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India's property prices bite the dust - with a few exceptions

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  New Delhi , November 22, 2011
First Published: 20:48 IST(22/11/2011) | Last Updated: 21:39 IST(22/11/2011)

Residential property prices have dropped across most cities, with an exception of Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Pune, mirroring the trend that consumers are perhaps putting off planned house purchases due to rising interest rates and fall in disposable incomes.


The movement in prices of residential properties has shown a decreasing trend in nine cities covered by the National Housing Bank's (NHB) Residex during the July-September quarter of 2011 compared to the previous three months. ( see table)

NHB Residex tracks the housing prices in the select 15 cities. The classification has been designed so as to give the most representative index for each city based on the transactions in the market and data collected from various sources.

The data is put through a model that depicts the actual behaviour of the market and throws up the index.

Bank credit has slowed down in most sectors during the last six months prompted by deceleration in investment demand. Latest data mirror strong warnings on consumer spending slowdown.

Loans to real estate have also slowed down sharply to 2.3% during the first six of 2011-12 from 10.3% in the previous year.

The RBI has raised interest rates 13 times in the past 19 months to tame prices.

Credit growth to industry during April to September decelerated to 7.5% from 8.1% last year.

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