What’s the future of Indian real estate after demonetization, RERA, and GST?
Indian Real estate after Demonetization
The real estate sector in the country is far from having a pristine reputation. The sector is plagued with complaints from buyers which accuse it of being unaccountable and lack of transparency.
So since this sector is known to be linked to black money, it comes as no surprise that the sector would feel the brunt of the demonetization exercise undertaken by the government of India. The thought process behind the exercise is to curb the free flow of illegal money in the country’s economic channels. So overnight the government made two of the high denomination notes in circulation worthless. This made about 80% of the currency in circulation also worthless. There also many restrictions which were placed on how much a person could withdraw from banks. This throw a spanner in the works for many normal citizens.
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The realty sector was already witnessing a slump. Prices were high and the industry was not seeing much traction. With demonetization things took an even bigger nose dive. Cities such as Bangalore were severely affected. There was hardly any money in circulation for basic necessities much less for luxury flats in Bangalore. With many restrictions being placed there was hardly any interest shown towards purchasing properties such as villas and luxury apartments for sale in Bangalore and many other parts of the country.
Sales of plots, resale homes and luxury properties plummeted during this time. Though real estate was put under enormous pressure in the short term, for the long term a different picture will emerge for the sector. Demonetization might help eliminate the odour of illegal activities plaguing the sector. This will be good for the image of the sector which has taken quite a bit of battering over the years.
The buyers have also benefited from the demonetization. It has put them in a better position in terms of bargaining with the builders. Be it an affordable independent home or a luxury apartments for sale in Bangalore or Chennai, the buyers who were serious about their purchase would have been in a good bargaining position especially with cash strapped developers. Another development thanks to demonetization is the lowering of interest rate on home loans. Since the banks were overflowing with money because of this effort by the government, they were able to reduce the interest rates they were charging on all kinds of loans. So though demonetization did not do the realty sector good initially, the buyers did benefit from it. If you had your eyes set on luxury flats in Bangalore demonetization has brought you one step closer to it.
RERA and GST impact on Indian Real estate
Real estate in India has not been performing the way it ought to for the last few years. It has been a period of lows from which it has not been able to recover from. The pricing could be a main culprit in the downfall being experienced by this entity. Real estate prices in the country have been over inflated. When properties have become so unaffordable, how can one expect buyers to even think about owning a property?
These days potential home owners hardly get converted into actual home owners. Why is that you might wonder? This is because the present pricing patterns are not in the favour of the consumers. That is to say that the market has not been a buyer’s market but a seller’s market. If the market conditions which are presently prevalent continue to remain so, then it is a worrying thing for the realty sector.
Another factor that is affecting realty growth are the endless construction delays. The industry has gotten a very bad reputation in this regard. It has become a norm rather than an exception which is a sad state of affairs. The construction and real estate industries are laying the blame on the government and its policies for these delays. They say that the number of approvals required for the construction of a project and the bureaucratic red tape around them is what’s causing the delay in the handover of villas for sale in Bengaluru and other parts of the country.
So how to address all the problems being faced by both the industry and the consumers. How can houses for sale in Bengaluru and other parts of the country become cheaper? How can villas for sale in Bengaluru be handed over to the buyer on time? The industry is looking towards two governmental policies which might set it on course of growth.
The biggest legislation that has come into effect to monitor the on goings of the real estate sector is the Real Estate Regulatory Act 2016 (RERA). This law will govern almost all aspects of the real estate sector and hold all the stakeholders accountable for what’s happening to the sector. Delays in handover and money flow problems have been addressed through this legislation. Never again can this sector be accused of being an unregulated. Consumers and builders will be held accountable for their actions. The RERA has not been implemented completely yet. But when it does houses for sale in Bengaluru would not be a hassle to purchase.
As far as the pricing is concerned, many are predicting that there is a price correction in the offing. They might not be wrong considering that the prices are the way they are at the moment. Another factor that could influence real estate prices is the Goods and Services Tax. It is expected that real estate prices might drop after this tax comes into effect. The tax slabs for realty have not been decided yet but there is hope that the industry will benefit.