Real estate news on Good time to buy luxury flats in NCR, says report

Real Estate services, Residential Properties, Delhi NCR
Posted on Nov 17, 2016

If you are looking to buy an apartment, this could be a really good time to do so in the NCR. According to real estate pundits, in the short term and midterm, prices could undergo a correction in the luxury and secondary, or re-sale, market of apartments.

However, not much change is expected in the affordable, end-user or primary markets of real estate in cities such as Noida and Greater Noida. The analysis has been released by Gurgaon-based real estate experts, Colliers International, India, in a flash report on the immediate impact of the demonetisation of 500-rupee and 1,000-rupee notes on the real estate market.

Amit Oberoi, national director, knowledge systems, Colliers International, told TOI that an immediate period of deflation was expected with significantly reduced liquidity in the market in the near term. "With money becoming dearer and those incurring financial losses likely to curb their spending, there will be a pause in the market," Oberoi said.

He said there would be little or no transactions in land, commercial strata sale and secondary sale of residential units at least for the next three months. "The primary reason for this lull in the market is that a majority of the players will get busy in figuring out how to account for the black money and cut their losses. At the same time, investors with white money will also adopt a wait-and-watch approach. Developers will be negatively impacted and can expect worsening of their cash flows," Oberoi said.

He said that most Grade A developers, however, had stopped the practice of taking cash in primary sales, thus they were less likely to be impacted in the short run.

The report says that in the short term to midterm, from three to 12 months, the real estate prices could fall further as interest rates could begin to drop. "We expect a fall in inflation rates in the next three to 12 months. The effective price of real estate to the buyers should thus come down, but not enough to trigger massive sales owing to uncertainty in the markets. We expect some properties to be available in the secondary market at a further discount because of the financial stress," Oberoi said.

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