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The truth behind the property management myth

If we had a dirham for every time we’re told that property management is “too expensive” or “not necessary,” we’d retire tomorrow. For now though, we’re busy proving those arguments wrong. Read on to find out how professional property management really works in #Dubai.

 1. “It’s too expensive”

If you manage your rental property yourself, we’re guessing you spend more time and money than you’d like on:

•   Marketing •   Tenant screening •   Ejari registration •   Rent collection •   Inspection and maintenance •   Starting all over again 

Top of any Dubai landlord’s list of expensive mistakes has to be choosing the wrong tenant. This can lead to erratic rental installments, costly repairs and unprofitable occupancy rates.

So having access to a reliable tenant pool is invaluable, says Shona Calvert, Portfolio Manager at haus & haus. “We have a steady flow of vetted tenants looking for settled, long term tenancies. And when they move on, there’s always someone to take their place,” Sh

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How can luxury be affordable? Your questions answered

As unlikely pairings go, ‘affordable’ and ‘luxury’ are definitely enjoying a moment in Dubai. Having experienced something of a slow burn to begin with, the concept of affordable luxury in real estate terms is now firing on all cylinders. But can luxury truly be affordable? Yes, say haus & haus, and here’s how to find it.

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What classifies a property as affordable luxury?

With all of Dubai jumping on the affordable luxury property bandwagon, it’s important to find a real estate broker who finds you the real deal. Off plan apartments and villas that best represent affordable luxury, feature innovative design in compact spaces without compromising on the quality of fixtures, fittings or lifestyle. Luxury still means SMART kitchens, opulent materials, floor to ceiling windows and well appointed outdoor space – just on a smaller scale. The masterplan for studios and apartments for sale in Hartland – overlooking Dubai Canal – is a case in point.

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Why you need to know about the supermall effect

Luke Remington, Managing Director of haus & haus, explains why Dubai’s supermalls are driving property demand like never before.


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When I was an estate agent in the UK, a new Waitrose in town could increase the value of your property by thousands of pounds. Here in Dubai, it’s not so much the supermarket effect as the supermall effect that drives demand. Increasingly, developers are building spectacular commercial spaces designed to trigger demand for nearby properties – old and new. Here’s my guide to the latest in mall power.

The established supermall – Dubai’s unique brand of glamourThe supermall is all part of Dubai’s signature luxury lifestyle, where high fashion fuses with big name tech brands, designer homewares, endless dining options and adventurous leisure experiences. Here, you can even stay mall-side at a glitzy 5 star hotel of your choice.

While malls may come and go, for me, the ultimate supermall is still Dubai Mall. Its vast, glittering atrium, extravagant stores

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How you can benefit from Dubai's latest price trends

You don’t have to be a real estate broker to know that off plan properties come to market all the time in #Dubai. Even if you’re new in town, you’ll notice those ‘coming soon’ billboards pretty much everywhere. But what does this snowball effect mean for property prices? Read on for our round up of the price trends you can work to your advantage.

Compact and affordable

Experienced buy to let investors snap up multiple off plan apartment units and hand them over for property management – quite literally in the time it takes to meet with their broker for coffee. So how can they afford it?

Take a look at the floor plan for studio and 1 bed apartments at Vincitore Boulevard in the Arjan community and you’ll notice that units are designed to a compact specification without compromising on high-spec living space or luxury communal facilities in an excellent location. Having become something of a common approach to keeping prices low – studios at Vincitore Boulevard start at AED 543,000 –

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How to make threefold returns on your property investment

At haus & haus we work with three types of property investors: professional investment buyers who buy and sell property for profit, buy to let investors who make a rental return on their investment and savvy homebuyers with one eye on the future. Whichever you are, you’ll find our investment know-how invaluable.

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Professional Investors

If you haven’t already added investment properties in Dubai South to your portfolio, it’s time. Prices are forecast to rocket as this city within a city prepares to host EXPO 2020. Work is in progress on homes for 1 million residents, together with Al Maktoum International Airport and a logistics hub that will create 500,000 jobs, The National.ae reports.

“Leading developers like Emaar have arrived in Dubai South, also home to the flagship airport for Emirates, one of the highest paying airlines around. These 2 factors indicate that buyers and tenants with links to the airline and Expo 2020 site are likely to make their home here once c

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How to pay the lowest rent for the best property around

It’s always exciting when a Dubai development creates a buzz, and that is exactly what’s happening in Jumeirah Village Circle, Studio City and Arjan right now. With so many buy-to-let landlords snapping up sleek new properties, rentals are becoming as affordable as they are luxurious. Here’s the lowdown on finding your #DreamHome to rent.

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Jumeirah Village Circle (JVC) – a great all rounder

Supremely well connected, JVC is in easy reach of excellent amenities at The Springs, The Meadows and Sports City. Dubai Marina is just 15 minutes’ drive and JVC will soon have its own shopping and entertainment multiplex at Al Khail Avenue. There are communal parks, tennis courts and nearby schools for primary and secondary ages. While you might think this quality of life beyond your reach, the happy reality is that a glut of new properties keep rents low. The square footage at this 2 bed, 2 bath apartment in Sandoval Gardens for example, makes fabulous value. Its large balcony, hi

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3 simple ways to get the best lending rates in Dubai

1. Decide what ‘best’ means to youWhen it comes to lending, there’s been a definite sea change in Dubai. Banks have recovered from the debt crisis of 10 years ago, learning important lessons along the way. Strict governance on loans is now in place, minimising risk for lenders and borrowers alike. This new confidence has seen a drop in interest rates, making now the time to borrow money for a property investment like this beautiful off plan villa in The Nest, Al Barari.

However, the best interest rates in Dubai aren’t always the lowest. So before you’re tempted to borrow more money in exchange for lower interest rates, calculate how much your repayments will cost you in the long term. Compare this scenario to the one where you borrow only what you need at a slightly higher rate before you commit. Remember there’s room to negotiate terms with your bank, whatever you decide.

2. Understand the market – and work it in your favourWith the current market tipped in favour of investmen

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