The Housing Sentiment Index (HSI), jointly developed by IIM-Bangalore & MagicBricks, is based on an online survey of prospective home buyers in eight major cities of India -- Delhi, Noida, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune and Bangalore.
"Home buyers across the nation expect real estate prices to fall over the next six months. The aggregate Housing Sentiment Index (HSI) dropped to 93 from 117 in the previous quarter, a decline of over 20 per cent," IIMB and Magicbricks, which is part of Times of India Group, said in a statement.
A HSI of 100 suggests that buyers expect prices to remain at current levels, while values lower (greater) than 100 suggest that buyers expect prices to fall (rise).
"An aggregate HSI score of 93 for the 8 cities surveyed indicates expectation of a price fall over the next 6 months. The index fell from 117 last quarter, which indicates a shift in sentiment among prospective home buyers," it added.
Buyers in Bangalore still expect prices to marginally increase (HSI=106) while buyers in the other 7 major cities expect prices to fall, with Mumbai having the lowest HSI score of 81. The Telengana crisis seems to have hurt buyer sentiment in Hyderabad badly as its HSI score fell by over 30 per cent to 83, the report said.
"The trend is strong in all the eight cities that were surveyed and reflects a shift from the previous quarter when buyers expected price rise to continue," the statement said.
The percentage of buyers who expect prices to fall by more than 10 per cent has almost doubled from 14 per cent of sample last quarter to 25 per cent this quarter.
"Not surprisingly, more buyers are willing to wait, with almost a third of our sample willing to wait more than a year before buying a property. The expected waiting time has increased to 9 months, something that does not augur well for the inventory-heavy industry," the report said.