Cement Price, Cost of Building Materials, Others Force Developers to Abandon Projects Nationwide

Cement Price, Cost of Building Materials, Others Force Developers to Abandon Projects Nationwide

Challenges in Real Estate Development: Rising Cement Prices and Economic Pressures.


In the realm of real estate development, escalating costs of building materials, particularly cement, coupled with economic uncertainties, are compelling developers to reconsider their projects nationwide. This shift is primarily driven by the volatile exchange rates and the subsequent surge in the prices of essential construction materials.

The surge in cement prices, surpassing N9,000 per bag in recent months, has posed a significant setback for developers. Many existing contracts with variation clauses have become financially burdensome, leading to project delays and, in some cases, abandonment. Developers, speaking anonymously, lament the strain imposed by the soaring costs, which has compelled them to halt projects indefinitely due to the financial strain on buyers.

The repercussions extend beyond unfinished projects to completed properties, where homeowners are grappling with additional costs for finishing and furnishing. Some homeowners are opting to sell their properties due to the high costs involved in completing them, as highlighted by Mr. Wale’s decision to sell his newly acquired property to avoid further financial strain.

To adapt to the evolving economic landscape, property sellers are considering dollarizing their assets, pegging property values to the fluctuating dollar rates. However, this strategy has not necessarily facilitated sales, as potential buyers remain scarce, resulting in constant price adjustments for sellers.

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The foreign exchange crisis has also deterred Nigerians abroad from investing in the country’s real estate market. The depreciating exchange rate has diminished the attractiveness of such investments, prompting some diaspora Nigerians to seek opportunities in more stable economies like Dubai, where investment returns are more predictable.

Moreover, the economic challenges are impacting the quality of life within estate developments, particularly regarding essential services like power supply. Estates like MIGB Gardens in Lekki are struggling to maintain steady power supply due to surging diesel prices, leading to prolonged power outages and heightened security concerns among residents.

As a result of these challenges, estate dues and service charges are on the rise, creating tension between residents and service providers. Many residents oppose fee increases, citing economic hardships, further complicating the situation.

Looking ahead, the real estate landscape in Nigeria may continue to face hurdles as the rising cost of goods and services persists. This situation not only threatens project timelines but also raises concerns about the quality and standards of building materials as developers seek cost-effective alternatives to deliver projects.

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