The whole process of buying, renting, leasing, or selling a property can be an intimidating and stressful experience. That’s why finding a reliable real estate agent who can guide you through the ins and outs of the market is an excellent advantage.
Fortunately, there are a lot of real estate professionals in the city. To help you start, we’ve rounded up some of the best real estate agents in Dubai.
How much do real estate agents in Dubai charge?
Bear in mind that the real estate agents in Dubai charge differently from agents in other countries. You see, Dubai’s Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) has not provided any fixed percentage of commission for real estate agents or firms.
However, the standard commission rate in the city can range around 2% or higher of the total amount paid by the buyer or 5% of the total rental amount paid by the tenant in a year. For you to understand it better, we created a table below.
|Purchased/Rent Amount||Agent Commission Rate||Total Amount Paid to Real Estate Agent|
|50,000 AED (Annual Rent)||5%||2500 AED|
|5,000,000 AED (Purchased Price)||2%||100,000 AED|
Take into account that these are just the usual costs, so the total amount you’ll have to pay for the services can still depend on the actual transaction, VAT, and of course, your chosen real estate agent.
The Best Real Estate Agencies in Dubai
We compared and evaluated each real estate agency based on these factors:
1. haus & haus
|SERVICES||Real Estate Sales|
Real Estate Leasing
Rental Yield Calculator
Off Plan & Investments
|ADDRESS||Office 01, Building No 7, Gold & Diamond Park - Sheikh Zayed Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+971 4 302 5800|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday - Friday 9 AM - 6 PM|
The professionals of haus & haus Dubai are in one of the most easily recognized real estate teams in Dubai. In fact, their company won the Bayut | Dubizzle’s Agency of the Year award in 2020, which means that they bested over 17,000 brokers in the city.
We think one of the main reasons many clients continue to recommend their company is that they offer various services. This is also an advantage on their part since many homeowners and homebuyers nowadays want more options presented to them.
In addition to that, since haus & haus designates a team of specialists for each service, it also means that they can cater to a wider range of clients such as tenants, vendors, landlords, sellers, and homeowners.
For example, if you plan to put your home up for sale, they will offer you a free property valuation. If you opt for a virtual visit, they can offer an approximate price for your home.
Alternatively, if you prefer to get an accurate price for your property, you can also schedule a home visit. Note that their real estate agency fee is 2% of the purchase fee with 5% VAT.
As you can see above, they handle a range of real estate services, including sales, leasing, short-term rentals, property management as well as commercial and investment properties.
The company’s real estate team is also composed of brokers and agents who are Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA) certified and qualified.
Furthermore, haus & haus’s founding directors, Simon Baker, Luker Remington, and James Perry, have been in the real estate industry for over 30 years. That’s why if you’re looking for a real estate team that has long been in the field, you can consider checking them out.
Another thing we like about this real estate agency is that it has been one of the official sponsors of Tri Dubai since 2015. Should this not be enough, this firm also supports Shamida, an Ethiopian care center that fosters orphans, street children, and poverty-stricken kids who live with their families.
All told, haus & haus can be an easy pick even for new homeowners. The only problem we see is that there have been some complaints about the other fees they impose, such as land department fee, trustee office fee, mortgage registration fee, and conveyancing fee.
Professional, patient and always happy to help
“This has been the first time I’ve dealt with an agency and felt they had my interests at heart. I dealt with Daniel Craig and even after we had signed our lease he went above and beyond in assisting with anything we needed resolved with the Landlord. He has been helpful, professional, patient and always happy to help . We feel we have built a relationship of trust here, we will definitely be using their services for future business expansion opportunities.” – Emily Hanna
Amiable, responsive and very understanding
“Had a great realtor experience with Niamh from Haus & Haus. She was amiable, responsive and very understanding of our situation, and did her best to get us the best solution possible in the quickest turnaround time.” – Muf Goulamhoussen
2. Allsop & Allsop
|SERVICES||Residential/Commercial Property Search|
Real Estate Sales
Real Estate Rentals
Short Term Property Search
|ADDRESS||Vision Tower - 26th Floor - Business Bay - Dubai - United Arab Emirates|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+971 4 429 4444|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday - Friday 8:45 AM - 5 PM|
Allsopp & Allsopp was founded in 2018 by Lewis Allsopp and Carl Allsopp. Their goal is to bring British real estate agency services to the Dubai market.
For this reason, in 2009, they became a member of the National Association of Realtors and became the first ISO-certified real estate agency in Dubai. Now, the company has over 200 people on its branches across Dubai and England.
Allsopp & Allsopp’s commission rate is at 2%. Just note that the overall costs for their services can vary based on several factors.
For example, if you plan to sell your property with the help of one of their real estate agents, you’ll also have to pay 7,500 AED for the sales progression fee.
What made them different from other entries on this list is that they have a short video presentation on each part of their website. We think this is a good strategy since some people may prefer to just watch the content rather than read lengthy paragraphs.
