Caption: Cost is no longer the top reason you're not interested in buying a property, with "Risk" overtaking it. 12.47% of respondents are held back by the fact that there is no permanent residency tied to property ownership, and 8.9% of respondents are concerned whether there are adequate legal protections. What is clearly much less of a concern is value for money. It was chosen by only 6.61% of respondents as a reason why not to buy. Given the fall in house prices across the UAE, this is perhaps not so much of a surprise.