The quarter three market report 2017 has now been released, delivering some interesting market figures for investors, buyers, landlords, and tenants.
Starting with the leasing trends by area where Al Reem Island stays on stealing the show with exceptional increased demand in Q3 of 2017 and reached back the highest level registered in Q2 2016 and exceed all trends since Q4 2015. Al Raha Beach, Al Raha Gardens, Al Reef Downtown, and Hydra Village remained on the same level. Areas such as Al Ghadeer, Al Reef Villas and Khalifa City show a slight decrease in demand in Q3 but still higher than the demand in the previous quarters of 2017.
These variations are explained by the big drop in rental of Al Reem Island, however areas such Al Reef, even though the drop is there, its demand did not follow the flow, it might be due to the property purchase price drop, allowing people to move to wise decision and purchase the property instead of just rent it (figures are explained in the Sales trend section). Abu Dhabi’s population is looking at affordable properties, where facilities and amenities are provided with an island living and City proximity. Tenants are becoming more aware of the real estate lifecycle, they safely calculate and secure the 5% top up on the yearly rentals amount.
The figures issued for the leasing trends by apartment type reflect an overall stable market flow but a shrinking demand for the Studios toward the 1 bedrooms, and from the 2 bedrooms toward the 3 and 4 bedroom apartments as compared with Q2, 2017.
The leasing trend by apartment type has faced this interesting move due to the rental prices continuous drop in the market, so the population can afford and move to bigger properties.
The overall trend for the villas is seeing an interesting and noticeable stability of the market. The demand of the 3, 4 and 5 bedrooms has a noticeable increase compared to Q2 of 2017, especially the 4 and 5 bedrooms kept a stable increase since Q4 2016. Only the 6+ bedroom villas faced a drastic drop toward the 5 bedrooms, due to the allowance package revisions, or toward a purchase of its own villa and swapping the rentals with installments.
Moving to the sales demand by area – even with the drastic drop – Al Reem Island continuously occupies the biggest chunk of the market in terms of sales along with Abu Dhabi Island. By the looks of the latest figures, Al Reem Island has faced an important decrease to exceed the figures shown in Q2 of 2016.
Khalifa City, Al Raha Beach, Al Reef Downtown & Villas, as well as Golf Gardens and Yas Island show an interesting increase in sales, meanwhile Abu Dhabi general, Al Ghadeer, hydra Village and Saadiyat show some decrease in sales.
From these figures, we can understand that most of the buyers’ population is mixed as some of them are looking at luxury and others are looking at affordability. Some of the buyers are end users and some of the others are Investors in off-plan projects recently launched at affordable prices.
The sales real estate market trends by apartment type reveal a considerable demand for Studios and the bigger units of 4+ bedrooms. The trend shows signs of decrease among the 1, 2 and 3 bedroom units in Q3 of 2017 with an exceptional drop for the 2 bedrooms.
Moving on to the sales trends by villa type, the statistics show drastic differences among the properties with 3 bedroom villas continuing to take an obvious increase in figures, along with the 6+ bedrooms.
The smaller villas of 2 bedrooms show a fatal drop in Q2 being compared to the previous quarter towards the 3 bedroom villas.
The 4 bedroom villas remain more or less on the same level.
The overall results show a nice increase in trends in both Sales and Rents as compared to the 2017 previous quarters, to almost reach the same demand in sales back in Q3 2016 and exactly same level as Q4 2016 in terms of leasing.
It’s obvious that the estate market has been facing a slowdown since HY2 2016; however, a smooth increase is being noticed these last three months. A number of affordable properties are being injected in the market targeting both investors and end users, also relatively low prices are being offered for the existing properties.
The relative decrease in property prices caused by the increasing number of available units on the market, allowed investors to acquire properties with relatively low prices.
This type of recession is the perfect period to invest in real estate where the acquisition cost is relatively low against a relatively high rental income for the existing projects.
The property prices are forecasted to increase back in HY1, 2018. It will be the good time to invest in off-plan projects as the prices will almost double once the projects are handed over.
A batch of interesting off-plan projects are listed with Nationwide Middle East Properties with different handover timelines starting December 2017 for Marina Sunset Bay Villas, December 2017 for Faya by Bloom, Mid 2018 for Mamsha Al Saadiyat, Jawaher and The Bridges, January 2019 for the Fairmont Marina Residences and much more that you can see on www.nwmea.com
The UAE Abu Dhabi Property Market is favorable for Buyers – despite the small fluctuations, the market represents an attractive opportunity for investors seeking great returns, making Abu Dhabi property market more accessible for buyers than ever before.
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