Housing Market Boom

Housing Market Boom

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  • The Dubai real estate sector continues to exhibit robust performance, with property sales transactions surpassing previous years. In the first half of 2023, there were more than 60,000 transactions, marking a remarkable increase of over 40% compared to the same period last year. In the past week alone, approximately 3,200 transactions were recorded, amounting to a total value of AED 24.7 billion (USD 6.7 billion), according to the Dubai Land Department.
  • Despite the vibrant real estate market, both sales and rental prices have experienced substantial growth this year. Apartment prices have surged by more than 20%, while villa prices have witnessed an astonishing nearly 50% increase since January 2023. Rental rates have also seen hikes of up to 50% in certain areas, leading residents to consider downsizing or exploring property ownership options. However, despite these significant price increases, demand remains strong.

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Currently, average apartment prices are still 9.6% lower than their peak in 2014, while prices for larger homes have increased by 8.7%. According to ValuStart, a real estate evaluation and research company, apartment prices have increased by 10%, on average, from the start of the year until August. The most significant annual price increases were observed on Palm Jumeirah, where prices surged by 20%. Additionally, the return on apartments in Dubai is currently at 7.34%.


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