February 2023 Records 43 Percent YoY Increase With Over 9,000 Transactions, Reveals Property Finder
Recent data found by Property Finder, the leading property portal in the MENA region, revealed key figures on Dubai’s consistently flourishing property market. According to Property Finder’s data, February 2023 real estate transactions recorded around 43% YoY increase in volume by crossing 9,020 sales transactions compared to 6,310 in February 2022.
The value of transactions witnessed an outstanding increase recording over AED 26.7 billion, an increase beyond 65% compared to the same month last year. In terms of value, the transactions for existing properties witnessed an increase of around 32.% YoY, reaching over AED 15.6 billion compared to AED 11.8 billion in February 2022, recording the highest volume and value for the month of February for 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, 59.4% of people who have the desire to own property are looking for an apartment, while 40.6% are interested in villas/townhouses. Additionally, in the rental segment, 80% of tenants have been searching for apartments and 20% are looking for villas/townhouses. Around 65%of the tenants who are looking for apartments for a long stay prefer furnished properties, while 33% were looking for unfurnished apartments. Unlike the tenants who can afford to rent a villa/townhouse, approximately 55% were looking for unfurnished units, while 44% were looking for furnished villas/townhouses.
Around 41% of the tenants were looking for one-bedroom units in February 2023, followed by two-bedroom units, which presented 33% of the tenants' preferences, while 20% were looking for Studios. For Villas/Townhouses, two-bedroom units were the most searched villas for rent by 36.4%, followed by three-bedroom villas/townhouses by 31%.
Sales property type Preferences in February 2023
Tenants property type Preferences in February 2023
Preferred No. of bedrooms for renting Apartments
Preferred No. of bedrooms for renting Villas/Townhouses
In February 2023, both existing and off-plan transactions recorded the highest performance. By acquiring 50% of the total sales transaction and 41% of the total value of the sales transactions, The off-plan transactions in February 2023 keep supporting the uptrend of Dubai’s real estate market; the volume of the off-plan properties increased by 77.8% YoY by reaching more than 4,500 transactions compared to 2,533 transactions in February 2022, reflected in the off-plan properties value, which increased by 154% worth more than AED 11 billion compared to 4.4 billion in February 2022 to record the highest volume and value for off-plan transactions for the month of February in a decade.
In terms of volume, the existing (Secondary/ready) transactions recorded around 20% YoY increase by registering more than 4,500 transactions. In terms of value, the transactions for the existing properties witnessed an increase of around 32% YoY, reaching around AED 15.6 billion compared to AED 11.8 billion in February 2022. to record the highest volume and value for existing transactions for the month of February in a decade.
Dubai’s property market continues to maintain momentum in its sales transactions with February 2023’s accelerated market performance adding to January 2023’s record 9,800 sales transactions and a sustained growth in market value.
According to Property Finder’s proprietary data the top searched areas in February 2023 for apartments continued to include Dubai Marina, Downtown Dubai, Business Bay, Palm Jumeirah, and Jumeirah Village Circle. While Dubai Hills Estate, Palm Jumeirah, Arabian Ranches, and Mohammed Bin Rashid City were the most desired areas to own rent villas/townhouses.
Scott Bond, UAE Country Manager at Property Finder said:“We continue to see a steady demand for housing and a rising inclination towards ownership, further enabling a brighter future for the growth of real estate in the region. 2023 has definitely started on a good note, with a sustained momentum within Dubai’s property sector. With evolving consumer preferences and record Y-oY success this February, we continue to behold a positive outlook for Dubai’s multi-faceted property sector, as a trusted go-to place marketplace for our customers.”
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