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| 13 February, 2018

Secondary, off-plan property sales in Dubai continue at a good clip

There was only a slight decrease in off-plan sales volume for villas/townhouses in January

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The Burj Khalifa (C) is seen, framed by towers and buildings under construction on Sheikh Zayed road in Dubai, November 19, 2012.

Image used for illustrative purpose. The Burj Khalifa (C) is seen, framed by towers and buildings under construction on Sheikh Zayed road in Dubai, November 19, 2012.

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UAE - Contrary to the notion that sales in Dubai have slowed down in January at a noteable rate, a breakdown and analysis of total number of transactions in the secondary and off-plan market shows otherwise.

Ready villas/townhouses
According to Property Monitor data, the number of transactions in the secondary market has remained consistent between October 2017 to January 2018. For villas/townhouses in the secondary market, the total number of transactions between October to December ranged from 167 to 182 transactions per month, whereas in January, 164 transactions were recorded.

For villas/townhouses in the secondary market, the top three areas generating sales volume in October 2017 were Emirates Living with 37 transactions, Arabian Ranches with 27 and Reem (Mira) with 17. Emirates Living witnessed an increase to 50 secondary market transfers while Arabian Ranches remained relatively constant with 25 transactions in January. Between November 2017 and January 2018, Emirates Living and Arabian Ranches remained the top two generating sales volume areas in the secondary market.

In January 2018, the average sales price according to the Property Monitor Index for a villa/townhouse in Emirates Living was Dh2,387,083 for a three-bedroom, Dh3,164,500 for a four-bedroom and Dh6,785,714 for a five-bedroom. While in Arabian Ranches, the average sales price for a villa/townhouse was Dh3,212,986 for a three-bedroom, Dh3,475,000 for a four-bedroom and Dh4,293,648 for a five-bedroom.

Between November 2017 and January 2018, Town Square overtook Reem (Mira) as the top area in sales volume due to its attractive middle-range price point. In January 2018, the average sales price for a villa/townhouse in Town Square was Dh1,612,083 for a three-bedroom and Dh1,913,750 for a four-bedroom.

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Secondary market - apartments
Apartments in the secondary market were transacting at a much higher rate with the total number of transactions between October to December ranged from 782 to 851 transactions per month, whereas in January, 706 transactions were recorded.

For apartments, the top three areas generating sales volume in January 2018 were Dubai Marina with 134 transactions, Dubai Sports City with 103 and International City with 92. From October to January, Dubai Marina and International City remained among the top three areas with relatively consistent numbers of transactions.

In January 2018, the average sales price according to the Property Monitor Index for an apartment in Dubai Marina was Dh1,309,216 for a studio, Dh1,243,892 for a one-bedroom and Dh1,931,498 for a two-bedroom.

In Dubai Sports City, the average sales price for an apartment was Dh614,464 for a studio, Dh801,172 for a one-bedroom and Dh1,252,020 for a two-bedroom.

Interestingly, Dubai Sports City almost doubled its sales volume from 54 transfers in October to 103 transfers in January due to an influx of new supply. One of the handovers towards the end of 2017 was Elite Sports Residence 10, which generated 50 secondary transferred sales in January 2018.

Off-plan market
In the off-plan market, there was a slight decrease in the total sales volume for villas/townhouses between October 2017 and January 2018. However, the sales volume for apartments are in line with and consistent with that of 2017. Between October and January, the sales volume for apartments in the off-plan market have ranged from 1,650 to 1,850, except for December which had 2,169 transactions.

The top three areas generating off-plan sales volume for apartments in January 2018 were Meydan One with 227 off-plan transactions, Business Bay with 186 and Jumeirah Village Circle with 168. All 227 off-plan transactions for Meydan One are in Azizi Riviera, with the first phase scheduled for completion in Q1 of 2019.

In January 2018, the average sales price according to the Property Monitor Index for an apartment in Azizi Riviera is Dh519,267 for a studio, Dh855,329 for a one-bedroom and Dh1,396,306 for a two-bedroom.

Similar to Azizi Riviera, the average sales price for an apartment in Jumeirah Village Circle is Dh622,354 for a studio, Dh823,098 for a one-bedroom and Dh1,459,577 for a two-bedroom.

Priced slightly higher, the average sales price for an apartment in Business Bay is Dh1,176,036 for a studio, Dh1,339,818 for a one-bedroom and Dh1,595,294 for a two-bedroom.

The writer is partner and head of Property Monitor at Cavendish Maxwell. Views expressed are her own and do not reflect the newspaper's policy.

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