Ready-to-move-in homes remained the preferred option for home buyers in 2020

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Updated: Feb 15, 2021 2:14 PM

A total of 1,82,640 units were sold in the 2020 calendar year, of which 21 per cent were in the RTMI category and 79 per cent were under-construction homes.

The share of RTMI in the total sales during 2015 was 7 per cent, which increased to 10 per cent in 2016, 12 per cent in 2017, 15 per cent in 2018 and 18 per cent in 2019.

The share of ready-to-move-in (RTMI) homes in the total housing sales in the primary market of the top 8 cities rose to 21 per cent in the pandemic-hit 2020, from 18 per cent in the previous year, as home buyers preferred completed apartments to avoid the risks attached with under-construction properties, according to a report by PropTiger.com.

In its latest ‘Real Insight Residential-Annual round-up-2020’, PropTiger says that a total of 1,82,640 units were sold in the 2020 calendar year, of which 21 per cent were in the RTMI category and 79 per cent were under construction.

In 2019, a total of 3,47,590 units were sold, of which 18 per cent were RTMI. PropTiger research found that the share of RTMI in the total sales has been on the rise since 2016.

The share of RTMI in the total sales during 2015 was 7 per cent, which increased to 10 per cent in 2016, 12 per cent in 2017, 15 per cent in 2018 and 18 per cent in 2019.

“Risk-averse home buyers are increasingly opting for ready-to-move-in flats. Even in under-construction properties, the preference is towards branded developers or those with an impeccable track record of execution,” said Dhruv Agarwala, Group CEO, Housing.com, Makaan.com & PropTiger.com.

Among various cities, the share of RTMI units in the total sales was the highest in Chennai at 32 percent and lowest in Hyderabad at 12 per cent, during 2020. However, the share of RTMI units in the total sales increased the most in the Delhi-NCR at 27 per cent in 2020, up from 17 per cent in the previous year.

SALES – RTMI VS UNDER CONSTRUCTION – Top 8 cities

Improving Sentiments

In line with the improving overall economic scenario, residential demand and supply are inching back towards pre-COVID levels with sales and new launches witnessing a sharp recovery in the fourth quarter of the 2020 calendar year, after a muted performance during the April-September period.

The latest December 2020 PropTiger Research survey points out that real estate continues to remain the preferred investment asset class, as 43 per cent of the respondents favoured real estate while fixed deposits and stock market investments were a choice of 21 per cent and 20 per cent respondents, respectively.

In the earlier survey carried out in May 2020, when the country was in a lockdown to check the spread of the COVID-19 virus, 35 percent of the respondents preferred real estate as an investment asset class while 22 per cent, 15 percent, and 28 per cent voted in favour of fixed deposits, stocks, and gold, respectively.

In the backdrop of a work-from-home scenario becoming a longlasting phenomenon, the December survey also revealed that 47 per cent of the participants preferred larger homes. In the May 2020 survey, only 33 percent had this preference.

“The demand for larger homes is growing after the outbreak of the coronavirus. Real estate was always the preferred investment class from the point of view of the perceived financial security it offered as well as from the standpoint of capital appreciation. However, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a renewed interest in home ownership, particularly from millennials,” Agarwala added.

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