'Make sure the area is right for you' when buying in Dubai

22/05/2012 - Dubai Property News Posted by Neil King
'Make sure the area is right for you' when buying in Dubai

Investors looking at buying in Dubai - either for work reasons or a change of scenery - have been advised by one expert to really make sure the area they are looking to live in is ideal for them.Marketing manager at information and advice resource for people living abroad Expat Focus Lindsay de Feliz noted that research is vital before signing on the dotted line and undergoing the upheaval of setting up home in a different country.For example, in Dubai, there are some areas like Jumeirah Beach Residence that are well-suited for families with children, while others such as the Dubai Marina would benefit single people who want to be at the heart of the urban scene.Furthermore, people with a green conscience can find developments in the emirate that feature all the latest sustainability features.However, it is difficult to know which of these areas is right for various individuals without doing the legwork first and Ms de Feliz recommends renting a property in a chosen area for the first six months of moving before handing over deposits.The expert then added it is essential the buyer hires "a good and honest lawyer" who will make sure the transaction is legal and the house or apartment has a clear title."Any contracts or paperwork not in English should be professionally translated in order [for you to] fully understand what you are committing to and what you are purchasing," Ms de Feliz urged, as this could help avert disaster in future if a badly interpreted legal document misleads an individual.She noted that carrying out a survey before buying a property is important, even if it is not a requirement. Also, asking the neighbours to see if there are any particular issues about the development they would not otherwise be aware of.Finally, Ms de Feliz recommended checking with local banks how the money will be transferred, because knowing of any special restrictions or time limits in advance will make the transaction run more smoothly as moving day approaches.