The market report for 2018 is now released, delivering interesting figures for investors, buyers, landlords, and tenants backtracked half-yearly from 2016 to the end of 2018.
The leasing trends by Area where Al Reem Island stays stealing the show with the highest demand among the other areas have decreased and reached the same level recorded back in HY 1 2016.
Hydra Village, Khalifa City surrounding areas and Yas Island have slightly increased in demand. Abu Dhabi Main Island and Al Raha Gardens remained on the same level as the previous half year. Areas such as Al Ghadeer, Al Raha Beach, Al Reef, and Al Saadiyat show a noticeable decrease in HY 2 2018.
Tenants are becoming more aware of the real estate lifecycle, they safely calculate and secure the 5% top up on the yearly rental amount by opting for a less expensive property which allows a safe margin that fits in the home allowance budget.
The figures issued for the leasing trends by apartment type reflect overall stability in demand, mostly noticed for the 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom and 4+ bedroom apartments. However, a small decrease in demand is being noticed for the 2 bedroom apartments and a slight increase in demand of the Studios.
The leasing trend by apartment type has faced this interesting move due to the rental prices continuous drop in the market. First, this allows the population to afford and move to bigger properties; second, tenants became conscious of the fact that owning a property is much profitable on the medium and long-term – than paying rentals to the landlord.
The demand of the apartments remains high for the 1 bedroom type, followed by the 2 bedrooms, then the studios, 3 bedrooms, and 4+ bedrooms.
The leasing demand of the 6+ bedroom villas has a stable demand. The 2 and 5 bedrooms have seen a good increase in demand compared to the previous half year, however, the 3 and 4 bedroom villas faced a drop towards the 2 and 5 bedrooms.
The increase in demand for the 2 bedrooms can be explained by the shift from a two or three bedroom apartment towards a two bedroom villa. The three and four bedroom villas either towards the 5 bedrooms, or cutting cost on rentals and allocate the rental amount for the purchase of a property. The demand level of 6+ bedroom remains the same.
The highest demand is seen for the bedroom villas, then come equally the 2 and 4 bedrooms, then the bigger units with a logical and steady decrease in demand proportional to the property size.
Moving on to the sales demand by area – even with the drop in demand and market slowdown – Al Reem Island continuously occupies the biggest chunk of the market in terms of sales along with Khalifa City area and surroundings, followed by Alghadeer due to the launch of its phase 2.
Al Raha Gardens, Al Reef and Hydra Village are slowly moving to a higher level of demand as they were in the second half year of 2017.
By the looks of the latest figures, Al Reem Island is seeing a steady decrease in demand. Al Raha Beach a drastic decline after the pick seen after the launch of Al Raha lofts in HY 1 of 2018, to go back to the same level as the HY 2 of 2017. Al Ghadeer, Khalifa City areas, Saadiyat and Yas Island are reaching the highest trends in demand since HY 1 2016.
From these figures, we can understand that the buyers’ population is mixed as some of them are looking at luxurious properties and others are looking at convenience and affordability. Some of the buyers are end users and some of the others are Investors in small-sized properties or off-plan projects offered at reasonable prices.
The sales real estate market trends by apartment type reveal a considerable demand for the studios. The 1 bedroom type of apartments, even though its demand has dropped drastically compared to the previous months, remains one of the most demanded apartment type likewise for the 2 bedrooms.
The trends show signs of decrease among the 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments in HY 2 of 2018 with a stable demand of the 4+ bedrooms. The demand of the 2 and 3 bedroom apartments have faced a slight decrease but still higher than the levels seen back in HY 2 2017.
The property purchasers can have two different behaviors based on the property size, depending on the purchase purpose. The end users are keener to purchase the bigger apartment types. Investors, however, their purchase preference is respectively for the 1 bedrooms, studio apartments then the 2 bedrooms.
The overall highest demand goes towards the studios and 2 bedrooms, then respectively the 1 and 3 bedroom apartments. The demand on the 4+ bedrooms is very little.
Moving on to the sales trends by villa type, the statistics show drastic differences among the properties of 3, 4 and 6+ bedroom villas.
The smaller villas of 2 bedrooms show a steady drop since HY1 2017 towards the 3 bedroom villas, and the 5 bedrooms towards the 4 bedroom villas.
For the end users who are looking at purchasing a villa, we can see two different behaviors. The expatriates respectively prefer the 3 and 2 bedrooms, however, the UAE Nationals prefer 5+, 4 then 3 bedroom villas.
The figures for the Investors’ behavior are different. The UAE Nationals have an ascendant preference towards the 2, then 4, 3 and 5+ bedroom villas. The Expatriates, however, are keener to invest in the 3, 2, and then 4 and 5+ bedrooms.
The bigger portion of the total demand of the villas throughout the years is granted to the 4 bedroom type, then the 3, followed by the 2 then 5 bedrooms. The 6+ bedroom villas remain the least demanded type.
The overall results show a drop in Sales trend almost reaching back the statistics released through the first half year of 2016, but remain higher than HY 2 2016 to HY 2 2017. The Rent demand, however, recorded a higher level than ever recorded since the HY 1 of 2016.
It’s obvious that the estate market has been facing a slump since HY2 2016; however, a smooth pick up is being noticed accompanied with great investment opportunities being injected out there, in the Abu Dhabi Real Estate Market.
A number of well-priced and affordable off-plan properties are being added into 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 good rental income, for the existing projects.
The property prices are forecasted to increase back in HY 1, 2020. Now is the perfect time to invest in off-plan projects as the property value will automatically increase once the projects are handed over.
A batch of interesting off-plan projects ranging from Apartments, Duplexes to Townhouses and Villas, are listed with Nationwide Middle East Properties with different handover timelines throughout the year of 2019 such as Meera Towers in Reem Island, West Yas, Mamsha Al Saadiyat, Jawaher Al Saadiyat, The Bridges, and many more that you can discover on www.nwmea.com
The UAE in general and Abu Dhabi Property Market, in particular, is favorable for real estate Buyers and Investors – 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.
Through the latest figures generated throughout the year, we’ve noticed that the market is mostly for UAE Nationals as occupy the biggest portion in terms of Real Estate acquisition. Being conscious that Real Estate in one of the best Investment solutions which generate the highest return among other kinds of investments. The UAE Nationals opt for the best and safest option through the attractive property offerings injected in the market.
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