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14 April, 2024

The Kenya Mortgage Refinance Company (KMRC) is a non-deposit taking, public-private partnership (PPP) firm formed by the Government of Kenya and regulated by the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK). The primary mandate of KMRC is to ensure sustainable home financing in the country, by providing long-term funds to primary mortgage lenders (PMLs) such as; banks, microfinance institutions, and SACCOs at low and fixed interest rates. KMRC was incorporated in April 2018 under the Companies Act 2015, and authorized by the CBK to begin lending operations in September 2020. In 2023, KMRC had managed to disburse Kshs 8.4 bn

As a wholesale financial institution, KMRC does not take deposits nor lend directly to individuals. This strategic approach allows KMRC to concentrate on enhancing liquidity for primary mortgage lenders (PMLs) and fostering standardized lending practices in collaboration with governmental bodies and other stakeholders. The primary aim is to empower mortgage lending institutions to sustain their lending activities to homebuyers without concern over potential shortages in long-term funding. This is achieved by ensuring they have the capacity to manage any unforeseen short-term deposit fluctuations. Beyond providing extended funding, KMRC also plays a pivotal role in advancing Kenya's economic growth by expanding the capital markets through the issuance of corporate bonds tailored for long-term financing purposes. Below are some of the KMRC write ups we have released over the years:

This week, we shall discuss the progress made by KMRC in the housing sector by noting the key developments, and the challenges faced. We shall offer suggestions to enhance mortgage funding by drawing insights from similar entities in different countries. In this article we shall write on:

  1. Overview of the Housing Sector in Kenya,
  2. Home Financing in Kenya,
  3. Kenya Mortgage Refinance Company (KMRC) Review,
  4. Case Studies and Lessons Learnt, and,
  5. Conclusion.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this publication are those of the writers where particulars are not warranted. This publication, which is in compliance with Section 2 of the Capital Markets Authority Act Cap 485A, is meant for general information only and is not a warranty, representation, advice or solicitation of any nature. Readers are advised in all circumstances to seek the advice of a registered investment advisor