Morocco's Residential Real Estate ~ Update

Prices in Morocco's residential real estate market are holding steady in 2011, with a slight overall decline balanced by increases in the key apartment segment and in some high-demand areas of the country. Residential rentals have also held up well and, in spite of the wave of political unrest in North Africa earlier this year, the development of major real estate projects is largely on track, with domestic investors and low-cost housing set to drive further growth.

According to figures released in February by Bank Al Maghrib, the Moroccan central bank, having risen 2.4% year-on-year at the end of September, residential real estate sale prices ended 2010 slightly down after a slow final quarter, at 0.9% below where they stood at end-2009 and 2% below end-September. However, the value of apartment sales - which account for the majority of transactions - rose slightly, up 0.3% on the previous year.

Fez and Marrakech see price rises

A number of areas, including the Fez-Boulmane and Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz regions, also bucked the trend, witnessing notable price increases. The sale value of apartments and houses increased by 1.3% and 2.3%, respectively, in the business capital, Casablanca, which accounted for 40% of all sales. Prices also held up well considering a 28.4% fall in the number of transactions in the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to the same period in 2009. The Fez area appears set to continue in a positive way as it is not subject to security concerns and visitor numbers are expected to increase in the coming months.

The residential rental market appears to be performing more strongly, with property agencies reporting both a solid 2010 in terms of rentals and optimism regarding 2011. Rental prices are reported to have risen in the country's respective political and commercial capitals, Rabat and Casablanca.


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