Ringing in 2013 with high hopes
NO BANG, ONLY WHIMPER
“The entire housing driven economy has taken a setback. The governments are trying to recover revenue through higher taxes and premiums, which will be counterproductive and is resulting in the price escalations. The governments has preferred to avoid taking decisions in real estate sector to avoid controversies, which further resulted in slow down and price increase due to shortages. The business mathematics has gone wrong for most developers and this ultimately affects consumers as well as governments,” says Lalit Kumar Jain, the national President of CREDAI and CMD of Pune-based Kumar Urban Development.
The buyers had to put on hold their decision due to price escalations and inflationary pressures. Further, interest rates went on increasing and home loans were turning unviable. Festival seasons and exhibitions could not boost buyer sentiments. Gimmicks failed as well.
“Developers have consciously reinvented themselves, by launching new projects, which would appeal to customers in the current economic environment and sentiments. However, due to rising input costs and increased cost of debt, developers have not been able to lower prices. Thus many developers took to innovative marketing and pricing strategies like branded apartment, 20:80 payments etc to get better response,”
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