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If My Visa Is Expired, Can I Still Live in A Rental Apartment in the UAE?

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Being the hub of business and economic activities in the Middle East, a huge number of people visit the UAE every year to find a job or start their business. The tax-free environment, coupled with conveniences and luxuries it offers, make it an attractive place for everyone. Since not many people can afford to buy property in the UAE, their ultimate resort is to rent a living space.

When it comes to renting in the UAE, it is extremely important to follow requirements as levied by the authorities. Whether you are looking for apartments for rent in Abu Dhabi or villas in Dubai, you can’t start the process if you don’t meet the basic criteria.

A vital part of this criteria is to have necessary documents with you. These include:

  •       Copy of passport
  •       Copy of residence visa
  •       Coy of Emirates ID
  •       Security Deposit Cheque. This is refundable and charged at 5% of the yearly rental amount (10% if the property is furnished).
  •       Agency fee cheque

While all of these documents hold equal importance, you certainly can’t get an apartment, villa or house for rent, if you don’t possess a residence visa. It serves as proof that you are residing in the UAE legally. This visa is valid for a particular period of time and is meant to be renewed/extended once it has expired. Failing to do so can land you in great troubles. Among them, the most prominent one is that your landlord may ask you to free their property.

At the time of signing the rental agreement, landlords tend to analyse the residence visa and check its expiration date. If the date is nearing, they will ask you to get it renewed as soon as possible. If, due to any reason, you were unable to get it renewed or extended, your landlord has the right to ask you to vacate the house or flat for rent you are currently residing in. So to answer the question, “if my visa expires, can I still live in a rental apartment in the UAE?” is no, you can’t. It is one of the basic requirements for every individual who wants to live in the UAE.

The crux here is that if you want to live in the UAE without facing any hassle or any legal trouble, get your residence visa extended at the right time. Otherwise, you may be asked to vacate the property and face accommodation issues in the country, no matter which emirate you live in.

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How to Apply for Emirates ID for Residency in Dubai?

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To have a permanent residency in Dubai, an Emirates ID serves as your key identification. No matter which city you live in, you are required to carry this card with you at all times. Issued by the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (FAIC), it contains an electronic chip, which has all important data stored in it. For example, right from your fingerprints to other basic details and photos, everything is stored in this small chip which will help in almost making any transaction in UAE like buying a property for sale, renting an apartment, short term rentals, buying a car in dubai and more .

Apart from being your official identification in the UAE, an Emirates ID can be used for several other purposes as well. For example, you can use it to carry out various transactions such as paying utility bills, registering vehicles, paying fines, etc. Furthermore, you won’t be able to buy property in Dubai or any other emirate if you don’t have an Emirates ID.

The Process to Apply for an Emirates ID

For UAE Nationals

Where to Apply for emirates id?

If a UAE national needs to apply for an Emirates ID, they need to visit any FAIC centre or an approved typing centre. Specific happiness centres located in the city have FAIC centres within them.

Documents Required

A UAE national needs the following documents to get their application processed:

  • Original Passport
  • Original Family Book (required only if the application is made through a typing centre)

If the applicant is below 15 years of age, they require the following documents to proceed:

  • Photo with background
  • Original birth certificate or their father’s emirate ID/passport

For new-born applications, an ID number is required, which is issued at the time of registering in the Population Register.

Application Fees

Emirates ID fees depend on the duration for which it remains valid. Moreover, the mode of application also influences the fees. Have a look at the details:

Applying through an FAIC Centre

  • AED 290 for Emirates ID valid for 5 years
  • AED 390 for Emirates ID valid for 5 years

Applying through a Typing Centre:

  • AED 170 for Emirates ID valid for 5 years
  • AED 270 for Emirates ID valid for 5 years

Process to Apply

  • Fill out the application form. You can get this form online or at FAIC centres.
  • Pay application fees.
  • If you are over 15 years of age, you will be required to submit your biometric details. For this purpose, you will have your fingerprints taken, along with a photograph, at an FAIC centre.
  • Once you have submitted all the details, your application will go under processing.
  • After the processing is complete, you will be notified when your card is ready to be collected.
  • You will be able to collect your card after 24 hours of applying if you have applied through FAIC centres. In case you have applied through a typing centre, it can take up to 5 working days for your ID to be issued. Once it is issued, visit the post office you mentioned in the application for collection purposes.

