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Concepi 12th November 2011 02:21 PM

Hi guys,
Am reading about the "district cooling scheme" and understand that if an area is located within such a DC district, one has to pay this charge independent of the actual aircon usage. Can someone pls give me a ballpark figure on how much this fee amonts to? I have been reading of 6,000/year in the palm, is that a good average?

Fletch1969 12th November 2011 08:34 PM

Great thread for anyone looking to rent in Dubai - not there yet myself, and looking for some advice..

Considering a role in the Knowledge Village - expecting that I will be mobile so not based in that office all the time, but I would prefer to have a commute of less than 30 minutes if possible.

No agreed contract yet, so I'm not sure how much cash I will have to rent - what % of salary would be sensible to allow for rental? There may of course be an allowance for this from the firm - not sure if that's added on top of basic salary or will all be rolled into the salary figure.

I'm thinking of a two double bed apartment - ideally I'd use the second room as an office/occasional guest room. Parking I guess would be good, (not sure how else I would get to the office) and although I know it's not going to be usable all year, a balcony would be really good.

I've seen a few places on dubizzle and propertyfinder that look good, but I need to narrow down an area/complex really. A couple of bars/restaurants in walking distance would be good. I'm early 40s, with a partner, (she probably won't be with me initially) and I'd like a bit of life to the area, but not party central.

The marina area looks good, but open to ideas..

Last question - furnished or not? Obviously got a lot of my own stuff here in the UK. I assume that I'll rent furnished, but interested to know pros and cons that might be specific to Dubai..

Thanks.

Dubvik 16th November 2011 07:57 PM

Update on Silverene
 
Hi all,

Anyone heard anything about living in Silverene? My agent of course tells me its "perfect", however it would be nice to know the word on the street about any "new-building" issues etc..

Apparently it is filling up quite rapidly. I went to have a look and the finish inside of the apartments is the nicest one I have seen so far.. But I guess I should not judge the book by its cover as they say. Gym still not open and the agent said it would be at least two more months..


Who is this Cayan developer by the way? Never heard of them. Do they have any other towers that have been up and running for a while?

Any input is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Gavtek 17th November 2011 04:08 AM

Cayan seems to be a good developer, the Infinity Tower looks like it will be fantastic.

I went to view a 3 bedroom apartment at Silverene last week. The finishing was pretty good but the layout was a bit frustrating, no way I would have been able to get all my furniture in.

When I was there, they said they hadn't started "building" the gym yet, but I don't know if that means physically building something or refurbishing something that has already been built. I was told at least 4 months though.

The thing that put me off most, however, is that the swimming pool is only a metre deep in the deep end, despite there being several other small shallow pools for lounging in. You'd struggle to have a proper swim in that.

Bigjimbo 17th November 2011 04:23 AM

You can rely on the gym to be a minimum of 6 months at least. Personally I would not move into a new building, for a few reasons. The main one is that the prices ALWAYS come down in the months following a new building release. As an agent I very rarely work on brand new towers as the owners expectations are understandably high, and it takes a while to calm down. The other very important reason is that nearly everything that will go wrong does so in the first year, like swimming pool problems, fire alarms going off at 3 am, all sorts of problems really.

Kawasutra 17th November 2011 06:52 AM

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Originally Posted by Bigjimbo (Post 650498)
You can rely on the gym to be a minimum of 6 months at least. Personally I would not move into a new building, for a few reasons. The main one is that the prices ALWAYS come down in the months following a new building release. As an agent I very rarely work on brand new towers as the owners expectations are understandably high, and it takes a while to calm down. The other very important reason is that nearly everything that will go wrong does so in the first year, like swimming pool problems, fire alarms going off at 3 am, all sorts of problems really.

You forgot to mention the stuck elevator in the middle of the night...;)

Bigjimbo 17th November 2011 08:05 AM

lots of good reasons to never do this!

VitaEsMorte 18th November 2011 05:55 PM

Hi guys

Does anyone know about flat interest rate mortgages in Dubai? I think flat rates are a little bit different than I think (like a base rate plus floating margin) but I wonder if any banks or financial institutions apply flat rates for the whole maturity of the mortgage?

Bigjimbo 20th November 2011 04:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by VitaEsMorte (Post 651761)
Hi guys

Does anyone know about flat interest rate mortgages in Dubai? I think flat rates are a little bit different than I think (like a base rate plus floating margin) but I wonder if any banks or financial institutions apply flat rates for the whole maturity of the mortgage?

Its around 6% I think.

Niaari 24th November 2011 08:43 AM

Maintainence
 
Great info here!

We are looking at moving to Dubai next month. Can somebody please help me redarding maintainence costs in Dubai? I read about District Cooling from TallyHo's fabulous post. Which areas have District cooling in Dubai? Also will be grateful if someone could tell me what kind of maintainence costs can I expect in Mirdiff/Greens 2-3 bed villas? Will it be substantially different from an apartment maintainence? We have to look at residential properties probably around mid December. Just want to have some sort of background info to work with. Thank you so much for your help!!

Thanks and regards


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