Dubai real estate: $9.3bn of property sales in March

Dubai property market continues to flourish with massive increase in value and volume of real estate deals

Dubai saw $9.3bn (AED34.2bn) of property sales last month, according to data published by Property Finder.

The number of real estate deals climbed around 45 per cent year-on-year to more than 12,000 transactions compared to 8,344 in March 2022.

The value of transactions increased beyond 53% compared to the same month last year.

Dubai real estate 2023

In terms of value, the transactions for existing properties witnessed an increase of more than 34 per cent year-on-year, reaching over AED21.6bn compared to AED16.1bn in March 2022, recording the highest volume and value for the month of March in a decade.

Furthermore, the data revealed updated figures showing a significant evolution in property preferences for both owners and tenants.

According to Property Finder’s data for March 2023, 59.7 per cent of people who desire to own property are looking for an apartment, while 40.3 per cent are interested in villas/townhouses.

In March 2023, there was an increase in the percentage of investors or home seekers looking for apartments, rising from 57.2 per cent in March 2022 to 59.7 per cent.

Conversely, those searching for Villas/townhouses decreased by 2.5 per cent, dropping from 42.8 per cent to 40.3 percent.

Among home seekers, the most commonly searched apartment size was two bedrooms, accounting for 34 per cent, followed by one-bedroom apartments at 32 per cent.

Additionally, in the rental segment, 79.8 per cent of tenants search for apartments and 20.2 per cent  look for villas/townhouses.

Around 63.8 per cent of the tenants who are looking for apartments for a longer stay prefer furnished properties, while 34.4 per cent were searching for unfurnished apartments.

Unlike the tenants who can afford to rent a villa/townhouse, approximately 52.1 per cent were looking for unfurnished units, while 46.8 per cent were looking for furnished villas/townhouses.

Around 33.3 per cent of the tenants were looking for one-bedroom units in March 2023, followed by two-bedroom units, which presented 30.4 per cent of the tenants’ preferences, while 29.4 per cent were looking for Studios. For Villas/Townhouses, 42 per cent of tenants were primarily looking for three-bedroom units, while 35.5 per cent were searching for four-bedroom or larger options.

Off-plan transactions significantly supported Dubai’s real estate market uptrend in March, accounting for 52.8 per cent of the total sales transactions and 36.8 percent of the total transaction value.

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