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21st April 2021

Residential Property Market Report

Our Residential Property Market Report Q1 2021 shows that the worst is over for the emirate’s property market since prices started going up last summer. This is the first time in the past six years that we see positive trends in the property market recovering at a steady pace.

We witnessed a 12% jump in the number of units transacted and a 19% increase in the total value in the residential market, according to DLD. At Betterhomes, our buyer leads numbers have more than doubled and we sold 45% more units than in Q1 last year. 

Betterhomes Market Report Q1 2021

Richard Waind, Group Managing Director, said, “It was not a surprise to see an extremely high number of European buyers in Dubai in Q1 given the winter they have had. Strict travel restrictions, lockdowns, and the looming threat of tightening fiscal policies have given plenty of motivation to high net worth Europeans looking to invest in the UAE. We have seen a large number who came to escape lockdown in autumn, took advantage of the relaxations in visa rules, and extended their stays. Many now looking to buy holiday homes or become residents themselves. The number of transaction records by British, Italian, French, and German buyers increased by 168% since Q1 2020 with luxury villas and apartments on the Palm and other coastal areas being in particularly high demand.”

Key findings in the Betterhomes Residential Market Report


Betterhomes Market Report Q1 2021
  • As demand increased in Dubai’s villa communities, the number of available villas for sale reduced, resulting in an 18% price increase.
  • At Betterhomes, we witnessed a 167% increase in the number of registered buyers for villas and townhouses, while the number of actual transactions increased by 72% compared to Q1 2020. 
  • When it comes to the number of bedrooms, 4-bedroom villa sales have doubled over Q1 2020, followed by 5-bedroom villas with an increase of 83%. 
  • The average size of the villas sold decreased in Q1 2021 by 6%. 
  • While off-plan sales accounted for over 70% of the Dubai market in 2019, the pendulum has now firmly swung the other way, with secondary market sales making up 66% of the market in Q1 2021. 


Betterhomes Market Report Q1 2021
  • The number of units leased at Betterhomes increased by 19% compared to Q1 2020. 
  • The popularity of 3-bedroom apartments increased by a staggering 148% compared to Q1 2020, followed by 1-bedroom apartments with a 19% growth.
  • In the villa communities, the average build-up area decreased by 15% due to fewer villas in the market this quarter. The most popular unit type in this category is a 2-bedroom townhouse.

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