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Is there any data available on housing affordability in Africa?

A standard housing affordability measure is that the price of an "affordable" house is in a range of three to five times the average annual household income. The costs of most houses are far outside this range, according to 2013 data by the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa (CAHF). Countries such as the Gambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo have low per‐capita incomes, but have among the highest housing prices, more than double that of South Africa and Botswana with higher per-capita incomes.

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