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honor

Dear Valued Agents, Developers, and Property Seekers

It has been an honor and a privilege serving you for the past four years. Before we officially sign off next week with our final newsletter, we want to take a moment and say thank you. Thank you for listing with us and searching with us since 2013.

Some weeks ago, we announced that Jumia House and meQasa have merged to create one go-to destination for property buyers, property renters, and real estate professionals. Serving you has been an honor for us and we have every confidence that the new meQasa will be able to scale and transform the way you buy, sell and rent property. We look forward to working with the meQasa team to ensure that the transition is smooth.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact customer service on 054 451 0009.

Thank you for buying, selling and renting with Jumia House over that past four years. We hope you’ve enjoyed the service we provided as much as we enjoyed serving you. Welcome to the new family, meQasa.com. We are now bigger, better and bringing you more choice in commercial and residential property in Ghana. Property search is now easier, faster, and better than ever before.

Sincerely,

Jumia House Team.

 

 

meqasa

By now you may have heard the Jumia House has merged with meQasa. Working with you our cherished clients has been a pleasure these past few years and we are happy with the successes we have achieved together through that period.

Together, Jumia House and meQasa become the most powerful real estate marketplace in Ghana. We’re sure your first question is how will this work and how will it affect your account? For now, not much will change. While your account and properties continue to run on Jumia House for the contracted period, you will be given a complimentary plan on meQasa.com‘s platform.

Here are a few concerns that we will like to address now:

  1. What happens to your account, listings, and leads from Jumia House? Your previous Jumia House account will be converted to a meQasa.com account. In this transition, you will not lose any data
  2. How long with the migration take? Migration of your account will be done progressively once the merger is through. Your listings are smoothly transferred along with all relevant stats from your previous Jumia House account. Depending on the bulk of your listings/data, it will be transferred in batches till the migration is complete. Likely within a week, everything should have been migrated.
  3. What changes to price are there? Pricing remains the same, the only difference is that now with our combined power you enjoy double the value of what you used to enjoy on Jumia House alone.
  4. What is the value we speak of? Your properties stand a chance of reaching over 140,000 people a month. This will give you the ultimate online marketing boost you need. Afterall, together Jumia House and meQasa can now deliver the best experience and service.

We can’t wait to introduce you to the meQasa.com family. Your account manager will be reaching out to you in the next few days to arrange an appointment to introduce you to the meQasa.com team and finalize your transition. You can give customer care a call on 054 451 0009 if you have more questions.

On behalf of the meQasa and Jumia House Teams, welcome to the new meQasa.com

registering land

Land is a valuable asset to own as its value increases over time. It is then important to make sure that you take all the required and appropriate steps with the land agencies to avoid disputes. Registering land gives you full rights over the land and its development, so make sure to do it right. Find below steps to take before you register land.

  1. Checks: Make sure to carry out thorough checks about the land. You can consider the services of a land lawyer to do the check and research on the land and prove its availability. Conduct checks with government land overseers to establish if the land has been earmarked for any developmental projects.
  2. Acquisition and Negotiation: Once you confirm the availability and suitability of the land, you can begin negotiations. Be mindful that you need to be dealing with the rightful owner of the land. Note going through a middleman is not advisable.
  3. Document Endorsement: After the agreement, make three copies of the agreement document. A land lawyer will need to endorse the agreement documents. Each copy of the agreement must have a copy of the site plan attached. You will also need to have two extra copies of the site plan. The buyer and owner of the land must sign and endorse the back of the site plan. A licensed land surveyor and regional surveyor will then certify the site plan by stamping on it.
  4. Witness: The law requires that the buyer and the landowner have at least two qualified people to sign as witnesses. The purpose is to testify to the proceedings taking place in the event of any case or challenge of ownership about the land.
  5. Land Commission: Once you endorse all the documents, you send them to the land commission together with a processing fee. This is so the processing and registration of the land begins. After processing, the Land Valuation Board get the documents to stamp and certify.
  6. IRS: The Internal Revenue Service sees to taxes associated with the registration process. The IRS gets the documents for tax clearing of the land. Once complete, you (the buyer) get a tax clearance certificate which you send to the lands commission for final registration at the deeds registry.
  7. Original Copy – At the deeds registry, you get an original copy of the land title document.

