Property prices of some metro cities like Mumbai, Kolkata have been the favorite topic of many on the dining table conversation. Despite of various options on moving price, buying and affordable real estate in Kolkata and Mumbai remains distant dream for average Mumbaikar. Still the fact is the demand is growing and millions are in line to buy a home in this city.
Obviously the solution is to increase supply of more affordable houses. But in that also problem lies. Delay in the approval from government which adds cost on. Builders see economic slowdown and burdening debt compel them in focusing other projects. This is not all because typically, these homes generate low return and builders’ interest in them also slow down. Many time these affordable houses hardly become the core of the business of developers. This happens when there is much demand for luxury houses.
Traditionally it is been that higher is the value of homes in these big cities. Even at the time of recession in the year 2008, Mumbai and Delhi market stood strong. Some of the locations of Mumbai have seen certain lull. But all together the market was not at all dull.
The recent trend prevailing in Mumbai as per report is:
Price of home inventory in Mumbai has been overstated. Supply depends on the projects that got launched still not started construction or completing after long time. It means demand of houses is greater than number of them available. According to the reports, mostly quoted price of inventory calculation is done by dividing the available stock which is added cost of completed construction+ ongoing + launched but not started by the actual trail absorption by 12 months. Here absorption means sold flats monthly price, against which 900 units were in 2011 and 1040 units in 2012.
Delay in constraints supply
The reason behind weak supply of ready homes is due to the delay in getting approvals or execution. By the end of 2013, Mumbai has seen a supply of complete 8350 units. It has taken 9 months to supply with present absorption rate, 900 units each month.
Land price high
Higher price of houses are supported by the high price in land which in turn reduce the ability of a developer to cut price. In property developers there is equity investors involved in project from its starting. They promise specific return on those investment which cuts down home price toughly.
Not interested in cutting price
Those developers who bough much expensive land before 2 to 3 years back obviously can’t able to cut price much. They bought at a less price on 2005 cannot afford to cut down the price and can achieve high volume. Despite this is an issue of affordability.
Upward movement in price
Over the last few years, the real estate price of Mumbai has gone up only except certain decline in parts of Mumbai during global financial crisis. Again this has strengthen the believes that a unsold property can be sold anytime at higher price in the future.