Historically, the major demand driver for NRIs investing in Indian real estate was their eventual inevitable return to India. The general sentiment of a post-COVID-19 reverse exodus to India has thrown this driver into sharper relief.
Currently, the top 7 cities account for almost 70% of India's residential market, with the remaining 30% accounted for in Tier 2 & 3 cities. This ratio may well change in times to come. Cities like Lucknow, Indore, Chandigarh, Kochi, Coimbatore, Jaipur and Ahmedabad would be the main beneficiaries of the reverse migration of professionals who have lost their jobs in the metros or are likely to.
Homeownership is now a compelling priority for millennials facing uncertain times. Out of the total voters favouring real estate, 55% are aged between 25-35 years - and 68% are end-users. In the H2 2019 edition of this survey, only 42% were in this age bracket.