Finding The Safest & Best Places To Live In Africa
The Gambia sells itself, once you know about it. Our property finder service offers a professional one-to-one service that takes you through the whole process, from searching hundreds of properties and building plots, talking to estate agents and negotiating prices, to dealing with lawyers, builders, developers, agents and officials.
The Gambia is well known as a tourist destination in Europe and across West Africa which increases the pool of potential buyers for your property should you wish to sell. The Gambia offers value for money and there is an ever increasing demand from international visitors. Whether you are looking for a small studio or a villa set in its own land, the Gambia offers an endless range of properties to suit any budget.
As a rule of thumb, you should always build, buy or rent a property that meets your basic needs in the best area you can afford. Here are some tips designed to help you find building land or property in The Gambia that is affordable and suitable for you and your family.
How To Find The Best Property To Buy In The Gambia
It is not uncommon for land to be ‘sold’ to multiple purchasers, who then may end up in court seeking to establish ownership of the land against other ‘buyers’. Unlike a real estate agent, we are not going to try to convince you to buy.
We offer a turn-key solution for a safe and secure buying process and our Gambian land buying service offer a safe and secure route for you to purchase your dream property or building development plot in The Gambia. Once you are convinced you want to buy land or property in The Gambia, just telephone us and we will start the search.
Where To Find The Best Property To Buy In The Gambia
Identify your most desirable options in an area and look for alternative options in communities that will benefit from planned development in the years to come and find out what the current demand is for those area.Are houses, villas or apartments in the area receiving multiple offers and is the gap between the ‘First Price’ and ‘Final Price’ decreasing or increasing?
Beach Front & Sea View Properties in The Gambia
A beach-front property with sea views and a terrace is highly sought after in any country and The Gambia is no exception. Coastal properties offer excellent opportunities for year round rental as well as making fabulous tourist businesses. Such land and properties are available in some areas of Gambia but obviously at a premium.
However it is also very important to understand that much of the coastal land ie land on the beach side of the coastal highway is part of the Tourist Development Area and generally is not available for sale.
Occasionally this land is sold to unwary investors who lose all their money and assets when it is subsequently confiscated by the government. As with all purchases it is recommended to use the services of an accredited lawyer to check the status of the land in question before any money changes hands.
Land is also set aside by the government for social housing, nature conservation or land that is deemed to be of strategic national importance. The possession of a leasehold certificate protects any land/property holder from any subsequent government embargoes which may be instigated without warning on any lands.
Rural & Village Properties in The Gambia
Rural properties afford you peace and quiet, access to nature and beautiful views. In general you do get more for your money by moving inland to buy land and building your own home. This involves sourcing the available land, ensuring that the land is legally available for development and of the correct use class ie residential not agricultural, and meeting with designers / architects and builders.
We will accompany you to these meetings to ensure you are fully aware of what is going on, and get exactly what you want for your money.
Things to consider:
- There is a limited infrastructure in terms of hospitals, schools, transport, roads, utilities, etc.
- If you are retiring to The Gambia, you need to consider access if only one of you drives. Roads in summer can be affected by rain and storms
- Utilities may not be in place which means you will have to factor in the costs for solar power and water boreholes.
- Access for builders in rural Gambia can be more difficult than towns and coastal properties, which can affect the price of building projects
- If you are looking to work from home, you need to be sure communications and internet access are available where you are planning to live
- Clients may be unable to visit if you are too far inland, as often a four wheel drive vehicle is needed for access to these type of properties.