Villas fall by 45%

Dubai house prices hit by credit crunch.

Villa prices at Jumeirah Park and Jumeirah Islands, Nakheel’s exclusive residential developments in Dubai, have plunged up to 45 percent in the last four months, according to reports.

Brokers across the UAE said speculators were desperately scrambling to off-load property before prices fell further. Imran Aslam, agent at Dubai-based property broker AAA said completed three to four bedroom villas on Jumeirah Islands were now on the market for as low as Dhs 6 million, down from Dhs10.5 million four months ago.

“It’s a big difference now. Investors are quickly reducing prices. They are also finding they have got too many [properties], so they want to sell. At the moment there is no stable price in the market.” Aslam said off-plan villas at Jumeirah Park, a 350 hectare planned residential community due for completion in the next few months, have fallen in price by 40%.

Distressed investors are fleeing Dubai’s once red hot real estate market as the global credit crunch hits demand, sending values tumbling. Lack of mortgage availability exacerbated by a regional liquidity squeeze is also hampering would be buyers, agents said.

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