Founded by Linda Mahoney in 1986, Better Homes expanded throughout the GCC to become the UAE’s leading real estate company.
Having started in residential leasing, it soon branched into residential and commercial sales, leasing, property management and short-term rentals. Her son Ryan is now CEO, Mahoney remains actively involved to ensure that her original mandate is embodied at all levels.
Mahoney grew up in Montreal, Canada, and originally trained as a nurse. In 1981, she moved to the UAE to set up a surgical clinic.
Seeing the need for a property agency to help expats in Dubai find places to live, she left medicine behind after 25 years and in 1986, she set up Better Homes.
The company has gone on to become one of the leading real estate agency in the UAE with over 400 staff.
“Linda Mahoney began Better Homes from a temporary desk in the corner of a dining room and was one of just a handful of agents in town. Since then, we’ve seen it all. Because before the Burj Khalifa, before the Burj Al Arab and before the Marina, there was Better Homes,” the company says on its official LinkedIn account.
“I think it’s quite easy to start a company, but sustaining it is what’s so difficult,” she told Arabian Business in June this year.
“I think that over these last 30 years it hasn’t been an easy thing to do. The only way you can is with a great team, and I think that’s what we have,” she added.