Despite the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 crisis, Egypt’s property developers enjoyed a bumper Q3 last year, with sales turning positive on a YoY basis, reflecting optimism for a quicker and more robust recovery over 2021, according to Invest-Gate’s latest market overview report, titled “Scope-Out Egypt’s Real Estate Scene in 2020.”
While surveying about 17 developers on the sidelines of Cityscape Egypt’s return last November to identify how they cope with the new normal, Invest-Gate’s R&A team explores the post-Coronavirus supply and demand pillars to take a comprehensive look at the prospects for real estate in the year ahead, thereby putting together a summarized wrap up on the pandemic bang from all aspects.
“Research showed the ebb and flow of activity in Egypt’s real estate market since the inception of COVID-19 in March 2020. Many developers had felt more cautious over a property glut when the outbreak first conquered the world, which triggered radical uncertainty about the status quo and, as a ripple effect, depressing demand and supply rates as of Q1 2020,” says Invest-Gate CEO & Managing Partner Mohamed Fouad.
That comes on the back of the contact bans and curfews imposed by Egypt to curb the virus spread, not to mention the government-dictated precautionary measures. All of this had a statistically significant negative effect on real estate sector performance for hampering the customary process of brokering and marketing products.
Although the sense of uncertainty is still unsettling, thanks to the resurgence of a second COVID-19 wave, the Egyptian real estate market has been rallying to navigate the outbreak, therefore rising again and riding the tide of tension as of Q3 2020 to remain on pace for sustainable urban development in line with Egypt Vision 2030.
In 2020 only, at least 103,000 housing units have been built across various new cities, with combined investments of EGP 23.46 bn, says Minister of Housing, Utilities, and Urban Communities Assem El Gazzar.
From developing and upgrading Egypt’s infrastructure to gearing for the inauguration of more than 20 new cities across the country, the government spares no effort to create conditions conducive to urban growth and to lay the foundations for a more vigorous economy moving forward.
Reconciliation in construction violations, digitization of all things real estate, development of a well-crafted mortgage finance system, and more initiatives are taken for both public and private sectors to break through.
With the government’s blessings, there is a maturing optimism from almost 88% of Invest-Gate’s surveyed respondents about developers’ ability to continue work on their property projects across Egypt, thereby positively contributing to extra real estate supply in the months to come.
Better yet, 65% of respondents plan to boost their supply in 2021 by launching new projects and sticking to their schedules to deliver more units. However, some others are skeptical about market conditions and how things will stand in the near term. About 35% of responding companies would instead go in a wait-and-see mode to optimize in the face of uncertainty.
Most of all, market players are optimistic for a much stronger real estate sector that will bounce back even more potent in 2021.
Hopes are high that Egypt’s robust property market can help the doing business remain vibrant in the near term, even against more enormous economic headwinds showing up on the run, Invest-Gate’s R&A team concludes.
It is no news that Invest-Gate’s R&A team is continuously on the pulse of Egypt’s realty sector, putting particular emphasis on understanding market conditions and circumstances in the wake of Coronavirus to figure out the influence gauge of this ongoing calamity. To take a peek at our parade of market research reports, click here.
The Real Deal
Wednesday, 17 February 2021
Real estate developers talk to Invest-Gate about the sector’s recovery on operational and financial levels during the second half of 2020. They shed light on the driving forces behind the burgeoning rise in real estate demand, on top of which is digitalization. In addition, they delve into what they consider a safety net for investments in these turbulent times.
The Real Deal
Sunday, 24 January 2021
As a second wave of the COVID-19 outbreak emerges, Invest-Gate attempts to explore the dynamic relationship between economic growth and real estate, reaching out to several key market players to find their insights on the role of the brick-and-mortar industry in pushing the Egyptian economy forward, despite the global disruption due to the continued health crisis.
The Real Deal
Wednesday, 20 January 2021
To what extent did the outbreak skew buying trends in Egypt? What are the affordable price points in the face mask era? And how to assess consumer affordability to adjust real estate prices accordingly? Invest-Gate takes these concerns to local realty players who will define the post-Coronavirus consumer behavior and dynamics, in a bid to spark rebound in real estate demand by understanding market conditions.
The Real Deal
Wednesday, 23 December 2020
Looking forward to 2020 and beyond, Invest-Gate reaches out to a panel of Egypt-based real estate developers to identify the extent to which this year's realty sector stands in stark contrast to previous periods amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, attempting to determine what could the 2021 property market have in store.