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NatanelFlorens’ Rent-to-Own Targets 250,000 Housing Units Per Annum

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  • NatanelFlorens’ Rent-to-Own Targets 250,000 Housing Units Per Annum

NatanelFlorens, the pioneer of the rent-to-own model of homeownership, plans to provide 250,000 homes annually when the system gets to its peak.

The Executive Director, Fund and Investment, NatanelFlorens, Mr. Oguche Agudah said to achieve this they plan to work with 50 developers who, on their own, could build about 5,000 to 10,000 housing units per annum. But as things stand, they are looking for developers who can build 500 housing units annually.

He said the company believes it could achieve this in the next three years, saying “The volume will justify for everybody what the value is.”

Agudah said, “NatanelFlorens is a purpose-driven company that was set up with the primary aim of ensuring that every Nigerian has opportunity to own a home.”

The company’s flagship project is Rent-to-Own, a homeownership product that seeks to enable people own homes simply by paying their rent, and without equity contribution.

Rent-to-Own, he said would reduce homeownership deficit and make the property market more efficient, particularly in driving demand. “Our proposition is beyond rent-to-own. What we are trying to do is to reshape the market for efficiency. The market today is distorted and that is why people can’t have homes. If you give Nigerians an opportunity to pay their rent and own their homes, they will embrace it.”

NatalenFlorens, he said had demonstrated this in the last two and half years to see that Nigerians actually embrace rent-to-own, after which they would define the roles of developers, banks, capital market, investors play in the proposition. “It is about effective demand.”

According to him, the first thing they have been able to do “is to show that rent-to-own is the way to go; an alternative system for owning homes, adding that they have been able to create effective demand.
“Another thing we have been able to do is to engage local and international investment banks on alternative instruments for real estate and we have been able to create that effective demand.”

He said currently, they had a long waiting list of people that are hoping to get their homes through rent-to-own. “We have been able to stimulate the market and whet people’s appetite to know that they don’t have to continue on rentals and live without owning a home.”

He said once the system became efficient, government would not need to fund real estate, explaining that “the money that they will use to fund real estate will be diverted to more critical areas.”

He said it was not about figures but to recreate the market to be more efficient, to show to people that there are other ways they could own homes without the typical mortgage, “to show to the banks that there is a way to lend to this market without taking risks, to show government that there is another way to support homeownership without putting money on the table and these are the impacts that you will see resonating in the economy itself.”

He said the impact of the system on the economy is enormous, particularly in reducing corruption, stating that the first thing people who steal buy is a house or other types of real estate. “If I know that I can own a home just by paying my rent every year through my salary, then why should I steal?”

The rent-to-own initiative is slowed by low housing stock but that would soon be addressed, Agudah said. “Demand outweighs supply because we are not producing as quickly as possible.

“We are now moving to the next phase of our business model which is to partner with developers and start rolling out homes. “We are developing the market and what you have seen us do in the last two and a half years is to show the way out of the problem and the next stage is to jerk up the supply and for us to do that 50,000 units annually the funding requirement is about N4 trillion.

“Nigerian banks can conveniently find N4 trillion for real estate but they want to be sure that the market has low risk, so rent-to-own takes care of the demand end of it.”

The system, he said is attracting investors from off-shore, adding that “today we have a developer with us from Turkey that will build a minimum of 5,000 housing units per annum and they are looking for more to develop. We also have a partner from South Africa that is willing to develop some housing units.”

“All we are trying to do is to increase the supply end,” adding that they would sign an agreement with Real Estate Development Association of Nigeria (REDAN) to improve the supply end, and once this was done housing deficit would decrease.”

An interesting aspect of the rent-to-own is that people can sell their option if they want to relocate to another city.

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Nigeria Pumps 236.2 Million Barrels in First Half of 2024

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Nigeria pumped 236.2 million barrels of crude oil in the first half of 2024, according to the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC).

This figure represents an increase from the 219.5 million barrels produced during the same period in 2023.

In January, Nigeria produced 44.2 million barrels of crude oil while February saw a slight dip to 38.3 million barrels, with March following closely at 38.1 million barrels.

April and May production stood at 38.4 million barrels and 38.8 million barrels, respectively. June’s output remained consistent at 38.3 million barrels, demonstrating a stable production trend.

Despite the overall increase compared to 2023, the 2024 production figures still fall short of the 302.42 million barrels produced in the same period in 2020.

This ongoing fluctuation underscores the challenges facing Nigeria’s oil sector, which has experienced varying production levels over recent years.

On a daily basis, Nigeria’s crude oil production showed some variability. In January, the average daily production peaked at 1.43 million barrels per day (mbpd), the highest within the six-month period.