They’ve also received various awards throughout the years. To name a few, here are some of the awards they’ve received:
- Most Leads Generated by Property Finder (2020)
- Top Service Standard by Dubizzle (2019)
- Best Brokerage by Property Finder (2018)
- Best Real Estate Agency in Dubai & Arabia, and six other awards at the International Property Awards (2014)
- Best Real Estate Agency in Dubai & Arabia, and five other awards at the International Property Awards (2013)
As you can see, Allsopp & Allsopp have established a good reputation in the industry. However, we noticed a few complaints from customers who experienced inconsistency in communication and follow-ups from some of their agents.
He sold our house quickly at the price we wanted
“Steve McDowell is the most patient agent I’ve ever met! We have been working with him for well over a year due to our complicated situation of trying to both buy and sell as end users (chains not too easy in Dubai!) and he happily showed us property after property, took breaks for a few months here and there and still kept in touch. Eventually we found the property for us and he sold our house quickly at the price we wanted with minimal viewings. Highly recommend!” – Kerry Wheldon
Literally helps me from A-Z.
“Jo is amazing. He is very sincere and helpful. I have nothing to worry about when I leave it to him. I’m very lucky to know him. He is very professional and at them same time be very friendly, eager to help and always stay beside me. He literally helps me from A-Z. Buying a property is a hassle thing but he makes it easy. Keep it Up Jo.” – Surayuth Piriyawong
3. Azco Real Estate Brokers
|SERVICES||Real Estate Sales|
Real Estate Rentals
Off Plan Property Management
|ADDRESS||Prime Business Centre - 502B, JVC - Dubai - United Arab Emirates|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+971 4 558 7741|
|OPERATING HOURS||Saturday - Wednesday 9:30 AM - 7 PM|
Thursday 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Next on our list is Azco Real Estate Brokers. Khurram Farooq established this real estate agency in 2007, and now it has over 90 real estate brokers and consultants in its team.
It’s a huge plus for us that their team has proven experience and track record in providing buying, selling, renting, and in-house mortgage services across the UAE.
With their extensive team, we think that they can efficiently cater to the client’s requirements.
Moreover, we love that they are affiliated with various property developers in the city. Sobha Realty, Emaar, Nakheel, Damac, and Danube Properties are some of their partners.
This just means that they can offer a wide range of options for people who are on the lookout for a new home or property. Whether you plan to buy a luxurious villa or want to sell a commercial or retail property, we think that Azco Real Estate brokers can offer you a fair deal.
Their commission rate is also 2% of the purchase price. We think this is already an excellent deal considering the marketing channels they’ll use to market your property:
- Professional photography
- 360-degree video
- Complete home walkthrough virtual video
- Listing on Azco website
- Listing on major local property portals (Bayut, PropertyFinder, etc.)
- Press advertisements and brochures
On top of that, perhaps their biggest achievement so far is the Best Brokerage Firm Award from the Dubai Land Department (DLD) and Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA).
The only downside we can find with Azco Real Estate Brokers is that most properties on their listings are luxury apartments, townhouses, villas, and warehouses. That’s why if you’re leaning into more affordable options, they might not be the best pick for you.
Meets all my expectations
“I have an experience with Hassan Khalid . A very helpful agent with the big list of an apartments. He found me an apartment which meets all my expectations, he was very responsive on WhatsApp and over the phone, got a good deal for me ,made a contract very fast. Highly recommended!” – Alla Braginskaya
“It was a great experience dealing with Azco Real Estate Brokers. Mr. Shezam, point of contact, was extremely professional throughout the dealing and demonstrated a very good knowledge. He was available throughout and answered all our queries patiently. Superb customer dealing throughout by him and we are very pleased with his guidance and help.” – Sarim Iqbal
|SERVICES||Real Estate Sales|
Real Estate Rentals
Short Term Rentals
Commercial Real Estate
Off Plan Mortgage
|ADDRESS||Vision Tower - 42nd - Business Bay - Dubai - United Arab Emirates|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+971 600 52 2233|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday - Friday 8 AM - 8 PM|
Saturday -Sunday 10 AM - 4 PM
Linda Mahoney established Betterhomes in 1986. If you’re on the lookout for a real estate agency firm with an extensive property portfolio and an active database of clients, this company can be one of your best picks.
It all started with a one-woman team. Now it has over 500 people and 150 real estate agents across its branches and offices in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and other areas around the GCC region.
The first good point we want to note about this firm is that they really invest in their real estate agents. They established a training academy in 2020 to ensure that their new agents undergo a detailed training course before being sent out on the field.
Aside from residential leasing, Betterhomes also offers assistance in residential sales, leasing division, commercial sales, short-term rentals, and property management. This just shows how comprehensive their real estate service and solutions are.
