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Types of houses


An apartment is a group of housing units in one building all owned by one entity.  In other words, all the units are owned by one entity. The units are then rented out to tenants.  This is the key difference between a condo and an apartment. With a condo, individual entities (i.e. person or corporation) own the units, whereas with apartments, all the units in the building are owned by one entity.


A condominium is a style of an apartment which is individually owned. Normally by the person living there, although you can rent from the condo owner.Each condo owner is allowed to buy and sell their own condo and own a small percentage rights to the land and common areas, like the gym or tennis court.This is different from an apartment where the entire building is owned by one person or company.


A townhouse is like a row home sharing one or two walls. They are tall and narrow buildings. They don’t have a lot of land around them and often only have very small gardens at the back. They are usually 2 or 3 stories tall.  Some rise even higher. They are different than a condo in that owners of a townhouse own both interior and exterior of the unit and are therefore financially responsible for maintenance of exteriors. A townhouse is more like a single family home except for being attached to another unit either on one or both sides.


A villa is a type of house that was originally an ancient Roman upper-class country house.

villas are known as more private, elegant destinations for people who want to go on vacation, but prefer to not stay in a hotel, where the atmosphere can be impersonal.

Villas are typically  standard, single family home, are also known for being luxurious, larger homes with their own gardens, vineyards or courtyards.

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Things To Consider when renting or buying your new Shops/office


  • Budget


Cost is likely your big concern. Don’t choose an office that is going to put your business too far into debt and stunt its growth. Crunch the numbers before you even start looking to find a budget that will allow you to find an office you like but is also affordable.


  • Space


You will need an enough space for the members of your team and the retails your going to sell(if its for a shop). But you don’t want something so large that you’re paying for entire rooms that you never use. However, a bit of extra space can be a good thing, especially if you plan to grow within the length of your lease. Even a few extra cubicle spaces or some room to add a few retails can be helpful.


  • Is the location convenient for your employees or future employees?


If it is absolutely essential for you to have a dedicated shop space, then the location is likely your most important consideration when renting your shop space. You first need to ensure that the office will be close enough for your retailers to commute. Or choose an office that is close enough to an area that’s populated with potential talent.


  • Is the location convenient for your clients?


You also have to keep clients in mind when choosing a location. Is the shop building you’re considering easily accessible from freeways or public transportation? Will they be able to find it easily?


  • Security


The building itself should offer some amenities as well. To keep you and your equipment safe and secure, find out if the building has a security guard, manned entry way and after-hours security.


  • Is there parking available?


Parking is another important factor that might be overlooked when renting office spaces. You need to make sure there are enough parking spaces nearby so that your clients can actually get to you without too much hustle. A secure parking lot or dedicated area is a plus. 


  • Lighting  & ventilation 


Lighting may seem a small factor on the visualization of your shop, but its not. The visualization of the retail shop is also a part of your business’s profitability ,for example if your opening a new shop space and imagine there is no sun light and all the room is darky and you have to turn the lights on even in the morning, it will not be engaging and interesting right? And even it is going to cost you extra for the electricity. Especially for working spaces good ventilation is necessary. Our brains function a lot better when exposed t proper ventilation.

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Tips For Buying Homes in Addis Ababa

Tip #1 – Research Neighborhoods for Best Fit

After you’ve found some homes for sale in your price range, be careful not to make a decision based on the property alone. According to a  survey, home buyers are more willing to compromise on a home’s condition (20%) and size (17%) than on the quality of its neighborhood (6%) and distance from a school (2%). So make sure you factor neighborhood quality and location into your decision.

Here are some tips for you : –


  • Visit the neighborhood


Visit the neighborhood at different times and days to check for traffic conditions and noise levels and to see if people are comfortable being outdoors. Choose a neighborhood that you and your family feel good about.  


  • Search For School Nearby


Begin by looking for the best schools in the area, and look for neighborhoods that are zoned to those particular schools. You could also meet with the principal of each school and find out what the school morals and focus might be. Decide what you want for your children, and start there.

