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  We are witnessing a technology-driven transformation of the business of real estate. The application of several contemporary tech concepts and tools to various aspects of the industry is driving ongoing changes to the way we seek out, inspect, buy, market, and sell property. These changes have made such processes quicker, easier to undertake, and more efficient. In 2024, we are likely to see an acceleration of the evolution of PropTech in Nigeria.
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More startups will almost certainly come on stream within the space, offering solutions to some of the most pressing challenges in real estate. Here, we’ll talk about 5 trends we’re going to see in Nigerian PropTech this year.

The Incorporation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Property Management

Artificial Intelligence is set to revolutionize property management by automating routine tasks and enhancing tenant experiences. AI-powered chatbots and virtual assistants will streamline communication, handle inquiries, and provide real-time information to platform visitors and prospective tenants. We’ll see Machine Learning Algorithms play a crucial role in predicting property maintenance needs, optimizing energy consumption, and identifying potential risks; all of these will lead to improvements in overall efficiency in property management.

Increased Use of Blockchain for Real Estate Transactions

There’s already been some activity at the intersection of blockchain and real estate. Blockchain technology is increasingly being deployed in PropTech, due to its ability to enhance transparency, security, and efficiency. In 2024, we can expect an even greater adoption of blockchain for property transactions, making the process more secure and less cumbersome. Smart contracts will automate and streamline various stages of real estate transactions, reducing the need for intermediaries and expediting the closing process.
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Introduction of Virtual and Augmented Reality in Property Marketing

Elsewhere in the world, Virtual Reality is being used by real estate companies to provide virtual tours of properties to prospective home buyers or tenants. We anticipate the emergence of this trend in Nigeria in 2024, with buyers or tenants starting to explore properties remotely. This immersive experience saves time and provides a more realistic and engaging view of the property. Real estate developers and agents will leverage these technologies to create interactive and personalized property presentations, enhancing the marketing and sales process.

More Smart Buildings and IoT Integration

The concept of smart buildings, equipped with Internet of Things (IoT) devices, has been around for a while now. However, it has only materialized to a limited extent in Nigeria. This year, we will be watching out for a wider integration of IoT devices to enhance the functionality and sustainability of buildings. These devices will monitor and control various aspects of building operations, such as lighting, temperature, and security. The data collected from these devices will do such things as optimize energy consumption, contribute to predictive maintenance, and ultimately guarantee better resource utilization.

Data Analytics for Market Insights

Across the world, the real estate industry thrives on market data. While the local real estate scene has gotten better at data analysis and utilization, there’s still plenty of room for improvement on this front. Over the next several months, advanced analytics tools will enable real estate professionals to make data-driven decisions, enhance risk management, and gain a competitive edge. We should see an increasing use of predictive analytics to anticipate market movements and guide investment strategies, leading to more informed and profitable decision-making.
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Final Words

As we navigate through 2024, the PropTech industry is set to redefine the real estate landscape by incorporating cutting-edge technologies. Artificial intelligence, blockchain, virtual reality, IoT, and data analytics will play pivotal roles in shaping the future of Nigeria’s property market. Embracing these trends allows stakeholders to enhance operational efficiency, while also creating a more seamless and user-centric experience for buyers, sellers, and tenants.
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This article was first published on 12th January 2024 and updated on January 23rd, 2024 at 11:44 pm


Ikenna Nwachukwu holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He loves to look at the world through multiple lenses- economic, political, religious and philosophical- and to write about what he observes in a witty, yet reflective style.

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