In addition to all their service offerings, they also have various awards on their belt. Here are some of their achievements:
- Most Leads generated Winner by Property Finder (2021)
- Best Reals Estate Agency in Dubai, Bayut Your Home, Your Choice Award by Bayut (2021)
- Gold Status Award by DLD’s Highest Accolade, RERA (2020)
- Best Brokerage by Property Finder (2019)
- Top Lead Generator for Rentals, Sales, and Overall by Dubizzle Awards ( 2018
Another advantage they have is that, like our previous entry, they also have a complaint & suggestion section on their website. You just have to accomplish and submit the form, and they will create an investigation team to handle your complaint.
Among other things, we think that this team’s best assets are its years in service and easy-to-navigate property listings on their website.
Nevertheless, we should note that we got a few negative notes from previous clients who took a while to get their security deposits back from them.
5. Metropolitan Premium Properties
Short Term Rentals
Property Handover Services
|ADDRESS||Office 1913, Al Manara Tower - Business Bay - Dubai - United Arab Emirates|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+971 54 321 9259|
+971 4 360 5561
|OPERATING HOURS||Sunday - Thursday 9 AM - 6 PM|
Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM
The Metropolitan Group was founded in 2008, and it has three full-service real estate agencies under its wing. Its branch in Dubai is the Metropolitan Premium Properties.
Metropolitan Capital Real Estate LLC is in Abu Dhabi, while Luxury Immobilien GmbH is in Vienna. Besides that, they also have two supporting companies, the Metropolitan Consulting FZE and Benchmark Brokers.
All this shows how vast the company’s reach is in the region. The Metropolitan Group is also connected to various property developers such as DAMAC, Meraas, ALDAR, Emaar, and others, so you can have a wide range of choices.
When you visit their website, you just have to go to the buy section, and you’ll be redirected to a page with featured listings. They mostly offer luxury apartments, townhouses, and villas… which can be a disadvantage for some, especially for people looking for a budget-friendly property.
Keep in mind that if you buy a property with the help of their real estate agent, the commission rate can range from 2% to 5% (plus VAT) of the purchase price.
On the other hand, if you purchase off-plan property, you’ll have to pay a booking deposit that’s ranging around 5,000 AED to 37,000 AED.
Although these fees can be a bit on the high side compared to other entries on this list, many clients recommend them, so we think their services are still worth considering.
No false promises, no changing of stories
“Recently concluded my property sale with the help of Mr. Dalton. A thorough professional with good knowledge of the property market in Dubai. He guided and advised so well that the transaction went through smoothly. No false promises, no changing of stories to suit the circumstances, no changing of the goal post. He never created false expectations. Felt at ease to deal with him and I would highly recommend dealing with him. I did not have to move a muscle. He dealt with all matters swiftly and decisively.” – Vishvanath Krishnan
Highly knowledgeable ,trustworthy and professional
“I have recently sold a property with Metropolitan premium property.It was a pleasure to deal with Ziedune . She answered all my questions and she was very patient with me as I was very unsure selling the property and not been present in the country. She was highly knowledgeable ,trustworthy and professional. helped me through every step of the way. Can’t recommend her enough. Thank you Ziedune. You are truly a star.” – Toufik Boughlem
How to find the right real estate agent?
Finding the right real estate agent who can help you make smart decisions and avoid costly mistakes can be the best decision you need to make before buying or selling a property.
However, since there are many professionals in this field, picking the right one can be an overwhelming process.
If you need some tips, delve into the factors to look out for when choosing a real estate agent.
- Experience and Knowledge
Finding a real estate agent with relevant experience and knowledge of the local market is vital to ensure that you’ll get a good deal and avoid overpaying. You can look into the agent’s and his/her brokerage firm’s years of experience in the industry.
Along with that, you can also check out how many homebuyers or homeowners they have dealt with during those years.
Note that real estate agents can specialize in different transactions, so it would be best to state what you really need before hiring one. For example, if you plan to purchase a property, you can look for a buyer’s agent, while a listing agent is more suitable for people wanting to sell their home.
- Effective Communicator
A professional real estate agent knows how to communicate with their client effectively.
Since not all people are savvy about the real estate world, it’s important to find a professional who can regularly update you about any developments or arising issues you may encounter on the property you’re planning to buy or sell.
On top of that, the agent should also be a good listener to ensure that he/she can understand your specific requirements and preferences.
If you think the real estate agent you’re dealing with is hardly taking the time to listen to your specifications and pushes you to his/her suggestions, it might be best to consider other options.
- Favorable Terms and Contract
When picking a real estate agent, you also have to check the contract you’ll be signing. See to it that you find an agent that can offer you a reasonable contract length (90 days to 180 or less).
Although various factors affect the fees they impose, it would be better if you could negotiate the rate down. Many agents will be amenable to fee reductions, especially if the property can command a high sale price.
- Client Reviews
A credible real estate agent will have good reviews from his/her previous client because their reputation is actually built on the foundation of trust. Look for an agent who can show you a proven track record of the clients he/she has helped.