Dubai rent, sale prices continue quarterly fall

Agents expect further falls in Dubai rental values of up to 5 percent, according to the Property Monitor survey. (Shutterstock)
Updated 11 July 2018
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Dubai rent, sale prices continue quarterly fall

  • Rental payments made in four checks increased by 6 percent during 2Q
  • Off-plan sales accounted for the majority of the total in the second quarter of 2018

LONDON: Dubai’s residential property market witnessed a continued decline in rents and sales prices during the second quarter of 2018 according to a new report on the emirate’s real estate sector.

Figures released by Cavendish Maxwell, in its 2Q 2018 Dubai Market Report, registered quarterly declines of 1.1 percent in residential sales prices and an average 2.5 percent drop in rental values.


International City (Clusters), The Greens in Emirates Living, Discovery Gardens and Al-Furjan witnessed the most pronounced decline.

Drawing on data from the recent Property Monitor Residential Survey for 2Q 2018, the report showed that most rental agreements made during this period were for one check (38 percent), which marked a 12 percent decrease on the previous quarter.

Rental payments made in four checks increased by 6 percent during 2Q as landlords offer financial incentives to keep units occupied.

Off-plan sales accounted for the majority of the total in the second quarter of 2018, with Mohammed bin Rashid City, Business Bay and Jumeirah Village Circle leading the way.

Dubai Marina, International City and Dubai Sports City were at the forefront in secondary market apartment sales while Emirates Living and International City led in secondary market sales among villas and townhouses.

The survey also showed that most agents anticipate a further drop in princes and rents by up to 5 percent over 3Q 2018.

FASTFACTS

2.5%: Drop in Dubai rental values in the past three months. Residential sale prices fell by 1.1 percent.


US courts allies with free trade offers at G20, France resists

Updated 27 min 43 sec ago
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US courts allies with free trade offers at G20, France resists

BUENOS AIRES: The US sought to woo Europe and Japan with free trade deals on Saturday to gain leverage in an escalating tariff war with China but its overtures faced stiff resistance from France at a G20 finance ministers meeting dominated by trade tensions.
US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters at the gathering of the financial leaders of the world’s 20 largest economies in Buenos Aires that he was renewing President Donald Trump’s proposal that G7 allies drop trade barriers between them.
“If Europe believes in free trade, we’re ready to sign a free trade agreement,” Mnuchin said, adding that such a deal would require the elimination of tariffs, non-tariff barriers and subsidies. “It has to be all three issues.”
Trump has angered European allies by imposing import tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum, causing the European Union to retaliate with similar amounts of tariffs on Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Kentucky bourbon and other products.
Trump, who frequently criticizes Europe’s 10 percent car tariffs, is also studying adding a 25 percent levy on automotive imports, which would hit both Europe and Japan hard.
French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said the European Union would not consider launching trade talks with the United States unless Trump first withdraws the steel and aluminum tariffs and stands down on a car tariff threat.
“We refuse to negotiate with a gun to our head,” Le Maire told reporters on the sidelines of the G20 meeting.
Trump has angered European allies by imposing import tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum, causing the European Union to retaliate with similar amounts of tariffs on Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Kentucky bourbon and other products.
Trump, who frequently criticizes Europe’s 10 percent car tariffs, is also studying adding a 25 percent levy on automotive imports, which would hit both Europe and Japan hard.
French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said the European Union would not consider launching trade talks with the United States unless Trump first withdraws the steel and aluminum tariffs and stands down on a car tariff threat.
“We refuse to negotiate with a gun to our head,” Le Maire told reporters on the sidelines of the G20 meeting.
IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde presented the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors meeting in Buenos Aires with a report warning that existing trade restrictions would reduce global output by 0.5 percent.
In the briefing note prepared for G20 ministers, the IMF said global economic growth may peak at 3.9 percent in 2018 and 2019, while downside risks have increased due to the growing trade conflict.
Lagarde’s presentation came shortly after Mnuchin said there was no “macro” effect yet on the US economy.
Mnuchin said that, while there were some “micro” effects such as retaliation against US-produced soybeans, lobsters and bourbon, he did not believe that tariffs would keep the United States from achieving sustained 3 percent growth this year.
The US dollar fell the most in three weeks on Friday against a basket of six major currencies .DXY after Trump complained again about the greenback’s strength and about Federal Reserve interest rate rises, halting a rally that had driven the dollar to its highest in a year.
The last G20 finance meeting in Buenos Aires in late March ended with no firm agreement by ministers on trade policy except for a commitment to “further dialogue.”
Brazilian Finance Minister Eduardo Guardia said participants agreed the risks to the global economy had increased since their last meeting, citing rising trade tensions and higher interest rates by major central banks.
He said the final communique would reflect the need for members, particularly in emerging markets that have been roiled by currency weakness, to undertake reforms to protect themselves against volatility.
German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said he would use the meeting to advocate for a rules-based trading system, but that expectations were low.
“I don’t expect tangible progress to be made at this meeting,” Scholz told reporters on the plane to Buenos Aires.
The US tariffs will cost Germany up to 20 billion euros ($23.44 billion) in income this year, according to the head of German think-tank IMK.
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said he hoped the debate at the G20 gathering would lead to an easing of retaliatory trade measures.
“Trade protectionism benefits no one involved,” he said. “I think restraint will eventually take hold.”