Factors to consider when buying a home in Dubai

Factors to consider when buying a home in Dubai

Are you considering taking the leap from tenant to homeowner? It goes without saying that you are about to make one of the biggest commitments of your life – both financially and emotionally. To ensure the process is as rewarding and as smooth as possible, we outline the most important factors to consider so you can kick-start your journey.

What to consider

  • Tenure: How long have you been in Dubai https://657c69247d9b8.site123.me/ and how long do you plan to call the city home? The answers to these questions are important in estimating your potential return on investment. If you are unsure of your long-term plans or commitment to the region, renting may be more suitable for you.
  • Affordability: A global norm that helps to define affordability is that your monthly housing expenses should not exceed 30% of your salary. It is also crucial to budget for upfront fees, which can be estimated at approximately 7-8% of the purchase price. As an owner, you will also have to keep up with ongoing maintenance fees as well as paying the annual service fees

Upfront fees

Dubai Land Department (DLD) Fees  ۴% of the purchase price + AED 580 admin fee
Property Registration Fee For properties valued below AED 500,000: millims.com AED 2,000 + 5% VAT

For properties valued above AED 500,000: AED 4,000 + 5% VAT

Real Estate Agent Fees ۲% of the purchase price + 5% VAT
Bank Mortgage Arrangement Fee ۱% of the loan amount + 5% VAT
Dubai Land Department Mortgage Registration Fees ۰.۲۵% of the loan amount + AED 290
Property Valuation Fee Between AED 2,500 – AED 3,500 + 5% VAT

Maintenance costs:
Annual maintenance charges on your property are payable to the Dubai Land Department based on the RERA Service Charge and Maintenance Index. This index determines a specific charge per square foot and varies by community. Up to date fees can be sourced directly from the DLD’s website.

  • Savings: Perhaps the most important factor to consider when contemplating buying a home is your down-payment. In line with UAE Central Bank Regulations, the minimum deposit required for https://moral.senate.go.th expats is 25% of the purchase price for properties valued at less than AED 5 million, and 20% for nationals. A personal loan obtained from a local bank cannot be used to finance your down-payment — this must come from your own savings. However, the above mentioned upfront transaction costs, agent fees and bank fees may be financed through a personal loan. 
  • Rental yields: Thinking longer-term, if you want to convert your home into an investment property down the line, it’s important to assess whether the projected rental income will be sufficient to cover your monthly mortgage repayment and maintenance expenses.
  • Residence visa: For properties valued above AED 1 million, you may be entitled to a residency visa through home-ownership, subject to meeting certain conditions. Two types of visas are available, a 6-month multi-entry or a 2-year residency. Property owners can also sponsor a visa for their immediate family members.
    For properties valued above AED 5 million, with no mortgage attached and that of which are retained for 3 years, may entitle you to a 5-year residency visa, again subject to certain eligibility conditions.

Additional things to consider…

Doing your due diligence is an important aspect of buying a home to ensure the property will keep you and your family happy for the long term.

  • Location: Take into consideration the size of your family, stage of life and lifestyle. Is the property near schools or childcare facilities? What are the approximate daily commute times from the property to your work or children’s school? Is public transport easily accessible? Are restaurants, cafes, cultural attractions or nightlife destinations important to you? Does your chosen community have adequate options?
  • Size: Again, taking into account the size of your family, is the property large enough to meet your needs? Do you have plans to expand your family in the near future? Are you looking for a spacious backyard for your children? 
  • Layout: Not all square footage is equal, which is where properly assessing floor-plans and layout becomes important. Are you looking for open-plan living? Seeking spacious living areas or do you prefer larger bedrooms?
  • Quality: Have you considered the age of the property? If buying off-plan, was the property built by a reputable developer? If investing in the secondary market, does the property require any renovations?
  • Market conditions: Stay up to date with current market trends in your chosen community. Is it the right time to buy? Are rental prices declining? What are current rental yields?

Costs of long-term renting versus buying your own home

To rent or buy? The age old question. The answer is often highly personal and depends on your individual financial situation.

Consider the below example.

Example: Renting Vs Buying : A 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown Dubai

The average rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in Downtown Dubai is AED 90,000 per annum, while the average sales price is AED 1,200,000 – let’s look at the numbers for both over the same 5-year time period.

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