BEST Cash on Cash Returns in Dubai Marina

Apartment for Sale in Dubai Marina Pricing Guide by Brick Angel

Some property investors evaluate properties based on rental yields. That’s the return on investment (ROI) based on the property’s value. 

Yet, real estate can be leveraged. That’s one of the powers of real estate investment.

(Leverage is when an investor buys a property that’s valued at more than he or she actually invested in it. A property loan is one of the many options to do just that)

That’s why professional investors look for the returns they made on the cash they actually invested. Not on the value of the investment. That’s called Cash-on-Cash-Returns. It is shown as a percentage. 

Obviously the higher it is the better the investment. Generally speaking, 8% - 10% is considered a good cash-on-cash return. In a good market. Less than that is acceptable in a down market. 

Obviously, 15% or more is better. When the city/neighborhood has these kinds of properties. Now, let’s look at the BEST Cash on Cash returns in Dubai Marina.

Top 10 Best Cash on Cash Returns in Dubai Marina by Brick Angel
  • Most units in the list have premium waterfront or water view locations
  • At this time, affordable properties enjoy the best cash-on-cash return

The most expensive unit on the list is the Studio flat in Marina Gate costing INR 2.8 cr (AED 1.5mil, EUR 336k). While the least expensive unit is a Studio in Marina Pearl costing as little as INR 81 lakh (AED 400k, EUR 96k).

Most importantly the NET cash-on-cash returns range between 6.16% for a 2-bedroom apartment in MAG 218 and 4.23% for the seafront Studio in Royal Oceanic. That’s after all expenses are paid. At this time, that’s better than bonds, savings, and most mutual funds / ETF.

But, out of all the properties, Zumurud Tower isn’t special at all. It earns a red signal. This means that reviews, location, views, and/or maintenance are bad. Not worthy of your investment. Even if the property is profitable and has a decent cash-on-cash return.

That’s because returns are only possible when tenants select the property. Which is harder when the property itself is not desirable.

Finally, the units in MAG 218, Studio One, and Marina Gate are safe to own. They earn a green signal because they are profitable even in a bad market. When rents drop and tenants flee to good locations and desirable properties.

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Our number one job is to help property buyers and property investors find profitable and safe properties in desirable locations. 

That’s why we work really, really, REALLY hard on our algorithm to make sure it is as accurate as possible. But. .. it’s really hard to overcome all kinds of human mistakes, misbehavior, and mindsets.

Since all tables depend on the latest listings the algorithm has to overcome many honest mistakes in how agents, developers, and owners input their property’s information. That’s easy to spot. 

But then there are cheeky behaviors like listings with prices full of 999 or 888. 

And then there’s the outright lies and frauds. Where properties are falsely priced below the market rate to attract inquiries. That’s called bait and switch. Or listings with significantly wrong sizes. And so on.

That’s harder to spot. But it affects the overall data. Therefore, we take no liability for the recommendations we offer. In fact, we STRONGLY RECOMMEND that you speak to an experienced community expert property advisor. And we STRONGLY RECOMMEND that you do your own calculations.

We believe our work is vital to guide property investors in the right direction. And to avoid most of the traps many property buyers fall into. But you also need common sense and prudence.  Use our data to find the direction and then get help from experts and to make sure all the numbers make sense.

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