Despite market correction and a relatively stable rental market, yields still hold good

For the yield chasing global investor, Dubai’s property market — even one in a correction mode — still has what it takes.

“There has been a yield compression in Dubai from 9 per cent to 7 per cent in the apartment space,” states the new report from Reidin-GCP. “In the last 18 months, prices have flatlined, but rents have decelerated.
“The declining rental yields appear to correspond to — and are in sync — with international trends. In the apartment as well as villa space in Dubai, rental yields have trended lower structurally since 2009, indicating that investors are willing to accept risk with lower risk premia.”
In comparison’s to Dubai’s average of 7.4 per cent last year, investments in New York would have yielded 4 per cent and down from the 5 per cent in 2014, while in Hong Kong, the drop over a two-year stretch was more marginal — from 3.5 per cent to 3.4. Singapore’s rental yield trajectory went from 3.4 per cent to 3.2. In Dubai’s case, yields in 2014 were averaging 7.4 per cent as property values spiked in the first-half of the year from a wave of speculative buying.

According to the Reidin-GCP report, the standout location for yields in the villa space were those on the Palm Jumeirah. Yields have corrected significantly — perhaps indicating that this community, more than any other one has had higher levels of home ownership, especially given its “trophy” status, the report notes.
“Other than that, both in the villa and the apartment space, yields appear to have converged with each other, even as yields have systematically trended lower.”

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