Dubai Hills has consolidated its credentials as a favoured spot for villas and townhouses as buyers seek out ready homes. Image Credit: Gulf News

Dubai: Ready homes are what property buyers in Dubai are into these days, with March seeing the highest number of deals – 860 – ever for already built villas or townhouses. The numbers also suggest that the recent upturn is demand for villas and townhouses has got staying power, with buyers making use of favourable pricing and a need for bigger spaces.

During the first three months, one out every three residential secondary properties sold was a either a villa or townhouse, confirming a trend that has been obvious since the pandemic struck and residents felt the need for a lot more space and a bit of green.

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Dubai Hills Estate, Arabian Ranches, The Springs and Nakheel’s Nad Al Sheba community made up 30 per cent of all such ready homes sold in the first three months of the year. In all, 2,231 ready villas and townhouses were sold in Q1-2021, quite a big lead on the 673 units in the first three months of last year, according to Property Finder.

A three-bedroom Dubai Hills home currently lists for Dh3.5 million and over, while at Arabian Ranches, there are listings from Dh2.4 million or thereabouts.

According to market sources, recent enquiries have overwhelming favoured ready options rather than buy offplan. It has seen developers push 10-15 per cent straight discounts on their offplan projects to get some of the buyer interest that is out there.

"Developers are also jumping onto the bandwagon and adding new villa/townhouses phases into existing projects... which are selling out within hours after hitting the market,” said Lynnette Abad Sacchetto, Director of Research & Data at Property Finder.

  1. Nad Al Sheba, a villa/townhouse community, has seen a significant pick up in demand. It is the area with the most number of ready houses sold in Q1-2021.
  2. In Nad Al Sheba, there were no ready villas sold in Q1-2020. "Since the properties [got[ handed over during the past 12 months, we see sales climb from zero to 248 properties sold in Q1-2020," according to Property Finder.