Abu Dhabi residential rental rates dropped by as much as 15 percent in the second quarter of 2012, as new supply flooded into the market, according to a report published by the Asteco real estate consultancy firm on Wednesday.
“A total of 7,400 apartments and 1,675 villas were added to the city’s rapidly expanding real estate sector in the first half of the year, triggering a wave of internal movement as existing residents sought to upgrade to better quality and value for money accommodation,” said Elaine Jones, CEO, Asteco Property Management.
As a result of the increased supply, quarter-on-quarter rental rates have slumped. The biggest drop was in Marina Square, which fell by 15 percent, followed by apartment units in Mussafah and villas in Sas Al Nakhl, which both dropped by 14 percent.
An additional 7,000 apartment units and 4,560 villas are due to come on stream in the second half of 2012, which will put further pressure on landlords and rental levels
In the sales market, apartments in Shams Abu Dhabi, Marina Square and Raha Beach proved the most in demand, but the growing supply meant property prices slumped in the second half of 2012.
Most areas in Shams Abu Dhabi, Al Raha Beach and Marina Square saw prices decline by around four percent, averaging AED10,600 per square metre.
“Investors have started to re-enter the market since rental return prospects have started to improve due to price reductions and more affordable mortgage options," said Jones.
"But, sales prices are still depressed overall due to the amount of available supply and the number of distressed sellers still in the market. Increased transaction activity will continue in H2 2012 as more projects are handed over,” she added.