New digital platform to tackle real estate scams

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The Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) has launched a first-of-its-kind platform to ensure transparency in the real estate sector of Abu Dhabi, a top official said.

With the ‘DARI’ digital property services system, community members can be safeguarded against any real estate scams, fake agents, online listings of non-existing projects and offers. The website or DARI app will feature all the DMT-approved official projects, leasing, buying or selling of properties.

“Any developer with a real estate project in Abu Dhabi, who wants to sell will be available on this platform. A resident wanting to buy a flat can visit the platform and find all the officially approved projects by the municipality. You can check the progress made on the projects and when it will get completed. It’s all official and DMT-acknowledged information. So, there will be no need for a third party to get any information on a project,” Dr Adeeb Al Afeefi, executive director of the real estate sector at DMT, told Khaleej Times.

“Our main objective is to have higher transparency in Abu Dhabi’s real estate sector.”

The DMT has developed DARI in collaboration with the Advanced Real Estate Services Company (ADRES). Moath Maqbol, general manager, ADRES, which specialises in property technology (PropTech) and real estate solutions, said the new platform will enhance quality of services and life of individuals in Abu Dhabi.

“ADRES leverages the expertise in real estate to support Abu Dhabi’s vision to create more transparency, efficient and new services. So, no more fake agents in Abu Dhabi unless they are listed on this platform. Once you log into the platform, go to the brokers section and find all the registered names,” Maqbol said.