$21bn investment in housing sector expected this year

$21bn investment in housing

$21bn investment in housing sector

Halal Incorp & Media Agencies,

Riyadh — Saudi Arabia’s housing minister said last week he expects investments in the real estate financing sector to reach between SR60 billion and SR80 billion ($21.33 billion) in 2019 as reported by Saudi Gazette.

Real estate financing for January hit SR4.7 billion, and coming months were expected to see even bigger figures, Majed Al-Hogail told Reuters on the sidelines of a housing conference in Riyadh.

The ministry wants 60 percent of Saudis to own homes by 2020. It is working with local banks to facilitate financing and help developers increase the supply of affordable units.

The private sector is now financing 100 percent of housing market needs, up from 35 percent previously, the minister said on stage at the conference. He said banks provide 93 percent of real estate financing, with real estate financing firms covering the rest.

He also said he hopes to raise home ownership to 15,000 new households per month by 2020, from a little over 10,000 per month now.

“The average supply of housing units in the Saudi real estate market is between 350,000 to 375,000 units across the Kingdom,” he told Reuters. Ninety thousand families access the market yearly, he said, and the government hopes to raise the percentage of home ownership by 7 percent annually.

The Saudi government wants to increase activity in the real estate market as it moves to revitalize the economy, and is taking steps to reform the sector as part of its Vision 2030 strategic plan. — Reuters

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