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11 ‘Commandments’ of Land Buying

Secrets that many land selling companies don't want you to know

In the current landscape of land issues, instances of land grabbing,
double allocation,and fraudulent practices have unfortunately become commonplace.
As a result, many individuals are eager to acquire land but are unsure of the necessary
legal steps to take, leading them to fall victim to scams and lose their hard-earned money.
The proliferation of land buying companies has further exacerbated this issue nationwide.
Recognizing the importance of addressing this problem,
Dagma lands Director Chris Mathea
Dagma lands Director Christopher Mathea
       kenlive.co.ke has enlisted the expertise of professionals in this field to provide guidance.
       Below, we present 11 essential steps to consider when planning to purchase land,
       ensuring a more informed and secure transaction.
1    Title Verification: Start by confirming the land’s title deed at the Ministry of Lands
     to establish the current owner, land size, and any restrictions or encumbrances.
2    On-Site Inspection: Visit the property to verify its existence and accuracy of details,
      including boundaries, land size, and topography.
3   Historical Investigation: Delve into the land’s past, including previous transactions,
      disputes, or subdivisions, through land records and discussions with neighboring landowners.
4 Ownership Validation: Ensure that the seller is the rightful owner of the land and that
    there are no disputes or third-party claims.

Secrets that many land selling companies don't want you to know

5  Financial Obligations: Check for unpaid rates, taxes, or mortgages on the land,
     as they can impact ownership rights and result in additional expenses.
6    Survey and Boundary Review: Examine the land survey and beacon information
        to confirm precise property       boundaries.
7    Environmental Compliance: Assess the land’s adherence to environmental
     regulations and zonin requirements, which is essential for future land use.
8     Community and Neighbors: Engage with the local community and neighboring
       landowners to gather insights on the land’s history and potential issues.
9    Legal Documentation: Consult a legal expert to scrutinize all documents, contracts,
     and agreements related to the land purchase.
10   Professional Guidance: Seek assistance from professionals like land surveyors,
       real estate agents, and lawyers to ensure a comprehensive due diligence process.
11   Conducting due diligence when buying land is a meticulous process,
       crucial for safeguarding your investment in Kenya’s intricate land market.
       Remember that it’s not an option but a necessity to acquire property with
       clear legal status and market value, reducing the risk of legal disputes and financial losses.

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Ken Maasai

Ken Wakuraya is a seasoned Journalist with official accreditation from the Media Council of Kenya, possessing extensive expertise in covering political, Entertainment, and Human interest stories.

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