The idea of achieving financial freedom and not having to blow off a good portion of your hard-earned salary on rent will always be an alluring one. Evidently, more and more people are choosing to follow this path in the UAE, as we witness a rising trend in property purchases, among residents in their 20s, 30s, and 40s, with even newly launched projects being sold out in days.

No doubt, as word-of-mouth spreads that the UAE property market is ripe for investment for the salaried class, so does the eagerness to hop on this trend and reap its benefits. However, as easy as it is to get swept up in this investment-fever, it must be noted that a good amount of research and knowledge must be put in to ensure that your investment brings you the benefits you have heard of.

Developers have noted this increased demand for supply, and, as a result, we are seeing a number of massive residential projects launching in the Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah real estate markets. With so many options to choose from, it can be overwhelming to decide on where your investment should go. It is, therefore, important to take a step back, take a deep breath, and realize what your end goal is when investing in property, as these end goals should be one of the primary factors to take into consideration. Are you looking to immediately move into the property that you are purchasing? Are you looking to sell this property soon after its surrounding area has developed? Are you looking to become a landlord and rent out the property you have purchased? All of these questions and more need to be answered on your road to property investment.

Investing in property, whether it is in the form of one large payment, or in a series of installments that can be equal to the amount of rent you are paying right now, can become a stress-inducing process. In my book, Landlording: From Renting to Financial Freedom, I delve into the specifics of such thought processes and explain how to get from one step to the next so that the property you invest in aligns with your goals and will ultimately be a stress-free and profit-generating endeavor.

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Cryptocurrency Can Buy You Real Estate

A growing number of reputable developers in Dubai have started to accept cryptocurrency as payment. Let’s explore why this is and what it means for the Dubai real estate landscape.

By now the majority of you will have heard the term ‘cryptocurrency’ and have some knowledge as to what it is. Essentially, it is a form of digital, decentralized currency that has been around since 2009. Interest in this currency has peaked and dipped in various degrees since its inception. But, lately, more and more of the general public have started to see the potentials of investing in cryptocurrency. This rising interest, along with the advances in technology that have accelerated the process of ‘mining’ crypto, have somewhat pushed the currency into the mainstream. Subsequently, the facilitation of more official, large transactions, such as purchasing property, is something that has been growing in recent years.

Recent events and market analysis show that the UAE is determined to develop the crypto industry and is heading towards becoming a crypto hub. This fact can be observed by noting that major crypto exchanges such as, ByBit, Binance, and Kraken have been granted licenses by the Virtual Assets Regulatory Authorities (VARA) to operate in Dubai and Abu Dhabi free zones.

With major exchanges available in the UAE, purchasing real estate with crypto has become much easier, and as a result, the real estate industry is exposed to an even greater audience, both foreign and local. This incentivizes major developers in the country to get on board with the shift, further fueling the growth of both industries. As of now, Ethereum and Bitcoin are the two cryptocurrencies accepted by UAE developers.

There are pros and cons for using each of the abovementioned cryptocurrencies, but, more than anything, most investors are greatly drawn to the idea of trading a volatile currency such as crypto that is constantly changing in value, for a much more stable investment such as real estate.

Crypto trading has been going on for a while in the US and Europe, and it can be predicted that, as a result, those around the globe with a ready crypto wallet will be drawn to invest in the UAE real estate industry. As the process is streamlined and sped up, easy, upfront purchases of properties with no mortgage can be completed within days.

It is true that there are still many who are unfamiliar with the digital currency and that, as of now, there are still limited options in terms of crypto exchanges and currencies available in the UAE, but with the growth of this industry we are sure to see a parallel growth in the UAE’s real estate industry.