February’s production dropped to 1.32 mbpd, with a further decrease to 1.23 mbpd in March. April saw a modest increase to 1.28 mbpd, which then fell again to 1.25 mbpd in May. June ended on a positive note with a slight rise to 1.28 mbpd.

The fluctuations in daily production rates have prompted government and industry leaders to address underlying issues.

Mele Kyari, Group Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC), has highlighted the detrimental effects of oil theft and vandalism on Nigeria’s production capabilities.

Kyari emphasized that addressing these security challenges is critical to boosting production and attracting investment.

Kyari also noted recent efforts to combat illegal activities, including the removal of over 5,800 illegal connections from pipelines and dismantling more than 6,000 illegal refineries.

He expressed confidence that these measures, combined with ongoing policy reforms, would support Nigeria’s goal of increasing daily production to two million barrels.

The Nigerian government remains focused on stabilizing and enhancing oil production. With recent efforts showing promising results, there is cautious optimism that Nigeria will achieve its production targets.

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Oil Prices Steady Amid Mixed Signals on Crude Demand

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Oil prices remained stable on Thursday as investors navigated conflicting signals regarding crude demand.

Brent crude oil, against which Nigerian oil is priced, settled at $85.11 a barrel, edging up by 3 cents, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude dipped by 3 cents to $82.82 a barrel.

The stability comes as the U.S. economy shows signs of slowing, with unemployment benefit applications rising more than expected.

Initial claims increased by 20,000 to a seasonally adjusted 243,000 for the week ending July 1, prompting speculation that the Federal Reserve might cut interest rates sooner than anticipated. Lower rates could boost spending on oil, creating a bullish outlook for demand.

Fed officials suggested that improved inflation and a balanced labor market might lead to rate cuts, possibly by September.

“Healthy expectations of a Fed rate cut in the not-so-distant future will limit downside,” noted Tamas Varga of oil broker PVM.

However, rising jobless claims signal potential economic easing, which could dampen crude demand.

John Kilduff of Again Capital highlighted the impact of a slowing economy on oil consumption despite a significant drop in U.S. crude inventories last week.

Global factors also weighed on the market. China’s economic policies remain steady, though details are sparse, affecting investor sentiment in the world’s largest crude importer.

Meanwhile, the European Central Bank maintained interest rates, citing persistent inflation.

An upcoming OPEC+ meeting in August is expected to assess market conditions without altering output policy, according to sources. This meeting will serve as a “pulse check” for market health.

Overall, oil prices are caught between economic concerns and hopes of a rate cut, maintaining a delicate balance.

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Oil Prices Slide on China Demand Concerns, Brent Falls to $83.73

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Oil prices declined on Tuesday for the third consecutive day on growing concerns over a slowing Chinese economy and its impact on global oil demand.

Brent crude oil, against which Nigerian oil is priced, dipped by $1.12, or 1.3% at $83.73 a barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude dropped $1.15, or 1.4%, to close at $80.76.

The dip in oil prices is largely attributed to disappointing economic data from China, the world’s second-largest economy.

Official figures revealed a 4.7% growth in China’s GDP for the April-June period, the slowest since the first quarter of 2023, and below the forecasted 5.1% growth expected in a Reuters poll.

This slowdown was compounded by a protracted property downturn and widespread job insecurity, which have dampened fuel demand and led many Chinese refineries to cut back on production.

“Weaker economic data continues to flow from China as continued government support programs have been disappointing,” said Dennis Kissler, Senior Vice President of Trading at BOK Financial. “Many of China’s refineries are cutting back on weaker fuel demand.”

Despite the bearish sentiment from China, there is a growing consensus among market participants that the U.S. Federal Reserve could begin cutting its key interest rates as soon as September.

This speculation has helped stem the decline in oil prices, as lower interest rates reduce the cost of borrowing, potentially boosting economic activity and oil demand.

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell noted on Monday that the three U.S. inflation readings over the second quarter “add somewhat to confidence” that the pace of price increases is returning to the central bank’s target in a sustainable fashion.

This has led market participants to believe that a turn to interest rate cuts may be imminent.

Also, U.S. crude oil inventories provided a silver lining for the oil market. According to market sources citing American Petroleum Institute figures, U.S. crude oil inventories fell by 4.4 million barrels last week.

This was a much steeper drop than the 33,000 barrels decline that was anticipated, indicating strong domestic demand.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) also weighed in, suggesting that while the global economy is set for modest growth over the next two years, risks remain.

The IMF noted cooling activity in the U.S., a bottoming-out in Europe, and stronger consumption and exports for China as key factors in the global economic landscape.

In summary, while oil prices are currently pressured by concerns over China’s economic slowdown, the potential for U.S. interest rate cuts and stronger domestic demand for crude are providing some support.

Market watchers will continue to monitor economic indicators and inventory levels closely as they gauge the future direction of oil prices.

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