With so many developments and projects releasing every few months and a lot of projects being handed over, it might be a bit difficult to be perceptive about choosing which property in Dubai to invest in. Investing in the right property involves two things: 1. Short-term gains in the form of rental returns (above 5% per annum is considered a good return) & 2. Long-term returns in the form of Capital Gains (where the property price increases as per market conditions).
Here is a step-by-step approach to investing in a Dubai property wisely:
1. Assess your finances
While most of us look at a home as our first real investment, we must also assess our financial health. Buying a home requires a substantial amount of investment, so it may be wise to save up a little more and rent meanwhile. You know you can afford a property when you have between 30% -50% of the total investment amount in cash, depending on whether the property is ready or off-plan. The rest can be mortgaged, but make sure you are pre-approved before going on the lookout. There are also several investments available with attractive payment plans (some even up to 5 years post-handover), but each of these options should individually be calculated to consider if that's a good plan for you. Rent to own could also be an additional option, but rarely found in the current market.
2. Understand the nature of investment
Are you looking for a home for end-use or investment? In the case that you want a home for end-use, you will have to look at long-term capital gains. A contrary approach is used for investment, the approach of "not putting all your eggs in one basket" applies as well as being on the lookout for smaller ticket properties in prime areas that offer the most rental income.
3. 2019 outlook
Make sure you're up to date on the latest developments on the Dubai real estate market. Here's our 2018 report and our 2019 rental yield report. Luxhabitat releases these reports every quarter, so please check back in. It's important to assess the area you are buying in, whether it's a mature community or a new one. Remember, real estate is a marathon.
4. Why you should consider getting a real estate advisor
While this info can seem quite overwhelming, even for a seasoned investor, sometimes it's best if you consider getting a professional real estate agent. The right agent will assess your budget, add light to the goals you would like in terms of price gains as well as give you realistic expectations on the same. They will also have a deeper understanding of market sentiments as well as access to analytics that will help you reach the right decision.