"Pay 46 per cent until handover and take your keys. A studio rents for Dh42,000 in Arjan. So, an investor can pay the remaining amount through rental proceeds and get a RoI of approximately 16.8 per cent," said Atif Rahman, director and partner, Danube Properties.
The property will charge owners a service fee of Dh12 to Dh14 per sqft.
Danube Properties acquired the Arjan plot for about Dh110 a square foot compared with Dh130 to Dh150 that it spent for an earlier project, said Rizwan Sajan, chairman and founder of Danube Group. "There has been a 10 to 15 per cent reduction in land prices. This translates into cost benefits for us on the project cost side."
However, the developer will only buy another plot once it has achieved sales in excess of 70 to 80 per cent on its new project. "We have a conservative approach to development. We don't want to be overly aggressive," added Sajan.
Danube's high-rise in Business Bay, Bayz, is 95 per cent sold out, said executives. With Jewelz, Danube Properties' development portfolio will be worth Dh3.3 billion.
The developer has sold around 1,000 units in its earlier projects launched in Arjan - more properties than in any other community. "Arjan is a fully developed community where 90 per cent infrastructure is already ready. Some developers deliver affordable housing in areas which will take 5 to 10 years to develop. Jewelz will be delivered by September 2020," Sajan informed.
The developer aims to deliver 4 projects this year worth Dh1.5 billion and spanning 1,400 units. It will also open 3 offices in Oman, Kochi and New Delhi this year.
Talking of project progress, Rahman said utilities have been connected for the Dreamz townhouses in Al Furjan and handover will commence soon. Danube is the process of securing completion certificates for Glitz 3 in Studio City.
The developer currently has 6 million sqft under construction in Dubai.
"There is big demand for affordable housing. How many developers that launched are actually delivering units? Not more than 15,000 units are being delivered every year. Rentals are still robust in the affordable housing segment," observed Sajan.
He also suggested investors and end-users to buy Dubai property now before prices rise after Expo 2020. "Dubai property is not here just for Expo 2020. Property prices in Shanghai skyrocketed after the city hosted the Expo because of global awareness. Dubai will see the same phenomenon. Prices will go so high that today is the right time to buy Dubai real estate," he concluded.
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