If you follow the process listed above accurately, you are assured of no land issues. Keep the land title document in a safe and secure place.

 

land registration

Land registration is the system of recording rights and providing information and evidence concerning ownership. Types of evidence that can be registered include rent, sub-rent, conveyances, assignments, mortgages, gifts, power of attorney, etc. in relation to land

Land Registration benefits

  1. It enables you to invest in land
  2. It gives you access to credit facilities
  3. It proves and ensures the certainty of your ownership of the land
  4. It establishes your rights and interests in the land
  5. Your documents are admissible in court
  6. It clears land litigation

Types of Land

  1. Private or Individual land: This is land owned  by individuals and private entities
  2. Stool or Skin land: This refers to land under the custodianship of various chiefs
  3. Family land: This land managed by the Head of the family assisted by other principal members of the family.
  4. State or Stool vested land: This refers to land managed by the land commission

Before you go ahead to register land, it is advisable to follow due diligence to avoid land disputes. Confirm these two points before you go ahead with land registration.

  1. Make sure you are dealing with the rightful owner of the land. One who is recognized by law. You can conduct an official search in land records as well as make inquiries in the neighborhood.  Do an original survey of the land to be sure the plan used for the search is for the exact land of interest.
  2. Engage the services of a qualified land surveyor. Only surveyors with licenses can legally undertake cadastral surveys.
buy

It’s time to get your first property but you are stuck between to rent or to buy. You are not the first person to ponder over this. We at Jumia House have gathered some points to help you come to a decision relatively faster. Here they are:

  1. Think about how long you plan to stay in the area you have in mind. Renting a place is best for a short stay where as buying is for a rather permanent stay. Are you passing buy or do you plan to stay in the area indefinitely?
  2. You also have to know the amount of space you need. This will help you filter using factors such as price and number of people. Residential properties increase primarily per number of rooms. Whereas commercial properties by square meters.
  3. Ask yourself how much you are willing to spend. Houses for sale are especially expensive and would not be a good idea for a low-income earner. Search on Jumia House and other property portals to get an idea of current market prices. This will help you come closer to deciding whether to rent or buy.
  4. With respect to commercial properties, such as office spaces, showrooms, and warehouses, buying is the best option. This is because commercial properties pricing is by its square meter. That would mean the price given multiplied by the space needed.

In a nutshell, the decision to rent or buy property depends on your current situation. Evaluate yourself, evaluate your environment and see which best suits you.

house guest

Having a spare bedroom to offer your house guest is nice to have but you do not have one.

We have some tips to make your home comfortable and hospitable for your house guest. Here they are:

  1. If it’s possible to give your guest a dedicated room. This means if for the time your guest in town your children can share a room or sleep in your room, do this. You can convert a storage room in the house into a hospitable space. Make an appraisal of your home and decide which space you can convert into a hospitable space for your guest.
  2. You have decided to have your guest sleep in your living room, we recommend having a privacy screen. This screen should be put in the area where your house guest would be sleeping. You can use a folding screen that you can tuck away once your guest leaves.
  3. The space you may be giving your guest is not big but make your guest feel welcome by creating a space where they can keep their things. You can have a table where your guest can keep his/her toiletries. You can also invest in a collapsible storage space for guests.
  4. Be sure to give your house guest a space close to the bathroom. In the bathroom create a space for the guest to place their toothbrush and body soap.
  5. Consider the temperature in the space you will be giving to your guest. Provide a standing fan and sleeping clothes to make your guest comfortable not matter the temperature.
  6. For guest who will be sleeping in open spaces like the living room, you can provide them with a table lamp. This would be convenient as they would not need to get out of their bed to turn on and off the light. It will also make the space more intimate.
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