorities and also providing funding options to lower the cost of housing.  

Government has encouraged such developments as they seek to deliver 220 000 houses and flats by 2025 in line with the National Development Strategy (NDS1) and Vision 2030.



Apartments in central locations such as in the Avenues and around Avondale are always in demand with demand usually outstripping supply.

We do project to see an uptick in buyer enquiries, and more active property viewings as Covid infection numbers decrease. 

If you are considering selling your property, it’s a good time for you to make a move as we expect the trends to pick up as the year progresses.


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