For Expats

Just like UAE nationals, Expats are also required to carry their Emirates ID with them all the time. Whether they want to pay a bill or look for houses for sale in Dubai offers, Emirates ID is necessary for them to complete every transaction.

Where to Apply?

If you are moving to Dubai for work purposes, you can ask your company to sponsor you and apply for an ID on your behalf. You can also do it on your own by applying through an approved typing centre located anywhere in Dubai.

Documents Required

  • Original passport
  • Original entry permit or valid residency

For people below the age of 15 or new-borns, these additional documents are required:

  • Personal photo with white background
  • Original birth certificate or the Emirates ID of father or their passport
  • In the case of new-borns, visa & passport of the applicant’s sponsor is also required

Application Fees

Just like the Emirates ID card for nationals, application fees for expats ID card also depends on the duration of validity. Furthermore, they also have to bear additional service fees. These charges also vary in terms of the mode of application.

Applying through an FAIC Centre/Smart App

  • AED 140 for 1-year validity
  • AED 240 for 2 years’ validity
  • AED 340 for 3 years’ validity

Applying through a Typing Centre:

  • AED 170 for 1-year validity
  • AED 270 for 2 years’ validity
  • AED 370 for 3 years’ validity

Process to Apply

Here is a set of instructions to follow when applying for an Emirates ID for expats through a typing centre:

  • Fill out the application form with necessary details.
  • Pay the application charges. You will then receive an SMS with the information that your application is received.
  • If you are 15 years or above, you will need to have your biometrics taken by an approved Preventive Medicine Centre. Authorised personnel will take your fingerprints and photographs.
  • Next, your visa will be stamped and the application will officially go in the processing stage. A tracking number will be allotted to you, which you can use to track your application & check its status.
  • Once your card is issued, you will be notified via an SMS. Usually, it takes 5 working days for the ID to be issued. To collect your Emirates ID, you will be required to visit the post office you mentioned in the application.

For GCC Nationals

The process for GCC Nationals to apply for an Emirates ID is similar to that of UAE nationals. However, they also need to submit their proof of residency in this city. It can be an employment certificate, valid trade licence or a certificate testifying that they study in the UAE. The validity of Emirates ID for GCC Nationals is 5 years.

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GCC Should Emulate Dubai’s Strategy in Realty Sector

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Initiatives taken by Dubai to curb real estate oversupply risks and for monitoring private sector building activity should be applied across the GCC real estate markets to sustain the current growth momentum, property analysts say.

The GCC residential realty sector, which recorded a rebound in the first nine months of 2019, will require a combination of lower upcoming supply and lower prices for transactions to sustain the growth rates into the medium term, say analysts at Kamco Research.

“Government initiatives like the formation of the Higher Real Estate Planning Committee from the Dubai Government should aid in reducing oversupply risks and monitoring private sector real developer activity in our view. Tighter supply would also be needed to eventually restrict tenant migration and a resultant drop in rentals,” they observed.

In the first nine months, real estate sale transactions in the GCC excluding Bahrain rebounded, as total value transacted improved by 15 per cent to $68.8 billion, as compared to $59.7 billion in the same 2018 period, according to Kamco Research.

The number of transactions also gained 25 per cent over the same period to reach 429,410 transactions in the first three quarters.

Dubai Realty Sector Driving Factor

The improvement in the region’s transactions was mainly driven by Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, as transacted value in Saudi Arabia gained by 36 per cent year on year, while transacted value in Kuwait moved up by 9.4 per cent as compared to the same nine-month period in 2018.

“Nevertheless, our estimates suggest that the higher transactions came at the cost of lower achieved prices, as the average value per transaction in the GCC declined by 8 per cent to around $160,200 in the first nine months from around $174,000 per transaction in the same 2018 period,” it said.

On the lending side, aggregate credit to the real estate sector disbursed by GCC banks at the end of the third quarter was down marginally by 0.7 per cent quarter-on-quarter to reach $204.1, said the report.

Real estate equities in Abu Dhabi and Kuwait continued to remain the best performers year-to-date. The outperformance of ADX listed real estate equities was mainly ascribed to Aldar’s outperformance (plus-46 per cent), from the announced freehold law, and the government projects bagged by the company.

Saudi Arabia remains the largest contributor to real estate transactions in the GCC, contributing over 51 per cent of the value transacted and 54 per cent of the region’s number of transactions in the nine-month period.

