Housing sales drop by 37% in NCR during Jan-June

Written by Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: Aug 26 2014, 22:26pm hrs
Real EstateLaunches of new homes in NCR fell by nearly 43 % at 35,500 units during January-June 2014. (File photo)
Housing sales dropped by 37 per cent in Delhi-NCR to nearly 28,500 units during the first six months of this year due to slowdown in the property market, real estate consultant Knight Frank said today.

In the year-ago period, the National Capital Region (NCR) had witnessed sales of 45,300 housing units.

Launches of new homes in NCR fell by nearly 43 per cent at 35,500 units during January-June 2014 as compared with the corresponding period of last year.

Despite lower launches, Knight Frank said nearly 1.67 lakh units remained unsold in the NCR market in June and it would take more than two years to sell these unsold inventories. It also pointed out that a vast majority of projects in Delhi-NCR are delayed.

"The National Capital Region witnessed a slowdown during 2013, and this downward trend continues in 2014 as well," Knight Frank India said in a report 'India Real Estate Outlook' released today.

"Pressures of substantial unsold inventory and liquidity constraints have compelled developers to keep new launches in check. Similarly, on demand side, consumer sentiment was weakened by the uncertain economic fundamentals and impending elections," the consultant said.

Knight Frank said the average housing prices in Delhi-NCR rose by 5 per cent during the first half of 2014 at Rs 4,400 per sq ft and expects rates to increase further by 2 per cent in second half (H2) of the year in view of the recovery in sales volume.

However, company's Executive Director (Capital Markets & North) Rajeev Bairathi said there is no effective increase in residential prices after taking into account the benefits offered to buyers under subvention scheme and freebies.

"No developers want to reduce basic selling price. If they will do that, it will start downward spiral. Builders come up with interest subvention scheme and freebies to boost sales," said Knight Frank India National director Residential Agency Mudassir Zaidi.

Presenting an outlook for the second half of this year, Knight Frank expects NCR property market to gain momentum despite reeling under immense pressure of unsold inventory.

"Market sentiment has already seen some improvement post the election...sales enquiries have gone up in the past month, indicating some sort of revival," the report said.

New launches would increase by 10 per cent to 37,000 units in the H2 2014 compared to the same period last year while absorption is forecast to increase by 17 per cent to 30,500 units in H2 2014 compared to H2 2013.

However, Knight Frank said that even with a recovery in H2 2014, the overall yearly numbers will be slightly below those of 2013.

"New launches and absorption for the year 2014 will stand at 72,700 units and 59,000 units, showing a decline of 24 per cent and 17 per cent, respectively," the report said.