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The Expat Property Guide to Buying Real Estate in the UAE

Many people choose to leave their home country and move to the UAE in search of ample opportunities to live, work and play. Expatriates make up 88% of the population in the UAE with many living in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, creating a blended and diverse community across the emirates. For expats, purchasing property is a fantastic alternative to renting, […]

Buying Real Estate: Consider these FAQs

Whether you are an overseas resident investing in property in the UAE or an expatriate buying real estate for the first time, investing in a residential home can be a daunting task. It is important to understand the local laws and regulations concerning the property and wider real estate industry so that you know what to expect from the transaction, […]

Is now a good time to buy property in Dubai?

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken its toll on all of us, with many people turning uncertain about making their next move. Despite this uncertainty, there has never been a better time to start investing in Dubai. With property prices declining in recent years across the UAE, there are plenty of opportunities to buy property in Dubai at a cheap price. […]

Is UAE property easy to invest in?

See Cavendish Maxwell’s 2021 guide to property investment. Investing in property in the UAE is a rewarding deal for both new and experienced investors. The Middle East property market is thriving, with real state investment in the UAE continually producing lucrative results. The key to having easy success in the UAE is understanding how to invest in real estate strategically. […]

How useful are International Valuation Standards (IVS) for Gulf real estate markets?

The International Valuation Standards (IVS) are now the basis for valuation standards in well over a hundred countries worldwide, including every major real estate market. The Gulf has been no exception in moving decisively towards the adoption of international valuation standards. But why is IVS important and how does it benefit real estate markets? Find out more in our latest […]

How do real estate markets recover from crises?

We should no longer ask how real estate markets recover from political or macroeconomic crises. Rather, we should ask how the dynamics of real estate markets themselves operate to create, manage and transfer wealth, frequently at a national or even regional level. Read more from our chief economist in his latest article.

Rent-to-own: Best practices and the way forward

Worldwide there is evidence that if properly managed, rent-to-own can be a successful way to improve market liquidity, encourage home ownership and contribute to affordable housing in particular, which is the main real estate challenge facing governments in the Gulf. Read more in our latest opinion article.

The Residential Investor Jigsaw Part Three: Total Returns

The two previous white papers in this series tackled yields and capital values for villas and apartments in the districts of Dubai. The task now, made straightforward by the homogeneity of the Property Monitor database, is to put the two sets of data together to calculate total returns.

Q4 2020 UAE Property Market Report

Our latest publication assesses the performance of the property market in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the northern emirates in 2020 with a focus on the last quarter, across residential, commercial, retail, hospitality and industrial sectors.
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