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2020 to Set Direction for Dubai Property Rental Prices

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Residential property supply is set to hit an all-time high in Dubai in 2020, keeping prices and rentals under pressure this year as well and attracting more cost-conscious buyers due to higher affordability, say analysts.

Real estate research firms predict around 50,000 units will hit Dubai this year with most of it attributed to spillover of expected handovers from last year. It is believed that the decline in prices and rentals will slow down this year as 2020 will be a pivotal year for Dubai’s economy and the real estate market.

Property analysts believe that 2020 will be a key indicator to ascertain where the Dubai’s property market stands now in terms of demand and supply balance and set the direction for the prices and rentals in coming years.

Aditi Hariharan, associate partner for strategic consulting and research at Cavendish Maxwell, said some areas in Dubai are beginning to exhibit growth, which is certainly a positive sign of things to come.

“We do believe that the rate of decline will slow down across others, but overall we still expect supply to exert pressure on prices and rentals on the overall market in 2020.”

She said prices last year declined 15 per cent in apartment segment and nearly 18 per cent in the villas/townhouses segment versus 2018. Rents declined 13.4 per cent in the apartment segment and by 9 per cent in the villas/townhouses segment versus 2018.

“Rents typically fall at a slower rate than prices, which has a positive effect on yields for the market as a whole. Rents will continue to fall in many areas of Dubai in 2020, but again, this is not a trend we expect to see across all areas of Dubai.”

According to real estate consultancy CORE, the average year-on-year of sales price drop was over 8 per cent and rental drop was over 9 per cent in 2019.

“We expect both rentals and sales prices to remain under downward pressure this year. However, in 2020, we expect the market to continue being occupier friendly, with underlying demand being met, evidenced by a steady increase in transaction volumes,” said Prathyusha Gurrapu, head of research and advisory at CORE.

Within the first half of 2020, Hariharan expects over 50,000 units of residential supply to enter the market as developers hand over projects delayed in 2019, which could exert downward pressure on prices.

However, the materialization rate of handovers in the emirate is generally lower than forecast, around 60-70 per cent, which comes to around 30,000 to 35,000 units.

As a result of decline in prices, Zhann Jochinke, chief operating officer of Property Monitor, said many buyers who were potentially on the fence regarding property purchase decisions have decided to enter the market, as reflected by the record transaction figures in 2019.

“Whilst this is a strong indicator of hitting a floor in terms of prices, other indicators such as high vacancy rates and the expected upcoming supply are yet to show signs that support stabilisation. Looking ahead to 2020, the Expo is going to be a key indicator of where we stand in terms of demand and supply,” he said.

Prathyusha Gurrapu says she remains cautiously optimistic on the city’s real estate near to midterm outlook.

“A positive turn around in prices and bottoming out of the market is yet to be seen, however, we expect this year to act as a catalyst towards real estate recovery as the market continues to adjust and potentially plateau over the coming years,” she added.

She said landlords are flexible in order to maintain occupancies, with leasing incentives expected to continue, including rent-free periods and longer contract terms, refurbishing units or contributing to utilities. “We are also witnessing higher number of cheques increasingly becoming the norm, particularly in the lower to mid-market segment where tenants are price sensitive and barriers to relocation are low.”

Short-term rentals in Dubai is set to get a shot in arm following the introduction of long-term visa by the UAE.

“With the launch of the five-year tourism visa for all nationalities, we expect a considerable rise in short -term rentals and the holiday homes market,” says Prathyusha Gurrapu, head of research and advisory at CORE.

The UAE Cabinet has approve five-year tourist visa for all nationalities and set to be issued from first-quarter of 2020.

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Investing in Dubai Property – Is it the Right Time?

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Dubai property supply is set to hit an all-time high for the residents in 2020, keeping prices and rentals under pressure and attracting more cost-conscious buyers due to higher affordability, say analysts.

Real estate research firms predict that around 50,000 units will hit Dubai this year, with most of it attributed to the spillover of expected handovers from last year. It is believed that the decline in prices and rentals will slow down this year as 2020 will be a pivotal year for Dubai’s economy and the real estate market.

Dubai property analysts believe that 2020 will be a key indicator to ascertain where the Dubai’s property market stands now in terms of demand and supply balance and set the direction for the prices and rentals in coming years.

