From a one-woman outfit, our firm has expanded with offices all over Dubai, in Abu Dhabi, and others around the GCC region, and, we employ nearly 500 people.

Having started in residential leasing, we now offer residential sales, a commercial sales and leasing division, property management, and short-term rentals. And every day, we look for ways to bring new and better services to our clients to keep our position as the UAE’s market leading real estate company.

The key to our business is that right from the start, it was about finding places for people to live, so our business is simple, it is about people and their homes. It is true that today we do much more than that, but people and their homes will always be at the heart of what we do.

Linda Mahoney

Linda Mahoney


Linda Mahoney is the founder and chairman of Betterhomes LLC. She grew up in Montreal, Canada and embarked on a career as a registered nurse. In 1981, she moved to the UAE to set up a surgical clinic. Seeing the need for a property agency to help expats in Dubai find places to live, she left medicine behind after 25 years and in 1986, Linda established Betterhomes, a business that would grow into the leading real estate agency in the UAE.

Today, while her son is at the operational helm as CEO, Linda remains actively involved in the business to ensure that her original mandate that of putting people first is embodied at all levels of her organisation.

Ryan Mahoney

Ryan Mahoney

Chief Executive Officer

Ryan Mahoney joined the Betterhomes Team in 2001 bringing with his prodigious business acumen and natural skill as an entrepreneur, focusing initially on streamlining the processes that drive sales, leasing, and property management. He went on to give the business a robust framework for the future by establishing a technology base that would maintain the company’s competitive edge in what was fast becoming a dynamic real estate market.

He introduced the region’s first real estate customer relationship management system inclusive of inventory transactions and referrals, and has continued to spearhead a number of industry firsts while serving as an active member of the Dubai property industry’s development.

Ryan has been instrumental in leading Betterhomes from a small business, through the complexity of the challenging UAE real estate market’s highs and lows, into the most significant full-service property agency in the Middle East.


Richard Waind

Managing Director

Having graduated from Sheffield University with a degree in Law and Criminology, Richard began his career in property in 2004 at a top London estate agency. Over the last 15 years, Richard has grown and managed teams in sales, leasing, property management and financial services. Richard also spent two years heading up the expansion and acquisition plan of the UK’s third largest estate agency group before taking the position of Managing Director for London and the Homes Counties, running a network of 40 branches.

Richard joined the Betterhomes family in 2017 as Director of Brokerage, managing sales and leasing for both residential and commercial departments. In January 2019 Richard assumed the position of Managing Director and has overseen the acquisition of Ascot & Co. and the launch of the new commercial brand CRC as the Betterhomes Group continues to expand.

Richard lives in Umm Suqeim with his wife and two daughters.


Zubin Firozi

Director of Operations

Zubin Firozi joined Betterhomes in 2011 as a Portfolio Manager and quickly moved up the ranks to the position of Head of Property Management. Zubin currently serves as the company’s Director of Operations, reporting to the CEO. He is a senior member of the Betterhomes team with a mandate to oversee the company’s operations, including developing, managing, and delivering the business strategy. Zubin holds an MSc in Real Estate Investment and Finance from the Heriot-Watt University.