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What’s in for the Indian Real Estate Sector – Union Budget 2022

2020 – what a year it was, right? Filled with so many uncertainties, yet possibilities and hope. People looking out through their closed windows, in hope for brighter future. Well, things are changing, the world is getting back to normal, and the economy that was on a downfall showed V-shaped recovery. The real estate sector was one of the important sectors that supported the India economy during the pandemic. This sector contributes 6% in the GDP share which is a lot, if you consider the macro-economic.

The Union Budget for 2022-23 will be presented by the Finance Minister of India on 1st February 2022. Many developers are hopeful that this year’s budget would change the condition of the Indian real estate sector by providing some relief and adjustments from the government’s side.

What’s in for the Indian Real Estate Sector – Union Budget 2022

“At a time when the economy is anxious about recovery due to the Omicron threat, we look forward to a positive approach from the budget. In addition to agriculture, the focus is likely to be maintained on manufacturing, infrastructure, and the real estate sector in the budget. On the wish list will once again be infrastructure status for real estate sector. It has the potential to unlock a host of benefits for boosting foreign as well domestic investment. Reduction in GST rates of key construction material, an extension of credit linked subsidy scheme (CLSS) and enhancement in interest deduction limits on housing loans are also highly desirable,” said Anurag Mathur, CEO, Savills India.

“The country is poised for growth in Life Sciences R&D. A special policy focus on this aimed at attracting investment in R&D real estate will provide a great platform for future. All these will go a long way in attracting investment, accelerating demand, and supporting a higher growth trajectory,” Anurag Mathur added further.

“With signs of revival already visible over the last few months, the realty sector is looking at robust housing demand in 2022 and beyond. While interest rates are already at their lowest, a tax holiday for homebuyers will go a long way in boosting the market sentiment, nudging fence sitters to take a decision. Focus should be given to stalled/ stressed projects, apart from providing impetus to affordable and rental housing as we enter 2022 . This will likely free up capital and provide liquidity to the sector. Additionally, serious thoughts need to be given to GST towards major input materials as the rising cost structure could lead to long-term increase in prices thereby softening demand,” says Farshid Cooper, MD, Spenta Corporation.

“The realty sector in the pandemic has become one of the most trusted investment choices for buyers and investors. The sector, despite early shocks, effectively utilized the emerging trends and customer choices to sustain growth. Technology adoption and digitalisation largely aided growth. We saw how favourable government policies such as stamp duty cuts, low-interest rates on home loans and infrastructure development supported the sector. We expect that the Union Budget will announce customer-friendly steps such as tax reliefs to homebuyers to encourage and empower them. We also expect a single-window clearance mechanism to fast track approvals and avoid project delays. The sector is one of the largest employers and growth engines, and efforts should be made on boosting connectivity, industrialisation and technology penetration across the country to strengthen the investment climate, generate better revenues and accelerate the country’s development,” said Yashank Wason, Managing Director, Royal Green Realty.

Top 7 urban areas see 113% rise in housing sales, new start bounce: Report

The pandemic brought everything to a halt and left everything in a distress. Every small, medium and large business felt the wrath of Covid-19, after which many struggled to get back on their feet. Indian Real Estate suffered the most in terms of growth and finance. The commercial spaces were left behind, the very day companies moved to the Work From Home model, people were left jobless when the companies weren’t able to meet the expanse and they left for their hometown, hence, the rented spaces were also left abandoned as they weren’t able to meet the rent.

However, the Indian Real Estate market is getting back on track and is seeing a great recovery. In Q3, the housing sales saw a 113% increase in the top 7 cities. In the Q3 of 2020, 29,520 units were sold when in Q3 of 2021 around 62,800 units were sold, according to the report published by Anarock.

The report also suggested that with the arrival of new launches the real estate market sales rose in the top 7 cities by 98% yearly, wherein Q3 of 2020 only 32,350 units were sold, however, in Q3 of 2021, the market sold around 64,560 units. Remarkably, the mid-range housing projects priced between Rs. 40-80 lakh and premium range projects between Rs. 80 lakh to Rs. 1.5 crore are making huge profits with new supplies with 41% and 25% shares, respectively. However, the low range segment saw a reduction in supply to just 24% in Q3 2021.

The average price of the property saw a 3% increase across the top 7 cities, with Bengaluru leading with a 4% rise in Q3 2021.

“IT/ITeS continues to push the bulk of housing demand in the top 7 cities,

“In Q3 2021, considerably improved job security and robust hiring in the IT/ITeS and financial sectors piggybacked on record-low home loan rates and increasing homeownership sentiment. The ongoing work from home culture continues to impact residential sentiment on two major fronts – overall housing demand and unit sizes. The fast-paced vaccination drive is an added sentiment booster, especially in terms of increased site visits,” said Mr. Anuj Puri, Chairman of ANAROCK Group.

Going by the report, the Indian real estate market is steadily growing in the right direction which seemed like a far-fetched dream last year. However, top real estates agents of India are positive that more sales would be recorded by the end of Q4 2021.

Step by Step, Indian Real Estate is Reviving From Covid Effect – Report

Soon after the lockdown was lifted, the Indin economy has been experiencing a ‘V-shape’ recovery, and everything has started to get back on track slowly and steadily. Even, the Indian real estate market is showing signs of great recovery where both residential and commercial property sections are healing from the Covid-19 effect. The pandemic came as a surprise to all of us. It brought everything to halt. From small to medium to large businesses, almost everything suffered the wrath of Covid-19.

Thankfully, things are getting better now. All thanks to the fast vaccination drive which allowed us to get vaccinated at a faster pace, so that, we could get back to live an almost normal life. The commercial office spaces were left abandoned when the ‘Work from Home’ policy was applied in almost every office and business, the renting and leasing saw a decline as people were more inclined towards saving more and spending less because no one knew when the lockdown will come to an end, all these things made the Indian real estate market slow in terms of economic growth. However, things are taking a sharp turn now and we are getting back on track. Also, read  – Which is a Better Option? Real Estate? Or Stocks? Or Both?.

“The market seems to have factored in the very low likelihood of a complete lockdown as was seen last year due to the ample availability of the Covid vaccine. Comparatively lower residential prices, attractive interest rates, and higher household savings rates over the past year should support housing demand going forward. With the upcoming festive season, the market is gearing up for new project launches and consumers are likely to reciprocate,” said Shishir Baijal, CMD, Knight Frank India.

The top seven Indian property markets saw a jump of a record 124% in housing sales, as per the data collected by JLL, and the data collected by Knight Frank showed a rise of 92% in housing sales.

“Developers have already started launching optimally sized apartments to capture changing consumer preference across most of the cities. The Indian residential sector is expected to witness sustained growth in the coming quarters. Renewed buyer confidence has been instrumental in the recovery of the housing market in Q3 2021, which recorded a good volume of sales and launches compared to the same period last year and almost inching towards the pre-covid era,” said Siva Krishnan, head – residential, India, JLL. Also read – Commercial Real Estate in Post-COVID World.

Among the large metro cities, Chennai, Bengaluru, and National Capital Region (NCR) saw the highest recovery in terms of sales and purchase.

In terms of renting and purchasing, the real estate market is heading towards great stability. It is believed that, by the end of the fourth quarter of 2021, the market will see a higher transactions rate, as people are now more confident and are actively taking part in reviving the economy.