Aditi Hariharan, associate partner for strategic consulting and research at Cavendish Maxwell, said tangible measures have now been taken to curb oversupply, including the formation of the Higher Committee for Real Estate Planning and developers holding back on new launches and focusing on projects under construction instead.

Within the first half the year, Hariharan expects over 50,000 units of residential supply to enter the market as developers hand over projects delayed in 2019, which could exert downward pressure on prices.

Dubai Property Prices Decline Outcome

As a result of decline in Dubai property prices, Zhann Jochinke, chief operating officer of Property Monitor, said many buyers who were potentially on the fence regarding property purchase in Dubai decisions have decided to enter the market, as reflected by the record transaction figures in 2019.

“Whilst this is a strong indicator of hitting a floor in terms of prices, other indicators such as high vacancy rates and the expected upcoming supply are yet to show signs that support stabilisation. Looking ahead to 2020, the Expo is going to be a key indicator of where we stand in terms of demand and supply,” he said.

Prathyusha Gurrapu, head of research and advisory at CORE, says the market continues to witness increasing downward pressure on prices due to record supply volumes across all asset classes and the wider global economic and regional geo-political uncertainty.

“Dubai will be at the global center stage during Expo 2020 and while we are excited to see what this year brings to the city in terms of population growth, tourism and investment inflows, we remain cautiously optimistic on the city’s real estate near to midterm outlook. A positive turn around in prices and bottoming out of the market is yet to be seen, however, we expect this year to act as a catalyst towards real estate recovery as the market continues to adjust and potentially plateau over the coming years,” she added.

She said landlords are flexible in order to maintain occupancies, with leasing incentives expected to continue, including rent-free periods and longer contract terms, refurbishing units or contributing to utilities. “We are also witnessing higher number of cheques increasingly becoming the norm, particularly in the lower to mid-market segment where tenants are price sensitive and barriers to relocation are low.”

According to CORE, the average year-on-year of sales price drop was over 8 per cent and rental drop was over 9 per cent in 2019. “We expect both rentals and sales prices to remain under downward pressure this year. However, in 2020, we expect the market to continue being occupier friendly, with underlying demand being met, evidenced by a steady increase in transaction volumes,” Gurrapu said.

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Dubai Property Achieves Supply-Demand Balance

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Top Dubai property  developers believe that a demand-supply balance has been achieved to some extent, and that prices are at rock-bottom and unlikely to go down any further.

Hussain Sajwani, chairman of Damac Properties, said that the market turned the corner in 2018 when new launches started to decline.

“We launched only one project each in 2018 and 2019, as compared to 10-12 in 2015. Our new project launches are 90 per cent less now, as we’re focused on deliveries. In 2019, we delivered over 6,000 units and plan to handover 8,500 this year and 9,000 next year. I believe that if the supply is stopped for a couple of years, the balance will be achieved between supply and demand,” Sajwani said.

Last year, 20,000 residential units were sold across Dubai, the Damac chairman had said earlier. This year, the developer hopes to sell 1,000 units.

“The prices won’t get cheaper in 2020-2021. The supply is getting less, and hopefully, in 2022, the prices will get much better,” he said during an interview with the CNBC at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

“Prices are rock bottom. Today, in Dubai, what you’re buying is almost at the cost of the developer or below cost,” he told Bloomberg in an interview.

He said that the supply has been curbed in the last couple of months as most of the big developers are not bringing in new projects.

Insights from Dubai Property Consultancies

Data by some Dubai property consultancies show that the actual supply is less than projected, while sales have jumped substantially in the later part of last year, as properties become more affordable due to a persistent decline in prices. Data by ValuStrat revealed that a total of 24,613 residential units were confirmed to have been completed in 2019, which means that total completions represented only 58 per cent of the projected residential supply for 2019.

Real estate consultancy Cavendish Maxwell has predicted that 50,000 units will be handed over in 2020, but industry players believe that the materialisation rate will remain lower than expected due to delays in deliveries.

Atif Rahman, director and partner of Danube Properties, is also not worried about the oversupply, because he believes that a balance in supply and demand has been achieved.

“There can be oversupply in any market. Mumbai is sitting with 170,000 houses and there are no takers. In the Delhi region, there are more than 200,000 houses in the market; and we are talking about a country with a population of 1.3 billion, while the UAE is just 10 million. There will never be oversupply of good property,” he said.

