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INVESTING IN FREEHOLD
REAL ESTATE IN Dubai

ABOUT FREEHOLD PROPERTIES

From a foreign investment perspective, freehold properties are units that are free from hold of any entity aside from the owner and does not require any consent from the state on the conduct of selling, leasing and for occupancy. The owner has the complete ownership and full privilege of the property. Foreign nationals and Dubai expatriates have the equal rights to purchase properties in specific freehold areas such as Downtown Dubai, Business Bay, Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Village Circle, Palm Jumeirah, Emirates Hills and Jumeirah Lake Towers.

BENEFITS OF PURCHASING A FREEHOLD PROPERTY IN DUBAI

  • Zero tax on property, income, capital gain and VAT (for residential only)
  • Renewable residence visa options for owners and their families
  • High capital appreciation
  • Highest rental yield in the region
  • Property rights in perpetuity
  • Property unit can be inherited or transferred
  • Property can be sold and leased at owner’s discretion
  • Highly regulated and transparent property sales procedure with escrow account for off-plan properties
  • Investor-friendly and stress-free buying and transfer process especially for off-plan properties
  • Installment payments for off-plan properties as low as 5% downpayment
  • Mortgage options for non-residents
  • International companies with off-shore accounts can purchase a property

PROCESS OF BUYING AN OFF-PLAN PROPERTY

1
Reservation Form
2
Token/Deposit
3
Oqood Registration Fee
Dubai Land Department property transfer fee is 4% of the property sale price (in form of Manager’s Cheque, No Cash) + Dh 580 Admin Fee
4
Formal Sales and Purchase Agreement + First Installment
(as per payment plan table)
5
Payment Plan Installments
6
Hand-over and Title Deed
(upon completion of project)

Documents Needed
– Original Passports and Passport Copies with Visa page
– Emirates ID for UAE resident

INVESTING IN OFF-PLAN PROPERTIES THROUGH MORTGAGE

Off-plan finance in Dubai gained popularity from investors when recent changes in the UAE has been implemented that further welcome non-residents to invest in Dubai real estate with readily finance options available from various lenders in the country.

Under the UAE Mortgage Cap Law, foreign investors can borrow up to 50% loan to value ratio on the unit price of an off-plan property, while the rest of the amount will have to be paid by the investor along with the associated fees on the mortgage process.

As a form of illustration, for an investment of a 1 bedroom apartment in Belgravia Square amounting to AED 805,828 with payment plan of 50% upon completion, the below are the expected cost to be paid by the bank and the investor.

Total Value of the Property: AED 805,828
Maximum Loan Value paid by the bank (50%): AED 402,914
Cash Fund paid by investor: AED 402,914
Land Department Registration Fees (4% of the unit price): AED 32,233
Mortgage Registration Fee (0.25% of the loan amount): AED 1,007.29

Note that under the law, 50% finance can only be done once the buyer has paid at least 50% of the property price. In case of investing with Ellington Properties, our payment plan platforms are design to help our customers get their ready homes without dealing with insolvency. The 50% payment are divided into installment milestones that can solely be handled by the investor in the whole duration of the property construction, while the 50% remaining balance will have to pe paid after completion of the property and can be paid through mortgage, which means the mortgage will start once the property is ready and started to earn for rental income.

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