This report from the Oxford Business Group
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
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.