He noted that a progressive economy, bringing in fresh investment, more population and businesses to the country will create further demand for properties in Dubai. “Every step that the Dubai government is taking, such liberalisation of trade and immigration reforms are moving towards that direction and will create more demand.”

Rahman noted that the Higher Committee for Real Estate Planning is not going to put a cap on new developments. “Even if they put a cap, we need to respect that. I am sure they must take the decision after a lot of research. You always get judicious and pro-business decision from the government,” he added.

Rahman stressed that every developer who is launching a new project should remain responsible towards delivering the previous one. “If a developer is progressing well with construction and delivery of previous project, I don’t see any harm in launching a new project. For the last 15 year, we always hear about oversupply, but more than half of Dubai was built over the last 15 years and the supply has been consumed,” he said.

Before March 2020, Danube plans to launch one more residential project in Dubai.

Danube Properties chairman Rizwan Sajan bets on UAE expats living in rented apartments to sell the new project.

“There is still huge scope of new properties as 80 per cent of expats still stay in the rented apartments. They are looking for affordable, value-for-money, good location, and payment plans. If you have put all these together they would certainly be interested,” he said.

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Easy Readiness Tips to Make Your House for Sale

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Do you think that staging is just about decluttering, fixing what’s broken and trimming your garden hedge?

Prospective buyers may open drawers, look under rugs and check for leaky faucets. Sure, staging involves a lot of cleaning and organizing, but whipping up your pad into shape is also about minding the details.

Here are few outside-the-box tricks to get you started ti make your house for sale process easier.

Focus on lighting:

If your house is for sale, then poor lighting is a common staging mistake. Replace bright white light bulbs with softer-toned hues to make space feel cozy and inviting.

Mind the nitty-gritty:

Tackle all necessary and obvious repairs. Make a list of what needs to be fixed both inside and outside of your house for sale. Doing all possible repairs prior to the sale will make it more attractive to property buyers and also allow you to increase its value. Consider cracked floors or counter tiles, holes or cracks in the walls, chipped paint, leaky faucets, and showers, squeaky doors, jamming drawers and burned-out light bulbs.

Clean:

Clean windows inside and out, remove cobwebs and dust furniture and lighting fixtures. Have natural scents such as lavender or vanilla in your bathroom and rooms to make them smell fresh.

Replace:

Get rid of old window treatments and switch out cabinet and door knobs. Throw worn-out rugs and get new ones. Hang fresh towels in your bathroom.

Free Up Your Space:

Declutter. Remove extra bookcases or your old computer table. If you’re not yet ready to throw things in the bin or sell them, rent a storage unit.

Disassociate yourself from the house:

Hide family heirlooms, pictures or any memorabilia so that buyers can imagine themselves living in your home.

Work the outdoors as well:

Your garden is the first thing potential buyers will evaluate when they visit your house. If they do not like the garden, there is a great chance that they might not like the interiors as well. Make your garden look fresh by planting new greens and flowers. Trim the bushes. Clear the sidewalks and mow the lawn. Hire a gardener, if necessary. And never forget to make your house number clear and readable.

These are just some ways to help you prepare your home. While they may not add equity to your property, a presentable home always gets more nods from buyers!

For more information about buying new houses or apartments in Dubai, visit www.zoomproperty.com

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7 Things Your Landlord Won’t Tell You While Renting a Property

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Renting a property can be a great or stressful experience depending on your landlord. Before you sign your contract, make sure you ask lots of questions so you know exactly what you’re signing up for. However, there might be a few things your landlord won’t be so upfront about. Here they are:

1. The Property is on Sale

You’ve moved into your new property and suddenly you’re getting clients wishing to view it? If they’ve given you 24 hours’ notice then there’s not much you can do. Always check your contract beforehand for information on selling the property.

2. Roadworks

You’re in love with your new property as its lovely and quiet but you haven’t yet discovered that roadworks are about to commence? Your landlord might fail to mention this until that lucrative contract is signed. Get the heads up beforehand by checking with locals or even research online for any work that might be about to take place.

3. Look, there’s a leak!

You may not notice any problems while checking out your new property, especially if it concerns underground pipes. If you’re locked in a contract and have just paid a lump sum of rent upfront, this stressful situation is probably one you don’t need. Not to mention who is going to foot the bill for repairs.

