Robust growth of IT/ITeS sector, affordable rentals & start-up boom have worked in favour of Southern office markets

  • Of 21.32 mn sq. ft. net absorption in FY21 across the top 7 cities, Bengaluru, Chennai & Hyderabad accounted for a 66% share, followed by West (MMR & Pune) with 21% & North (NCR) with 11%
  • Back in FY18, South cities comprised a 47% share, West – 33%, North – 17%
  • Office supply – of 40.25 mn sq. ft. of new office space completion in FY21, South cities dominated with a 63% share; West – 19%, North – 18%
  • Southern office rentals saw double-digit growth (11-15%) in this period; other regions lagged behind

Mumbai, 13 September 2021: The main South India office markets have overtaken other regions in terms of new supply, net absorption, and even rental growth. Among the top 7 cities, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, and Chennai saw their share of total office leasing increase to 66% in FY21 (against 47% in FY18).

The net office absorption in FY21 in the top cities was 21.32 mn sq.

COVID-19 has driven a lot of latent demand into tier 2 and 3 cities. This demand is driven by the improved economic growth, infrastructural developments, lower cost of living and more attractive real estate prices in these cities.
As many as 58,290 homes were sold in the top 7 cities in Q1 2021 in comparison to 45,200 units in Q1 2020 - effectively breaching pre-COVID levels. MMR and Pune together accounted for 53% of housing sales in the quarter –