  • Take a Look at the facilities Nearby


If riding a bike, having access to local facilities is important to you, then look for a planned community where these items are accessible. 

Take a drive to a few of them, and see how you feel once you’re there. Most planned communities have a central place where you can learn about the development, and what the future plans are for it. 

Pop into the local grocery store and get a feel for where you might be shopping in the future.

Actually spending time in the neighborhood gives you a glimpse of what your weekends may look like in the future, should you choose that particular area.

It’s also a good idea to find a neighborhood that includes an emergency clinic and Hospital.


Addis Houses will find you a home that best suits you 

Come and visit us at our office located around Bole Rwanda, Eden Building next to Abyssinia Bank, ground floor

Call us On 0965303030

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Business Sectors For Wise investment in Ethiopia

Ethiopia is ranked 159th out of 190 countries on doing business index in 2019. Small and Medium businesses are springing up everywhere in Addis Ababa, the capital and financial city of Ethiopia and in other regions as well. Addis Houses can guide you through the business gateway to Ethiopia that has more or less all the required information on regulations and procedures one needs while starting a business in Ethiopia.

Ethiopian economy is getting stronger, paving the way for increased business opportunities. Here is a list of business ideas that one could consider to make the most of the present economic scenario:

  1. Real Estate & construction

The construction and real estate industry is growing with leaps and bounds in Ethiopia. Take a tour around Addis Ababa, you will see the landscapes and outskirts being occupied by luxury villas and apartments. The demand for properties is also increasing simultaneously, leaving a gap to be fulfilled by business aspirants.

  1. Agriculture & Food Processing

Agriculture is a vital industry in Ethiopia, providing more than 85% of employment to the people of the country. Various kinds of cereals are grown in the country, along with fiber crops, tea & coffee plantations, flowers, and so on. Forestry and fishery are also important resources of Ethiopia. Commercial processing of agricultural produces offers a great opportunity for a local business in Ethiopia.

  1. Manufacturing Industry

Today’s Ethiopia offers great opportunities in the manufacturing industry, primarily in the textile and garment sector. Other promising sectors include leather, metallurgy, food & beverage, electronic products, and the likes.

  1. Milling Plants (Maize & Wheat)

Owing to the increase in population, there is an increasing demand for wheat and maize flour in the country. This provides the scope for a local business opportunity for the people of Ethiopia. This business can be done in two ways; one, where the customers bring the grains for milling, and two, the owner of the mill makes flour in large quantities and sells as packaged products to wholesalers and retailers. 

Do you have more business ideas to add to this list? Send us an email.

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How Do You Find the Perfect Home?

The best thing about home shopping after you researched the neighborhood and see some tips. You know you are prequalified to buy a home. You know you have the funds available to purchase. And you know you have hired the right real estate agent to help you successfully navigate the journey of homeownership. 

But then how do you know the house is perfect for you?

First and foremost thing you need to do is to figure out what really your ‘perfect home’ looks like.

Then there are things you should consider 

1) The House Fits Your Basic Needs

The dynamics might not hit every bullet point on your list, but it meets the basic requirements. The house has the number of rooms and space you need. Maybe it doesn’t have a car parking garage,then, you realize that buying a house with a garage is not important. Maybe you suddenly realize you could build a garage. Being flexible about which issues are deal-killers is a good quality to develop.

2) The House Embraces You the Moment You Enter

Within three seconds of entering the house, you will know whether it feels warm and comforting. Does it seem to speak to you? Does the house invite you to explore? Does it feel, well… Right? Like home? Then it probably is.

3) You Want to Stop Looking at Other Homes

All of the other homes you’ve been looking at no longer appeal to you. The homes on that list you’ve been carrying around seem insignificant. Moreover, the homes you had previously rated bad have now fallen to a good rating. The homes you have seen pale in comparison. You would feel like a traitor to this home if you went to visit other homes.