4. Maintenance work

So, you think your landlord is going to cover all maintenance costs? Double check your contact to ensure you know exactly who is going to pay for repairs. Some contracts only cover maintenance checks and not the actual repair work.

5. Holding your deposit

The security deposit for rental properties can be a tricky issue. What one person classes as general wear and tear, others do not. Some landlords may expect you to keep your property in immaculate condition. Ask for a definitive list when you move in so you know exactly what their expectations are.

6. Facilities? What facilities?

If you’ve been looking forward to using the on-site facilities, you may get a shock if you’re suddenly blocked from using them. If you’re in an apartment block then ensure that your landlord has been paying for community access. You might need to pay extra for this privilege so double check beforehand to avoid stumping up extra money.

7. Darkness forever

Try to view your new property during the day. Light can make a big difference and it may be that your apartment only lets in very little natural light during the day.

If you can, speak to previous tenants and even your potential neighbours to gain perspective on the property. You’ll probably get to find out more about your landlord too!

 

 

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7 Signs To Start Finding a New Property in Dubai

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Are you unsure if you need to move and start finding a new property in Dubai to live?? There’s no doubt that moving house is no easy feat and can be stressful but sometimes it may be totally necessary to make the transition to a new space. Here are 7 tell-tale signs that it’s time to start looking for a new home in Dubai.

1. You Have Too Much Space

Kids moved out? Undecided on whether to convert your children’s bedrooms into a study? Then, you may just have too much house. Downsizing to a smaller residence may be a good idea for you.

2. You Don’t Have Enough Space

Tired of waiting in line for the bathroom each morning? If you have a growing family then you may not have as much space as you need. Teenagers want more space of their own, so it’s highly likely that you’ll be searching for a new property in Dubai with extra bedrooms and one that fits you better.

3. Trading up

Got yourself a new job? Maybe you’ve received a promotion in another city? Or perhaps you’ve been eyeing up new interiors or seeking home inspiration. The writing on the walls may be telling you to find a space better suited for you.

4. Retirement

Heading towards retirement? Then you might be looking for a new community to live in so you can relax and enjoy your newfound time. A new home or town close to a golf course or sports facilities where you can enjoy your freedom may be the right place to be.

5. Long Work Commute

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If you have to travel a distance to your job then moving house in Dubai may provide an adequate solution. You’ll save on travel costs and may get a few more extra minutes of snooze time.

6. Neighbourhood Problems

If there are problems in your community, such as increasing crime or noise then moving to a better neighborhood is a good reason to relocate.

7. Money is Tight

Is it payback time? If you’re on a tight budget, then moving home could provide the answer to your problems. Relocating to a cheaper area and downsizing is a great way to fix any sleepless nights you might be having financial troubles.

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7 Ways to create the perfect porch

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Homes with nice front views sell faster. Sprucing up your home’s curb appeal is not only necessary if you’re looking to sell. A fresh and vibrant exterior will be a wonderful sight to see every time you pull into your driveway.
Little touches add up, so here are 10 simple ways to bring life to your house’s exterior.

1. Build a walkway:

Walkways make any home feel friendly and welcoming. If your house does not have a walkway, try clearing a path and lining it with some stones. If you already have a footpath, try giving it a new look. Brick pavements bring a classic vibe to any landscape.

2. Change the hardware:

Get new locks, bells, door handles and fun knockers as these can make even the plainest door look classy. Changing hardware even in subtle places such as on ­­shutters will give your front entrance an instant update.

3. Light the way:

Walkway lighting adds a soft glow at night and safely leads visitors to your house. If you have a tree in your yard, consider hanging a string of lights. Don’t like wires? Purchase solar lights at your local hardware store. Just stick them to the ground along the front walk and they’ll be good to go.

4. Add stair-step plants:

Place container plants on the steps leading to your door.

5. Add fresh porch furniture:

Benches aren’t just for sitting but can also serve as a display area for plants and lend an earthy vibe to the entrance. Try a bright red bench for some zing. A pair of matching rockers or a cozy glider can also be hugely cheering.

6. Breathe life through colors:

Have a red bench on the porch or red bricks on your walkway. Plant colorful roses along your fence.

7. Try a unique front door:

The front door’s also a great spot for a dash of color and can be just the thing you need to give a plain exterior a new look. Paint it a contrasting color from your house to give it instant character.

For more information about living in the most beautiful homes in Dubai, visit www.zoomproperty.com

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