While the areas within metropolitan limits will be saved from land devaluation due to their high-demand and low-supply scenario, their poorer cousins – the fringe areas – will see an impact after a year or so. As land prices ease in these areas, ticket sizes of apartments are also expected to come down.
The real estate markets in India seem to be aligning themselves to market realities in more ways than one. For the first time after 2008, residential apartments sold across India in the first three quarters of 2016 have been higher than new units launched in the same period. The current residential sales data indicates a continued stability in prices in the near future, denying market pundits’ recent predictions of heavy price corrections.
India’s retail market value was estimated at $520 billion in 2013, and is expected to grow to $950 billion by 2018. With a CAGR currently pegged at 13%, the Indian e-commerce market is expected to grow the fastest within the Asia-Pacific Region – with its market size doubling every 2-2.5 years. This certainly gives us reason for deep introspection. While the global growth rate of online shoppers is estimated at 8-10%, India currently has more than 10 million online shoppers.
In a slow real estate market, selling a house can be a daunting task. Nevertheless, selling a property is sometimes necessary or desirable despite market circumstances – for instance, when the home’s mortgage value is higher than its market worth, if one has purchased another house and faces difficulties in paying two mortgages, if one wants to upgrade to a bigger and better house or if there is a need to downsize. Other circumstances such as job relocation and family issues can also necessitate the sale of one’s home – with an express need for a quick sale.
Given the policy paralysis witnessed during the last two financial year (FY2012-13 and FY2013-14), GDP growth was recorded below 5.0% y/y during both years. Overcapacity in the critical mining and manufacturing sectors reduced the crucial supplies needed by various industries. As a result, a deadly combination of high inflation and falling consumption eventually stunted growth until early 2014. However, since the last two quarters, things have turned around.
In a market still defined by significant lack of transparency, real estate consultancies play a complex and responsibility-driven role in all real estate transactions, especially in the case of high-value property assets. In large ticket sized transactions such as those involved in Grade A office spaces, there can be no margin for error. Transparency, ethics and accurate market information play an inalienable role in closing such deals.