Demand for ready to move in Apartments/Villas/Townhouses

  • Dubai real estate market recorded 3,395 sales transactions in the month of October this year, worth AED 6.93 billion
  • This remained a record-breaking month for secondary/ready villas/townhouses with 665 unit transfers
  • 1013 villas/townhouses and a total of 2,031 apartments were transferred in October

Dubai, UAE, 29 November 2020 – Dubai Land Department (DLD), in cooperation with Property Finder, has launched the seventh edition of Mo’asher, Dubai’s official sales price index. The base year for Mo’asher is 2012 and the base month for the monthly index is January 2012, with the base quarter for the quarterly index being Q1 2012.

DLD recorded a total of 3,395 sales transactions worth AED 6.93 billion with 37.2% in the off-plan segment and 62.8% in the secondary segment. This brings the year-to-date total to 27,815 sales transactions worth AED 57.43 billion.

Overview

October 2020 was a strong month for Dubai residential real estate. In October, Dubai saw 3,395 property sales transactions worth AED 6.93 billion, bringing the overall total for sales transaction to 27,815 with a total value of AED 57.43 billion.

Based on Property Finder’s data, 665 secondary or ready to move in villas/townhouses were transferred in October, which is 7.2% higher than the second highest month, September 2020 with 605 transactions. This figure is 34% higher than the third highest month ever, July 2020 with 496 transactions. The past four months had the highest number of transactions for villas/townhouses consistently, with each month being at an all-time high and the record broken the very next month. This consistent growth started after May 2020, which had 110 transactions and has since grown by over 500%.

Dubai’s overall index has remained stable at 1.092. The Dubai apartment and villa/townhouse index remained steady as well due to more affordable units coming into the ready market.

The most popular areas for secondary (ready) villas/townhouses in October 2020 were Nad Al Sheba (11.8%), Town Square (7.8%), International City (6.7%), Arabian Ranches (6.4%) and Dubai Hills Estate (5.9%). 39% of the transactions were for 4-bedroom units, 34.7% for 3-bedroom units and 14.8% for 5-bedroom units.

Looking at proprietary data from Property Finder, the search trends shows that the top five locations for consumers searching for villas/townhouses were Dubai Hills Estates, Arabian Ranches, Palm Jumeirah, Damac Hills, and Mohammed bin Rashid City. Keywords such as ‘upgraded’, ‘pool’ and ‘furnished’ were the top three keywords in October 2020.

Overall for this month, 1013 villas/townhouses were transferred in both the off plan and secondary market. A total of 2,031 apartments were transferred with 1,128 in the secondary market and 903 in the off plan market.

Another highlight for October was the sale of 11 luxury apartments over three projects on Palm Jumeirah and Downtown worth over AED 15 million each for a total of AED 220.7million. The most expensive apartment was sold for AED 30 million in One at Palm Jumeirah. All these units were north of 5,000 sq ft and the largest touching 15,000 sq ft in The W residences worth AED 22.73 million.

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