Dubai's real estate market has seen impressive growth, with the Dubai Land Department reporting sales transactions over AED 33 Billion in August, marking a 36% increase year-over-year. Off-plan sales constituted 58% of market volume, signifying a growth in new projects. Could this be Dubai racing to meet market demand? Cash transactions still remain king, with the majority of transactions happening in this segment. Despite headlines on ultra luxury sales filling up news feeds weekly, the majority of transactions remain within AED 2M to AED 3M range.
Allsopp & Allsopp saw an average sales price of AED3.2M which is a 52% increase when compared to the same period last year. Amidst the German real estate crisis, German nationals accounted for 6% of sales at Allsopp & Allsopp, though UK nationals still remained top at 22%. Villas/townhouses witnessed a significant price rise of 55% year on year, with Al Barari and Jumeirah Golf Estates emerging as top transaction locations. Dubai Marina was the hotspot for apartment transactions, predominantly by Indian nationals, and the average apartment sales price has increased by 29% year on year.
Rental prices saw a notable 31% increase in transaction volume. UK tenants remained at the top for Allsopp & Allsopp followed by Russians and Indians. The apartment sector witnessed a significant 21% year on year rise in average rent with Downtown Dubai standing out. To ensure affordability, there has been a trend shift in payment methods; fewer tenants are opting for single or two-cheque payments, while three and four-plus cheque payments have gained popularity.
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