4) You Begin to Envision the Furniture Arrangement

If you walk into the master bedroom and can immediately envision your bed against a particular wall, this might be your house. If you find yourself thinking that the living room window is a perfect spot to put a tree come Christmas, you’re already hooked.

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Investing in Ethiopia

Foreign and Domestic Investment has been steadily growing in Ethiopia. The Federal and Regional Governments encourage investment; they provide land, incentives such as tax holidays, an improved bureaucracy at the Federal and Regional Investment offices, etc. The Government itself has been investing heavily to improve the country’s infrastructures and as a result, the road network has improved greatly in the last few years and this helps investment. 

 The EIC(Ethiopian Investment Commission) is the primary Government organ that serves as a nucleus for investment matters and is given the power and duty to promote, coordinate and enhance investment activities. The Ministry of Public Enterprises issues Government tenders in areas such as infrastructure development and public sectors, while the Ministry of Trade and Industry registers and licenses investors in brownfield investment. The National Bank of Ethiopia controls and facilitates foreign exchanges.

Even though procedures vary slightly depending on the business form under which investors plan to operate their business. All investments require an investment permit

The Ethiopian investment commission is obliged to receive an application for an investment permit and issue the permit upon examination of the intended investment activity in light of the proclamation, regulation and directives, and receipt of the appropriate fee. The commission is required to duly notify the applicant where the application is found unacceptable.

The following investors are required to obtain investment permits: 

  • Foreign investors;
  • Foreign nationals, excluding Ethiopians by birth,
  • Domestic investors investing in areas eligible for incentives;
  • Domestic and foreign investors making investments in partnerships.

After obtaining an investment permit, the investor is required to have a business license upon registration in the commercial register. A commercial registration and business license would confer several rights and duties on the investor including the right to commence business operation. (See the article on commercial registration and business licensing). Although the Ministry of Trade and Industry is the major government organ to regulate and administer commercial registration and business license, the Ethiopian Investment Commission administers the commercial registration and business license for investors.

Addis Houses is a real estate company in Addis Ababa, working on real estate sales of residential and commercial properties, property development, property management, and investment guidance.

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What You Should Know Before Traveling To Ethiopia

Believed to be the cradle of human civilization, Ethiopia is one of Africa’s most beguiling destinations. The only country on the continent never to be colonized, it wears its ancient past with pride and has largely shrugged off a turbulent recent history. The modern capital, Addis Ababa, is home to world-class museums and hectic streets that redefine the word bustling. Aksum, the ancient capital, is UNESCO protected and has a wealth of churches and tombs. The castles of Gondar are among East Africa’s best-preserved archaeological sites.

Ethiopia was named as the world’s best destination for tourists in 2015 by the European Council on Tourism and Trade.

Ethiopia is not only a destination for tourism and recreation but also a wonderful opportunity for investment as the country has the most developing economy in the world.

Whether you are coming for leisure or investment, we figured you would want to know the basics of Ethiopia for your visit.

Currency In Ethiopia

The Ethiopian official currency is the Birr. The Ethiopian Birr is not freely convertible. All local business transactions are conducted using Birr. The local commercial banks usually exchange U.S. dollar for Birr at the daily exchange rate set by the government of Ethiopia in which 1 USD approximately equals 28 Birr as of September 2019.

Time Zone and Working Hours

Ethiopia is in the GMT +3 hours’ time zone. Ethiopia follows the Julian calendar, which consists of twelve months of 30 days each and the 13th month of five or six days. The Ethiopian day starts at 6 a.m. (dawn) instead of 12 a.m. Ethiopians often quote meeting times that are six hours different than an international clock. Be sure to confirm time and date schedules to avoid confusion. Business hours are usually from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Most businesses close for lunch for an hour anytime between 12:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m


There are more than 80 major language groups in Ethiopia. Amharic is the national language and is spoken throughout the country. Oromiffa and Tigrinya are other widely-used Ethiopian languages. English is the second official language and is understood in most towns among the more educated segments of the population.

