The property market is still new, and a lot of accommodations are still being built. Although you can use the internet and Qatar-specific websites like Coreo to get an idea of the property market, you may have trouble finding prices and completed residences. It is a better idea to contact a developer or an estate consultant directly to help you find a property.
Buying through a developer
Many Qatar residences are still under construction, which means you might need to buy your off-plan (before it’s finished). Major developers include Barwa, First Qatar, Qatari Diar, and the United Development Company.
Many of these companies' websites are flashy, but they have little information about prices and actually purchasing the property. To find more information about a specific property, you will have to contact the developer directly by telephone or arrange an appointment.
Using an estate agent
Real estate agencies will readily help you find a new or resale property to purchase. Real estate agencies in Qatar include Century 21 Qatar and Qatar Sotheby's. Mirage is one of Qatar's leading real estate consultancies.
Although estate agents only offer limited value, it doesn’t cost to use their services: In Qatar the real estate agent's commission is paid by the seller, not the buyer.
Precautions when buying property abroad
Regardless of how you purchase your property, you should check to make sure that your developer and/or real estate agent is licensed. Most developers are licensed, but you should also make sure that they have not been involved in any fraud.
Recently, property owners have complained that developers used cheap materials when constructing their homes. Be sure to check your developer's history, and ask other property owners if they are satisfied with their property.
If you need assistance understanding the purchase contracts, consult a lawyer who can speak English and Arabic.