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Live in Dubai’s Apartment Or Villa?

Villas and apartments are both very popular options for residential properties in Dubai. Whether you are buying or renting, both options are available in different sizes, price ranges, styles, and locations. As such, residents may at times find it hard to decide which type of properties will suit them better. If you can’t decide between living in a villa or apartment in Dubai, this post is just for you. We have uncovered some of the main factors to consider so that you can easily and confidently make an informed decision. Price and Size For most people, price and size are among the most important factors while buying or renting a property. Generally speaking, apartments tend to have a lower entry price than villas in Dubai because villas usually offer a bigger internal space in addition to an external terrace or garden area. Of course, size directly impacts the price you end up paying. In other words, a 3-bedroom apartment is more expensive than a 2-bedroom apartment or studio in the same building. However, you may find a reasonably priced 3- bedroom villa 30 minutes away from the downtown that can actually cost you less than a two-bedroom apartment located in the center. So, it all depends on the location which we will talk about next. Location The other main factor to consider while deciding between a villa and apartment in Dubai is location. Some locations in Dubai offer a wide selection of sales and rental properties, but in many areas your choices are rather limited. For example, Downtown Dubai — one of the top neighborhoods located in the city and popular among buyers and renters for its central location — mainly offers apartments. A prospective resident is likely to find it difficult to get a villa in these parts. In contrast, suburban communities — like Dubailand — almost exclusively have beautiful townhouses and cozy villas. Maintenance costs It is important to understand the various maintenance costs involved in an apartment vs. a villa in Dubai. Generally speaking, villas are costlier to maintain than apartments for an obvious reason: A larger space and the lack of shared services (unlike an apartment located in a building). Lifestyle Which is a greater priority for you — convenience or privacy? If you said convenience, an apartment in Dubai is likely to suit you better. Because apartment towers in Dubai tend to be more centrally-located than villas, they are much closer to commercial hubs and leisure activities. But if you value privacy more than convenience, a villa is likely to work out better for you. In Dubai, villas are almost exclusively located in gated communities or residential areas a little away from the urban hubbub. Because these villas provide a quiet environment, they are perfect for families, especially ones with children. On the other hand, single professionals who want to live near the city center or couples looking for a property that’s a few minutes walk from malls or entertainment options might prefer the convenience of living in an apartment. Likewise, those who like having a private outdoor space or hate using the lift might prefer the privacy of a townhouse or villa. By contrast, social butterflies may like living in an apartment complex, where they can have more opportunities to chit-chat with the neighbors. Several trendy villa communities in Dubai — like Emirates Hills — also house nurseries and schools. Therefore, they are a great choice for families with kids. Budget-conscious buyers or renters, however, can consider living in apartments in popular integrated communities, like Jumeirah Village Circle or Mohammad Bin Rashid City, since they offer beautiful apartments and also feature schools and nurseries. Views For some buyers or renters this is not an important factor, but for some others the surrounding views is a big thing. Some high-luxury apartments offer unparalleled views, though they usually come with a steeper price tag. If you like to enjoy sweeping views of the Arabian Sea, you may consider a high-floor flat on Jumeirah or the Palm. On the other hand, those who prefer impressive Burj Khalifa or city skyline views are more likely to find apartments in Downtown Dubai to their liking. Many Dubai villas, in contrast, offer charming greeneries and lake views or golf course views. So, the choice between the two—villa and apartment—may also depend on your personal preference when it comes to the type of surrounding views. Amenities Last but not the least, you may also want to consider the facilities and amenities you will have access to. For instance, if you rely on Dubai Metro to commute to your office, an apartment might be a good choice. That’s because most villa communities are little farther away from Dubai Metro. On the other hand, apartment towers usually offer a shared pool and gym while villa communities offer more extensive facilities, like jogging tracks, tennis courts, community parks…etc.

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The latest trends in Dubai’s rebounding real estate market

With UAE’s economy recovering well from coronavirus, it comes as no surprise that Dubai’s real estate market experienced steady growth since the first half of 2021. The big question, however, is — will Dubai’s property market continue to rebound in the rest of 2021 and beyond? If the latest trends are any indication to go by, the answer is likely to be ‘yes.’ So, what are the factors that have helped Dubai’s real estate market to rebound so well? According to the experts there are several contributing factors, the two most important ones being a successful Covid-19 vaccination plan and visa reforms. Experts are also almost unanimous in their opinions that the positive measures taken by the government to support the economy has also spurred demand in Dubai’s real estate market. In this post, we will look at some of the latest trends in Dubai’s rebounding property market. The Villa Segment is Expected to Perform Better than Apartments At present, the villa segment of the Dubai’s property market is performing much better compared to apartments, and this trend is likely to continue in the future as well. The positive momentum started building in the 3rd quarter of 2020 and has continued throughout 2020 and the first half of 2021. This has been possible because of the general positive market sentiment following improvements in the Covid-19 situation and concrete steps taken by the government to improve growth in the housing market and manage oversupply. The latest real estate data also confirm that Dubai’s real estate is rebounding exceedingly well. While Dubai recorded 35,041 sales worth Dh71.87 billion in 2020, the first half of 2021 has seen 27,373 transactions totaling Dh61.71 billion. According to the experts, this is the most impressive real estate performance in terms of sales transactions in the past 8 years. Prices have increased 1.3% in March 2021 The real estate market is experiencing an uptrend across the board. Real estate prices have jumped by 1.3% in March 2021 compared to March 2020. On year-to-year basis, this is the first increase recorded since 2015. Dubai’s real estate market bottomed out towards the end of 2020 (somewhere around November). Since then the real estate prices have jumped 7%. Premium properties are recording even better gains It’s no secret that the UAE has handled the Covid-19 crisis much better than many other countries. This is perhaps the biggest reason that why right now a large number of luxury buyers regard Dubai as the best place to put in their investments.  Many international and regional buyers have relocated to Dubai, spurring growth in the luxury property segment. In addition to a strong response to the pandemic, attractive prices are another key reason that has helped Dubai attract luxury buyers in hordes. According to many real estate experts, the present is nothing short of a historic time for the luxury real estate segment. Data, also points toward the same thing. Properties worth Dh10 million and more have recorded an all-time high market share of 2.5%.   Some other factors that have contributed to this uptrend are as follows: Low interest rates. Thanks to this, many tenants are turning into buyers Positive sentiment. The prevailing sentiment among investors is that since the real estate market has already reached its rock bottom in 2020, it is now safe to invest in it. Low prices. In many areas prices are even below replacement cost. This, as you may guess, makes for a great entry point for both first-time investors and seasoned investors. Occupancy rate is still on the lower side in B-grade apartments Even though Dubai real estate market is rebounding impressively, there are some lingering issues. For starters, occupancy rate in B-grade apartments which don’t offer many modern amenities is on the lower side. With that said, most experts agree this is nothing to worry about as it is a sign that people in this new “work-from-home” environment prefer better housing options such as A-grade apartments, townhouses, or villas that usually offers bigger space and more amenities. Perhaps this is the reason why the demand for beachfront properties has also jumped up.  However, off-plan market activity is expected to continue facing headwinds. According to experts, it has contracted by 29% on year-on-year basis in the first half of 2021. Nevertheless, they are also hopeful that improved demand and sentiment will soon improve things in this segment as well.

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