The Capital

The Capital Addis Ababa is in the midst of a building boom that includes a massive expansion of Bole International Airport and a number of new hotels. Addis Ababa maintains pleasant daytime temperatures year-round, which can range anywhere from 65 to 85 degrees. Temperatures drop at night, sometimes to almost freezing. During the Big Rains especially in July and August the almost constant cloud cover lowers temperatures somewhat.


Many international major airlines use Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport. Ethiopian Airlines, which is a member of the Star Alliance, operates domestically with service to major cities within the country. Private charter plane services are also available for domestic travel. 

As a local transport, A few hotels operate reliable airport shuttles. In addition, individual taxis are widely available. Official airport taxis are yellow, while basic taxis are painted blue or yellow with a code at the side


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Houses For Rent In Addis Ababa

Luxury Apartment For rent In Addis Ababa

This 6 bedroom luxury apartment for rent is located in the best living area of Addis Ababa, Bole. It is very spacious resting on 300m2.

3 Bedroom home for rent in Bole, Addis Ababa

This cozy home resting on 115m2 area is a beautiful home located around Bole. The home is equipped with a parking space.

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Basics Of Real Estate

Real estate is real property that consists of land and improvements, which include buildings, fixtures, roads, structures, and utility systems. Property rights give a title of ownership to the land, improvements, and natural resources such as minerals, plants, animals, water, etc.

For anyone looking to understand how the industry works and what each of the major categories represents, the explanations below will be a helpful guide.

Types of Real Estate
There are several types of real estate, each with a unique purpose and utility. The main categories are:


Overview of Real Estate Industry


Real estate development is a process that involves the purchase of raw land, rezoning, construction and renovation of buildings, and sale or lease of the finished product to end users. Developers earn a profit by adding value to the land (creating buildings or improvements, rezoning, etc.) and taking the risk of financing a project. Development firms create a new product, which can be thought of as the “primary market” or generation of new inventory.

Sales and marketing

Sales and marketing firms work with developers to sell the buildings and units they create. These firms earn a commission for creating all marketing material and using their sales agents to sell the inventory of completed units. These firms typically focus on new units.


A real estate brokerage is a firm that employs a team of real state agents (realtors) who help facilitate a transaction between the buyers and sellers of property. Their job is to represent either party and help them achieve the purchase or sale with the best possible terms.

Property management

Property management firms help real estate owners rent out the units in their buildings. Their jobs include collecting rent, showing units, fixing deficiencies, performing repairs, and managing tenants. They charge a fee, typically a percentage of the rent, to property owners.

Addis Houses is a real estate company in Addis Ababa, working on real estate sales of residential and commercial properties, property development, property management, and investment guidance.

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6 Bedroom Elegant Villa

A villa is a large, detached structure with spacious land surrounding it. It is very luxurious and may include various amenities.

A villa is generally home to a single-family, in contrast to condos and townhomes that are designed to house multiple families. Villas are found in less populated areas while condos and townhomes are in more densely populated areas

What sets a villa apart is its rich amenities and seclusion.

Just like many incredible villa homes this elegant 6 bedroom home is located on a secluded gated compound around Bole Bulbula, which is very near to the heart of the city yet suitable and quite for family living.

These Villas cover 350 sq. m plot area with a total built-up area of 402 sq. m landing with ground floor of 201 sq.m and First floor of 201 sq.m 75% complete G+ 1 refined home.

The Elegant Villa Homes feature:

  • Two cars parking garage and two in the compound
  • Living and dining room with an area of 50 sq. m
  • Dry and wet kitchen of 22 sq. m and 9.35 sq. m respectively
  • A master bedroom with an area of 34.2 sq. m including dressing and bathroom
  • 5 bedrooms with an area of 22.5, two 16.7 and a 15.8 sq. m and sharing a common bath
  • Family room of 26.5 sq. m
  • Maids room with its own shower
  • 3.8 sq. m area of a storehouse
  • A laundry and storerooms

Addis Houses is a real estate company in Addis Ababa, working on real estate sales of residential and commercial properties, property development, property management, and investment guidance.