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wazza2222 30th October 2011 04:27 AM

Interesting!
 
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Originally Posted by confused.dom (Post 604845)
Great posting Jimbo.
Just a quick write up of my first dealings in the Dubai rental market.
On thursday agreed a rental deal with agent (sole agent with keys) ,landlord accepted.Went through contracts over weekend and with help from your posting all seemed to make sense.
Ready to sign on dotted line and just been told by agent that another agent has promised to get a greater rent(50% more!!) ,so i've been sent to the sidelines.
Strange as i was the first to see it an offered full rental amount asked for.Perhaps i should have haggled and got it cheaper!.
Never mind back to dubizzle etc and sift through the duplicated listings ,i suppose until contracts are signed there are no ways to secure a property.
That aside not the sort of landlord i want to get tied to for my first year in Dubai.

I am about to follow in your footsteps and I wonder if you were asked to put down a deposit to secure the flat until the contract can be finalised? I have been asked for a refundable 5K cheque that will serve as the security deposit at such time as the contract is signed... In theory, I should not be gazumped after paying this?

Bigjimbo 30th October 2011 05:31 AM

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Originally Posted by wazza2222 (Post 637278)
I am about to follow in your footsteps and I wonder if you were asked to put down a deposit to secure the flat until the contract can be finalised? I have been asked for a refundable 5K cheque that will serve as the security deposit at such time as the contract is signed... In theory, I should not be gazumped after paying this?

No you can still be gazumped. the deposit is to show your intent and that you are serious. Until the contracts are signed by both parties a deal is not finished. The paperwork is the most important aspect of the deal.

Canuck_Sens 30th October 2011 08:11 AM

Hi

I wanted to know which the best towers are in the Marina are that have easy access to Sheikh Zayed road. If anyone could help that would be great.

Thanks!

IK5 30th October 2011 10:20 AM

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Originally Posted by SebInDubai (Post 635136)
Hello everyone,

I am currently working in Dubai and have been living in short term accommodation for a while. I am now looking at renting something for long term.

I have looked at studios and one bedroom flats but for my budget (40-45,000 AED/year) most of them are located in JLT, Business Bay or TECOM, which are areas I want to avoid.

I am now looking for expats who would like to share a 2 or 3 bedroom flat in areas such as Sheikh Zayed Rd, DIFC, Dowtown Dubai, Jumeirah, the Greens, the Links, etc. This would definitely allow to rent a comfortable flat in a nice area!.

I also think it would provide a good balance between some activity (a shared apt is always more lively!) and privacy.

What do you guys think? Is anyone interested?

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Best,

Seb

Seb, i am interested to share 2 bed room apartment (i need 1) if its located on Sheikh Zayed road.

Bigjimbo 30th October 2011 10:40 AM

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Originally Posted by Canuck_Sens (Post 637366)
Hi

I wanted to know which the best towers are in the Marina are that have easy access to Sheikh Zayed road. If anyone could help that would be great.

Thanks!

Generally speaking Emaar towers are considered the best. The original 6, the Promenade, Marina Quays, park Place are all good. Anything by Cayan is also ok. Trident is good, and be wary of everything else!

Beate 31st October 2011 07:16 PM

Thank you Bigjimbo for a great source of information which will benefit a lot of folks!

I live in a shared villa which works out very well since it located in an area which is super quiet fairly close to the Business Bay metro station, in a 'village' of mainly local people. My only concern is the relative proximity the national cement factory. I have reluctantly thought about packing up my gunny bags and finding another villa somewhere equally quiet. Have you any thoughts on where else in Dubai one could find similar accommodation?
Thank you.

Bigjimbo 1st November 2011 05:30 AM

If it was me looking for a shared villa then I would go for the Umm Sequiem and Jumeirah areas. I would also consider al Barsha, but you can afford to be choosy.

Beate 1st November 2011 08:25 AM

One more thing Bigjimbo, where is the best place to look so as to and find shared accommodation in a villa in the areas you mention...?
Thanks again!

Bigjimbo 1st November 2011 09:58 AM

I would check Dubizzle. I don't think other portals contain that field.

Also have a look on message boards in supermarkets in those areas. Spinneys and Choitrams have quite active message boards.

James

FItOutGuy 1st November 2011 07:36 PM

Any wise opinions on Dubailand and Layan Community in particular?


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