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National Capital Region has unsold housing stock worth over Rs 77,000 crore: Study
Financial Express  |  February 19, 2020

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A demand slowdown has resulted in real estate developers in the National Capital Region (NCR) accumulating unsold housing stock worth over Rs 77,000 crore, a study by real estate portal PropTiger.com shows.

 

According to the numbers available with the Elara Technologies-owned real estate advisory portal, developers in Noida and Gurugram markets were sitting on a combined unsold stock comprising over one lakh units at the end of 2019.

 

The study indicates that sales in both the markets declined during the period between October and December 2019, despite a low interest rate regime, higher tax deductions and availability of ready-to-move-in homes.

 

Taking  stock of the NCR housing market in Q3 FY ‘20

 

 

Noida

Gurugram

Sales (in units)

2,830

3,834

Launches (in units)

546

1,706

Inventory (in units)

59,261

42,071

Inventory Overhang (in months)

52

25

Average Price

Rs 3,923 psf

Rs 5,236 psf

Source: Real Insight-Q3 FY20 by PropTiger DataLabs

 

Housing sales declined 38% in Noida during the third quarter year-on-year while sales numbers fell by 6% in Gurguram. In terms of launches, Gurugram witnessed a y-o-y fall of 74% while Noida saw launches decreasing 61% when compared to the same period a year-ago.

 

“Project delays, instances of big developers going insolvent and the NBFC issue, to name a few reasons, have adversely impacted NCR’s real estate. We expect the negative buyer sentiment towards the market to change as the apex court has passed decisive judgments in the Amrapali, Jaypee and Unitech cases. Various tax benefits offered by the government to promote affordable housing also gives us reason to believe a recovery might be in the offing, in the medium term,” said Dhruv Agarwala, Group CEO, Housing.com Makaan.com & PropTiger.com.

 

“The Budget 2020-21, for instance, proposes to extend the benefit under Section 80EEA for another year apart from extending the tax holiday period for builders taking up affordable projects. On the other hand, the share of affordable homes in the Gurugram market is also likely to increase as new infrastructure developments give a boost to city suburbs,” added Agarwala.

 

Inventory burden

 

Noida also has the highest inventory overhang of 52 months among India’s nine key residential markets, the study reveals. This implies that real estate developers in this market would take four years and four months to sell of the existing stock, keeping in mind the current sales velocity. With a 25-month overhang, builders in Gurugram would also take a long time to sell their unsold stock.

 

Changing trends

 

The share of affordable homes in overall sales and new launches in Gurugram, which has traditionally been a higher end market, are seen to be increasing— 74% homes sold in the Millennium City during the quarter ending December were units priced up to Rs 45 lakh 79% of overall launches were units priced up to Rs 25 lakh.

 

In Noida, which has been the poster-child of affordable realty in the NCR, all the fresh launches in Q3 were homes priced above Rs 1 core. Nearly 15% units sold during the quarter here were also priced above Rs 1 crore. However, affordable homes contributed nearly 53% to overall sales.

 

Moderate price increase

 

Average values of apartments also saw 6% annual appreciation in Gurugram while prices increased only 1% in Noida, a residential market that has been hit the hardest by an ongoing slowdown in sales.