Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Real estate set up in Dubai

Dubai real estate is a major investment arena for investors worldwide. The investment pours in not only from commercial companies but also from individuals abroad. In the last five years, the real estate sector has seen a marked boost in investments. This in turn has increased the supply of real estate in Dubai. In fact, both the processes are influenced by and in turn affect each other. In the coming years, this trend is expected to bring about an increased demand for purchasing residential and commercial units. One of the major consequences of this would be soaring property prices. Although many analysts expect that the supply would exceed demand in near future, this is believed to be an impending possibility only for the high income group.

The process of buying Dubai property is simple and hassle free. Real estate in Dubai requires no national registration. Usually, one has to pay some amount as booking or reservation deposit. Then, there is a deferred payment schedule wherein the remaining payment is divided into installments spread over the construction period. Units are financed to non-UAE residents only on certain ventures. The interest rates of properties range between 6 to 9 percent and the term usually lasts for 15 years. Upon non-UAE transactions, one can even obtain freehold rights.

There are factors that make investing in Dubai realty a profitable exercise. The capital gains tax and rental income tax are 0 percent. Secondly, the demand-supply ratio is carefully monitored and controlled by the government so that the properties account for strong growth rate and returns.

Furthermore, although legal advice is required to purchase real estate units in Dubai, there is no fee to be paid for the same. There is no tax levied on the properties. But there is a land registration tax which is paid to the government on completion of the project involved. This amounts to 1.5 to 2 percent of the price. However, if the contract is resold before completion, a transfer fee ranging between 1 to 7 percent is paid to the developer. To add to the benefits of purchasing Dubai real estate, the government provides resident visas on non-UAE investments.

Even the mortgage market has developed quite fast over the last few years. The emergence of HSBC as an international mortgage provider for property in Dubai has changed the scenario for ever after. The mortgage rates offered by the bank on are highly competitive and flexible.

In 2002, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, with a vision to transform Dubai into a global city, had decided to encourage international investors towards purchasing more properties. This dream will certainly materialize in the years to come.

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