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Realty prices in Mumbai fall by 12%; first drop since 2010

This is also the first time around 80% of the builders have enforced rate cuts to woo homebuyers

mumbai Updated: Jan 11, 2018 10:42 IST
Naresh Kamath
Naresh Kamath
Hindustan Times
Mumbai,real estate,realty
The builders are desperate to offload their existing stock and hence are giving discounts and other sops to attract buyers, said an expert.(HT File)

Faced with a realty slowdown and depleting sales, builders have, for the first time since 2010, reduced real estate prices by an average 11%-12 % in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR).

This includes both a reduction in base price as well as sops and incentives like the waiver of stamp duty and no floor rise charges.

This is also the first time approximately 80% of builders are indulging in rate cuts to woo homebuyers.

The report, published by Knight Frank India, a real estate consultancy firm, said it is a buyers’ market.

“The builders are desperate to offload their existing stock and hence are giving discounts and other sops to attract buyers,” said Samantak Das, chief economist and national director, Knight Frank India.

He said in some cases, builders have even given discounts up to 25 % after negotiations with buyers.

Some of the schemes in the market are waiver of stamp duty and registration fees, no floor rises, 24-month rent assurance as well as gift items.

Currently, builders are saddled with a huge inventory of unsold apartments running into more than 2.67 lakh in MMR, which includes 1 lakh home units in Mumbai alone.

According to builders, discounts have become the norm of the day.

“There is a huge supply and we need to sell them and hence are offering rate cuts,” said Ashok Mohanani, chairman

and managing director, Ekta World. Rajesh Vardhan, director, Vardhman Developers, said discounts tend to increase sales. “They bring momentum in sales as we need money to execute our projects,” said Vardhan. Buyers, however, are still playing the waiting game and are exploring various options.

“I feel that the prices will come down further and since I have waited till now, I will wait a little more,” said Ashish Jaiswal, who is senior bank executive.

The real estate industry, in the past few years, has been going through a tough phase. Builders jacked prices to exorbitant levels, forcing many homebuyers to postpone their purchase plans. In addition, the Reserve Bank of India laid down stringent lending norms as well as hiked interests on home loans.

First Published: Jan 11, 2018 09:39 IST