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2018: A Horizon Full Of Opportunities



2018: A Horizon Full Of Opportunities

Taking up a roller coaster ride, the Indian real estate sector has gone through some big changes in 2017. Be it a regulatory reform like RERA or an introduction of a new taxation system, GST, the market has seen various trends during this phase. As on one hand these changes brought the market to a standstill, they also brought the long awaited transparency and accountability on the other hand. RERA has brought the developers in line and made sure that the deliveries are on time and transactions are totally transparent. Protecting the buyer’s interests, this will be an essential factor for a higher growth in coming future.


This effect has resulted into a large number of unsold units, bringing down the prices. This excess supply of units has brought the buyers, a luxury of choosing the properties of their choice at their budgeted prices. It is believed that now this phase of the real estate market is ruled by the buyers and will continue to do so for some time.


New home launches across various cities of India have dropped to a significant level in the third quarter of the current fiscal. Nearly the third of a calendar year shows a drop of 40 percent in the overall number of project launches.  This graph predicts that the demands will slowly gain momentum and the prices will start picking up.  As builders have begun to focus on finishing their current projects as soon as possible.


The excess liquidity in the banking system have led the RBI to lower down the key lending rates. The home loan interest rates went down from 9.5 percent a year to 8.3-8.4 percent. That invites for a considerable savings in the EMI costs; enabling the consumers to take advantage of low-cost home finance, and buy a house of their own. In 2018 it is expected to continue on the same path.


After the revision of the carpet area for the Middle Income Group (MIG) category under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (PMAY) scheme, the affordable housing sector might see a jump in sales. Carpet area saw an increment from 90 sq m to 120 sq m in MIG-1 and 110 sq m to 150 sq m for MIG-2. Giving the middle income home buyers a bigger and better houses. Taking the cue, the developers are now catering to this special segment in order to clear out the stock of unsold units.


Following the trends, there is a prediction about merging of the real estate sector in 2018. The toughened RERA laws will push the non-complying companies into a merger with the bigger players. Eliminating the delay and other setbacks, the consumers will be more protected, hence elevating the level of confidence. The Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) will be boosted further, making Indian real estate a global market. The smart city initiative by the government will also enhance the social and the economic infrastructure of the many upcoming cities.

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