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Big And Small Home Improvements That Pay Off In Dubai

These top tips from The Big Fitout will save you time and money on your bathroom renovation in Dubai


If you’re considering renovations for your Dubai home, you’ll want to invest in updates that will pay off now and in the future when you’re ready to sell your house.

Depending on how much money you have to spend, you can choose to do extensive renovations, small updates, or a combination of both.

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Before you dive head-first into an endless home-improvement project, have a look at these top tips from The Big Fitout, a Dubai-based, British, design-and-build fitout company. The Big Fitout specialises in bathroom and kitchen renovations, and has an amazing portfolio of work on residential villas (as the pictures here show). As a result, the team really know their stuff, so it’s worth taking their advice on board before jumping in at the deep end.


Let’s get to it.


Big home improvements that are worth the investment

Add a bathroom: If possible, invest in a small bathroom addition in your home. This upgrade will always pay off. You’ll have less arguing within your family over bathroom time with an additional room. Also, the more bathrooms you have, the easier it is when guests visit. When you sell your home, an unexpected extra bath will thrill homebuyers and put your house at the top of their list.

Add a wooden deck: Most people love a fabulous outside living space. Building a wooden deck onto the back of your house will give you a great area outdoors where you can spend time. The addition will provide a fantastic entertainment space during warm seasons, a place to relax and get away, and it will also add a grand aesthetic appeal to your home. You’ll increase your and your family’s enjoyment while also increasing the value of your property.

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Small home improvements that are worth the investment


Frameless shower: Nothing makes a bathroom look clean, modern, and open more than a frameless shower. If you do nothing else in your bathroom, this upgrade will pay off for you in the future. A significant amount of the day for most people involves spending time in the bathroom. Having a chic-looking bathing area will make you feel less stressed and more at ease in your space. When you sell your home, you also won’t have to worry about what type of frame finish and style a buyer might want. Without a frame, this kind of shower will appeal to everyone.

Organise closets and cabinets: Organisation is the key to keeping any home looking neat and clean. When you have organisation systems installed in your closets and some of your cabinets, you can find things a lot easier. Your items also appear tidy and fresh at all times. You can store more stuff in the same space when you have a built-in system in place. Homebuyers will marvel at any closet that contains an organization unit for clothing. Cabinet organisation in the kitchen is also a high priority for many, so it’s worth the investment to add these systems to your home.

Replace doors: The two most essential doors in your home are your front door and your garage door. These doors add to the curb appeal of your house. They also provide security for you and your family. So you want the front door and the garage door to look new and stylish while also being strong and durable. When you sell your home, homebuyers will immediately appreciate the updated entries and will feel confident about how well you’ve kept up your property.

Making smart and cost-effective improvements to your home is an essential step for any homeowner. Renovations and updates, once complete, make your property a better and more valuable place to live for you and also for anyone who might purchase your house in the future.


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Phase 4 Of Nasma Residences Goes On Sale This Week

Phase 4 of Arada’s Nasma Residences in Sharjah goes on sale this Saturday, June 23.

More than 300 units comprising two- and three-bedroom townhouses will be on offer at an event at the Ritz-Carlton, DIFC between 4pm and 10pm. A small number of four- and five-bedroom ‘Signature Villas’ are also up for grabs.

“With only one more phase to come before Arada’s first project, Nasma Residences, is completely sold out, we are expecting a significant response from investors and end users,” said HE Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of ARADA.

“The Bareem Townhouses at Nasma Residences are an excellent addition to the homes on offer at this well-designed community; they have been created with owners’ interests at heart, and we look forward to delivering them towards the end of next year.”

Prices of these new units start at 899,000. The developer is sweetening the deal with an offer of no service fees for life and 60% payment on completion. Handover of Phase 4 is pencilled in for the end of 2019.

Elsewhere on the project, Phase 1 is reported to be 35% complete and on track to be delivered by the end of this year. Mobilisation on Phase 2 took place earlier this year and the main contract for Phase 3 construction is expected to be awarded in July.

Work on the community’s 6,500-square-foot shopping centre has reached ground floor level and is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

Nasma Residences is located at the intersection of Emirates Road (E611) and Maliha Road, around 15 minutes drive from Sharjah International Airport and Sharjah University City. The development will eventually cover 5 million square feet and include more than 800 homes, a community centre called Nasma Square, parks and a GEMS international school.

The whole project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019.

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New Sales Agent For The Banyan Tree Residences Hillside Dubai

If you want to get involved with the upcoming Banyan Tree Residences Hillside Dubai, the developer has just announced the lead sales agent for the project.

Sweid & Sweid, the boutique real estate company taking the lead on the new Banyan Tree development, has announced that Core Savills will be the lead sales agent for it.

The project will fall under the Banyan Tree Residences collection, and it’ll be that collection’s first project in the Middle East. The 32-storey, single-tower development includes one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom apartments, duplex apartments with private outdoor gardens, and three full-floor penthouses crowning the building with large terraces featuring cantilevered swimming pools with views over the Emirates Golf Course and the Arabian Gulf.

Residents will be able to enjoy the peace and tranquillity associated with the Banyan Tree brand thanks to extensive green spaces and lush landscaping within the 110,000-square foot gated community. A resident-only clubhouse and spa will feature an authentic Banyan Tree experience, staffed by Banyan Tree therapists, while those looking to get active will have the use of a state-of- the-art fitness centre. Saunas, a squash court, and an expansive indoor children’s play area will also be available.

Outdoor amenities include a 31-metre resort-style swimming pool, children’s pool and play area and a poolside café. A Director of Residences will ensure residents and their guests receive the high standard of service and experience Banyan Tree has earned a reputation for around the world.

“This is a Middle East first for Banyan Tree Residences and an iconic addition to Dubai’s skyline. Core Savills has an excellent reputation in the region, with a proven track record of success in Dubai, the UAE and globally. It is a pleasure to be working with the Banyan Tree Residences and Core Savills teams to bring a unique residential offering to the Dubai market,” said Maher Sweid, Managing Partner of Sweid & Sweid.

Construction of the building has reached the fourth floor, with completion expected by next year. Sales begin next month.

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We’re ready for the TRID rules!

At 5 p.m. EST June 17, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a statement that the effective date for the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rules would be pushed back to Oct. 1, 2015.

CFPB Director Richard Cordray said in a prepared statement: “The CFPB will be issuing a proposed amendment to delay the effective date of the Know Before You Owe rule until Oct. 1, 2015. We made this decision to correct an administrative error that we just discovered in meeting the requirements under federal law, which would have delayed the effective date of the rule by two weeks. We further believe that the additional time included in the proposed effective date would better accommodate the interests of the many consumers and providers whose families will be busy with the transition to the new school year at that time.”

Rainier Title has been working towards the TRID implementation for over a year and felt prepared for August 1st. However, with the proposed delay we will be taking this opportunity to continue our education and training of TRID. While we believe that we have been proactive and ready for this change, there are still so many unknowns that will have to be addressed at the time of implementation. The industry should still prepare for 45-60 days for transaction to close due to the new timing parameters of the forms.

We’re working hard to be ready for all changes!


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