Prashant Thakur, Head – Research, ANAROCK Property Consultants
Developed by the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) decades ago, HSR Layout – home to upper-crust residents and even some ministers – is strategically located between major IT hubs including Electronic City, Outer Ring Road and Sarjapur Road.
Not surprisingly given these excellent location antecedents, HSR Layout has transformed into a major residential-cum-commercial hotspot of Bangalore.
This micro-market is largely defined by sizeable bungalows, small builder-floor apartments, wide roads, several small parks and well-established retail options. It is also one of the most self-sustained localities in the city.
A Unique Lifestyle Quotient
Its proximity and easy connectivity with major IT hubs make HSR Layout a preferred residential destination for IT professionals working in nearby Infotech hubs.
There is no dearth of rental options here which are more affordable than in HSR Layout’s neighbouring IT/ITeS-dominated markets.
Its well-planned layout includes parks, schools and hospitals at a convenient distance in every corner of the locality.
HSR Layout’s well-developed social and physical infrastructure also makes it a desirable residential option, both from a purchase and rental point of view.
- Housing sales increase by 32% in a year, highest amongst the top cities
- Unsold housing stock declined by 32%
- Maximum new supply in the Rs. 40 – 80 lakh budget range
Bengaluru, 29 October 2018: Bengaluru’s real estate market has out-performed all other cities in terms of shedding unsold housing inventory, says the latest report by ANAROCK Property Consultants.
The report, released at ACETCH 2018 in Bengaluru last Friday, confirms that Bengaluru saw a remarkable decline of 25% in the total unsold stock across the top cities.
City-wise Unsold Inventory (in Units)
The report studies Bengaluru’s residential real estate trends since 2013, factoring in the city’s evolution in terms of infrastructure development, transport and connectivity.
Given the ever-escalating challenges the city faces on these fronts, a marked preference for walk-to-work options by homebuyers has become evident. That said, Bengaluru’s overall market profile retains most of its sheen thanks to its highly favourable confluence of market drivers.
Mayank Saksena, MD – Land & Head – South India, ANAROCK Property Consultants
Driven largely by the end-users, the Bengaluru real estate market has remained resilient even during the worst phase of the property cycle in the country.
Realistic property prices, ‘real’ demand by end-users, developers’ strategy to keep the new launches under control along with their consistent efforts to minimize the demand-supply gap have worked in favour of the ‘Garden City.’
Since the end-users here are mostly professionals working across service sectors led by the IT/ITeS, developers have been conscientiously aligning their offerings to this demand.
For instance, to cater to the demands of a tech-savvy homebuyer, developers have launched ‘Smart Homes’ for their buyers with several features at the ‘click of a button.’ Additionally, builders here were among the first to offer an online payment system for a property.
One of the major positives of this city is that it has always adapted well to the changing market dynamics, and therefore remains well-positioned for future growth as well.
As per ANAROCK data, the city added 8,800 units in Q2 2018,
Addition of nearly 6,800 new units marks 127% increase over previous quarter
Emerging as the front-runner in the major South Indian markets in terms of new housing supply infusion, Bengaluru saw significant growth in new housing launches as well as absorption in Q1 2018.
In fact, Bengaluru saw highest launches among these markets with nearly 6,800 new units supply in comparison to Hyderabad and Chennai, which saw the launch of 2,600 and 2,100 units respectively. Bengaluru also leads on the absorption front, with a total of 11,500 units sold in Q1 2018.
“Increased commercial activity, positive buyer sentiments, infrastructure upgrades and improved job opportunities in the city have given a major fillip to Bengaluru’s housing market,” says Anuj Puri, Chairman – ANAROCK Property Consultants. “This market is largely driven by the end-users who were in a wait-and-watch mode so far. These buyers have now actively returned to the market on the back of the overall sentiment upsurge resulting from the Bengaluru’s rapidly improving market fundamentals.”
Supply & absorption trends – Bengaluru, Hyderabad & Chennai
Bengaluru realty on an upswing
“Even at a pan-India level,
Chennai Saw Highest Housing Sales Dip In 2017, Bengaluru Lowest – ANAROCK Report
Unsold inventory decreased by 10% from 8.04 lakh units in Q4 2016 to 7.27 lakh units by Q4 2017
Mumbai, 22 March 2018: Fewer launches, subdued sales and muted property prices defined 2017 for the Indian residential real estate sector, according to a detailed report by ANAROCK Property Consultants.
With an annual decline of almost 50% in new launches and 15% decline in sales across top 7 cities in India, the sector was effectively shattered in 2017.
“A spate of policy reforms and structural changes literally crippled the sector,” says Anuj Puri, Chairman – ANAROCK Property Consultants. “Simultaneously and consequentially, it transitioned rapidly into a transparent and buyer-friendly one. With only end-users left to drive the market and investors more or less evaporating completely, developers throttled back severely on new launches to allow the market more scope to absorb the already staggering unsold inventory.”
2017’s Depressed New Launch Readings
- The top 7 cities recorded new unit launches of around 26 lakh in 2017 as opposed to 2.50 lakh in 2016.
Anuj Puri, Chairman – ANAROCK Property Consultants
NCR has witnessed a 3 to 5% decrease in average per-square-foot property prices over the last one year (Q4 2016 – Q3 2017).
See chart below:
Currently, NCR has the maximum number of unsold units among all the top cities in India. An approximate 2 lakh unsold units are stocked up across different cities in the region. Greater Noida has maximum share of unsold inventory, followed by Gurugram.
There are many reasons for the price decrease in NCR. To begin with, excessive delay in project construction and possession has hurt buyers’ sentiments and led to subdued demand. Also, many projects have been stalled due to agitations and litigation issues.
The massive unsold inventory itself has acted as a sentiment suppressant – and finally, while demonetisation, RERA, and GST are potentially positive moves for the industry, they have played a significant role in reduced buyer sentiment, contributing to the price falls.
Prices are likely to remain stagnant for a few more quarters.